Today we marked the very sad passing of the 2600th US member of the military. It is likely the media will not comment on this number. All Gold Star families mourn the loss of any soldier.
The occupation of Iraq has been put on the back burner while we try to figure out what the hell is going on in Israel and Lebanon and what we can and cannot carry on an airplane.
I've been wondering....in no particular order....
I wonder if members of the Bush administration ever wring their hands and ponder what they have done?
I wonder if they ever watch the news and see, really see, the faces of our children, our loved ones who are dying in this war.
I wonder if they know, at a moments notice on any given day, the US casualty count in Iraq. (it's 2601 as of today)
I wonder if any of them know a name, any name of a US soldier who has died as a result of their failed policies.
I wonder if they know a name, any name of an Iraqi civilian who has died as a result of their failed polities, not they even know the number of those casualties.
I wonder if they ever wake up in the middle of the night; are not able to breathe thinking about their loved one. They'll wake up with their loved one safe and sound, but we never will.
I wonder if they look in the mirror and say "I am the meanest son of a bitch in the land.....and I like it!"
I wonder if they know how hot 135 degrees is. Not just for one day inside the Green Zone in Baghdad, but for months at a time.
I wonder if they have any guilt for lying about the reasons to illegally invade a sovereign country.
I wonder if any of them has a doubt about staying the course. Do they ever even think about it?
I wonder if the executives of Halliburton, KBR and the other war profiteers cheer at their company picnics for the obscene profits they are making off of our children. For that matter, I guess we are paying for that picnic anyway.
I wonder if they feel guilty for losing $9 billion dollars of reconstruction money.
I wonder if they honestly believe that the war in Iraq can be won.
I wonder if these people have lied all their lives or is it a skill they gained later in life.
I wonder if they can imagine standing on a tarmac at the airport waiting for your son's body to be removed in a flag covered casket.
I wonder if they know what it is like to lay in bed at night practicing what you would say if you got that knock on the door.
I wonder how many of them have attended a military funeral for a casualty from this war.
I wonder how many have visited Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery to see the damage they have done.
I wonder if Rumsfeld ever did sign the condolence letters to families.
I wonder if they ever think that the American public would have backed this war/occupation if they had told us the truth in the beginning.
I wonder when Peace became a bad word.