Congressman Kucinich Demands Answers From Administration About US Troops In

Washington, Apr 14 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
<>  (D-OH), Ranking Democrat on the House
Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and
International Relations, sent the following letter to President George W.
Bush today about the presence of US troops in Iran:

Dear President Bush:

Recently, it has been reported that U.S. troops are conducting military
operations in Iran.  If true, it appears that you have already made the
decision to commit U.S. military forces to a unilateral conflict with Iran,
even before direct or indirect negotiations with the government of Iran had
been attempted, without UN support and without authorization from the U.S.

The presence of U.S. troops in Iran constitutes a hostile act against that
country.  At a time when diplomacy is urgently needed, it escalates an
international crisis.   It undermines any attempt to negotiate with the
government of Iran.  And it will undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts at the

Furthermore, it places U.S. troops occupying neighboring Iraq in greater
danger.  The achievement of stability and a transition to Iraqi security
control will be compromised, reversing any progress that has been cited by
the Administration.

It would be hard to believe that such an imprudent decision had been taken,
but for the number and variety of sources confirming it.  In the last week,
the national media have reported that you have in fact commenced a military
operation in Iran.  Today, retired Air Force Col. Sam Gardiner related on
CNN that the Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA, Aliasghar Soltaniyeh, reported
to him that the Iranians have captured dissident forces who have confessed
to working with U.S. troops in Iran.  Earlier in the week, Seymour Hersh
reported that a U.S. source had told him that U.S. marines were operating in
the Baluchi, Azeri and Kurdish regions of Iran. 

Any military deployment to Iran would constitute an urgent matter of
national significance.  I urge you to report immediately to Congress on all
activities involving American forces in Iran.  I look forward to a prompt

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress