I appreciate Mark Hutchings' sincere desire to see Congress begin impeachment proceedings against President Bush and Vice President Cheney (Miller's Bad Excuse, Letter to Editor, July 22).

I agree that the Bush administration has shown a reckless disregard for the law and American security through numerous actions, the worst of which was sending our soldiers into an unjustified war without end in Iraq.

What I told the hundreds of people who came to my recent town meetings in Benicia and Martinez, however, is that while I agree there may be grounds for impeachment, such proceedings would irreparably distract Congress from its most important mission, which is to safely redeploy American troops out of Iraq as quickly as possible -- something the president will not agree to do unless full pressure is brought to bear on the Republican senators and House members who continue to support his "stay the course" strategy.

Last November, voters elected a Democratic majority to Congress to get things done for the American people, stop the war, end the Republican culture of corruption and hold the administration accountable.

We will not be able to do these things if we get bogged down in an unwinnable and polarizing effort to impeach the president, no matter how justified that effort might be.

We must work together to keep the pressure on Congress to end the war, approve legislation that will improve the lives of the American people and use Congress' oversight and subpoena power to hold the administration accountable -- something the last Congress never did but that we are already doing.


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Having lived through many political battles in Washington, I strongly believe that approach is in the best interest of California and the country.

Miller, D-Martinez, represents the 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.