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COVER LETTERS TRANSMITTED TO MEDIA OUTLETS INTRODUCING IRAQ PROPOSAL

Letters were also sent to these media outlets: Los Angeles Times, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Chris Matthews of Hardball,
Brian Lehrer of his self-titled NPR radio program, NOW with Bill Moyers, and Mother Jones magazine.




COVER LETTER #1 - The Washington Post



Vincent De Benedetto
2 Forest Court
Passaic Park, NJ 07055
973-XXX-XXXX
201-XXX-XXXX


Op-Ed Page
Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20071

March 17, 2003



Dear Editor,

As discussed this afternoon on the telephone, I have re-purposed my proposal to end the Iraq crisis, into a 731 word essay which I am attaching for your Op-Ed page.

I realize there are many people saying important things about this crisis, but my piece actual embodies a proposal, which resolves every key concern of the Bush administration, Blair Government, and others-without war. Insofar as the slim possibility exists that the piece may have some influence on the Security Council, even at this relatively late date, it's important to promulgate.

Please note that the fax cover page I sent incorrectly lists this number, 1-212-416-2255, as a fax number. Please disregard that number.

Regards,


Vincent De Benedetto




COVER LETTER #2 - The New York Times



Vincent De Benedetto
2 Forest Court
Passaic Park, NJ 07055
973-XXX-XXXX
201-XXX-XXXX


David Shipley
Editor, Op-Ed Page
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

March 17, 2003



Dear Mr. Shipley,

Please find attached my revision of the Iraq proposal I submitted via fax about two days ago, for publication in The New York Times.

My name is Vincent De Benedetto. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Seton Hall University.

I have composed a sound, 3-point, six page proposal intended to address the present Iraq crisis, which I respectfully submit for your examination. As conceived, this proposal peacefully resolves every key concern of the Bush administration and others (disarmament, regime change, and idleness of troops overseas). This is not a commentary, opinion piece, or news report, but an actual proposal I am trying to promulgate which, ideally, would form the basis of a U.N. resolution to be acted upon. This is a private proposal conceived and written entirely by me; I bear no affiliation whatever with any government, agency, or other political entity.

In addition to submission to The New York Times, I am now systematically faxing the proposal to the offices of key ambassadors and ministers. All this, in view of the apparent shortness of time to war, in hope that the proposal can assist in the peaceful resolution of this crisis.

Regards,


Vincent De Benedetto




COVER LETTER #3 - The Wall Street Journal

The Journal is the only organ that sent me a written acknowledgment and "thank you" for my submission. See image, below.



Vincent De Benedetto
2 Forest Court
Passaic Park, NJ 07055
973-XXX-XXXX
201-XXX-XXXX

Op-Ed Page
The Wall Street Journal

March 17, 2003



Dear Editor,

Greetings!

My name is Vincent De Benedetto. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Seton Hall University.

Please find attached my 3-point, six-page proposal intended to address the present Iraq crisis, which I respectfully submit for your examination for possible publication in the WSJ, as an op-ed piece, or something else.

As conceived, this proposal peacefully resolves every key concern of the Bush administration, Blair Government, and others (disarmament, regime change, and idleness of troops overseas). This is not a commentary, opinion piece, or news report, but an actual proposal I am trying to promulgate which, ideally, would form the basis of a U.N. resolution to be acted upon. This is a private proposal conceived and written entirely by me; I bear no affiliation whatever with any government, agency, or other political entity.

Incredibly, this unique proposal gives everyone what they want. Please read it carefully.

Regards,



Vincent De Benedetto




Wall Street Journal Submission Acknowledgment


wall street journal postcard acknowledging my war submission

Screen capture of the back of the submission acknowledgment The Wall Street Journal sent me. Please note the date.


wall street journal postcard acknowledging my war submission

Screen capture of the front of the submission acknowledgment The Wall Street Journal sent me.




COVER LETTER #4 - The Nation

FIRST LETTER



Vincent De Benedetto
2 Forest Court
Passaic Park, NJ 07055
973-XXX-XXXX
201-XXX-XXXX

Karen Rothmyer
Managing Editor
The Nation
33 Irving Place, NY, NY 10003


March 18, 2003

Dear Ms. Rothmyer,

Greetings!

My name is Vincent De Benedetto. I have a B.A. in philosophy from Seton Hall University.

Attached is a sound, six page proposal intended, at this late hour, to address the Iraq crisis, which I respectfully submit for your examination for immediate publication in The Nation. Also available is an abbreviated 700-word version. My proposal is unique in that it achieves both primary goals of the Bush Administration, disarmament and regime change, and addresses their more secondary concern, the idleness of troop contingents overseas--without war. This is not to say I favor the realization of these goals in the manner the Bush Administration is proposing-I don't-but the Bush Military Express is obviously the train we're all riding, so my proposal roots itself in that element of realpolitik, then tries to transform it into a nonviolent, democratic mechanism for achieving the Bush goals.

Here, from the document, is my thesis:

Instead of using the present massive troop buildup for war, let's use it to compel elections in Iraq, smoothing and facilitating this process by simultaneously lifting all sanctions. This deft strategy will bloodlessly achieve both regime change and disarmament. Further, it will improve our relationship with the Iraqi people and the larger Arab world, and ameliorate or eliminate every problem that the prospect of war has recently created, nationally and internationally.

The transmitted document presently stands at about 3000 words, which I can quickly pare down if requested (and/or I can fax you the capsule version, though the full version does much better justice to the proposal). I can also quickly edit the document to make it more an "article," instead of a "proposal." I have read your submission guidelines. I decided to send you the piece as written, in view of the shortness of time to war and the unique international circumstance, presuming if you essentially favored what I've written I could then quickly bring it into better conformance with your submission guidelines.

I choose to maintain a hope that with fast U.N. action, a military incursion can be averted, and we can prevent the impending catastrophe.

Regards,


vincent christopher de benedetto




COVER LETTER #5 - The Nation

SECOND LETTER



Vincent De Benedetto
2 Forest Court
Passaic Park, NJ 07055
973-XXX-XXXX
201-XXX-XXXX

Karen Rothmyer
Managing Editor
The Nation
33 Irving Place, NY, NY 10003


March 18, 2003

Dear Ms. Rothmyer,

Hi, it's Vincent De Benedetto; we just spoke on the telephone earlier about my six-page proposal to end the Iraq crisis. Thanks for speaking with me.

You made it clear you cannot process such a document at this time. However, in the interest of doing everything possible to avert this war, even now, let me respectfully remind you that I also have a 700-word version of the proposal available, which could theoretically be published on your web site as an opinion piece, requiring no fact-checking (right?).

I believe I have a sound plan, which has a prayer of effecting change-if it's published immediately in a major organ, where it would garner equally immediate media attention. I have attached this short version.

Think: if you lived in Baghdad, would you want to give up on a possible solution, even if unlikely? We still have over 24 hours! Use your power!

Regards,


vincent christopher de benedetto




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