Dear Editor, We are another week into the Iraq war, and this is what has happened: The crazed Democratic Party has dared to provide oversight to the executive branch by merely suggesting a measurable objective. Congress now dares to ask for results in exchange for the lives, bodies, and national treasure; how dare they? If President Bush actually believed that we’re on the right track, why would he be so against benchmarks? The only reason I can figure out is that President Bush knows that this boondoggle is the same stay-the-course strategy fitted with a new bow. President Bush has threatened to use his veto, and that shows progress. I mean if this was a Republican Congress, President Bush would have just done another signing statement, and that would have been the end of that. Let us hope that control of our nation can be rescued from the grip of what can only be described as imperial power. When a president is beyond the reach of law, when there are no checks on the presidential power, we no longer have a president but a dictator or king. Every single minor change in tactic and policy has always been reported to us as being successful, yet it has never decreased any measurable effect in Iraq, so how exactly was it successful? I believe that the “success” is the simple continuation of this pointless and elective war. If the nation is not being shown success in Iraq, we’re not having success in Iraq. That is the simple fact, and we can no longer deal in conjecture because we’ve had lie on top of lie given about our new “successful” tactics. I believe that we’re only throwing more fresh meat into the meat grinder, which is called the Iraq war, and President Bush knows this.