Tuesday, March 20, 2007

4 years for what?

It is unbelievable that our young men and women have been fighting for 4 years in Iraq. As the sun rises this morning we see the start of the 5th year of George Bush's occupation in Iraq. This morning, 5 families are waking up to what they think is their normal life. They will make coffee and go through their mental to-do list, and they don't know how one knock on their door will change their lives forever. These 5 families don't know that when they open the door, they will be faced with someone in official military dress. Their loved ones are dead and they are never coming home.

The president begs us for patience and gave a stark warning against the temptation “to pack up and go home.” George Bush just wants a do-over because 4 years of fighting and killing has not gotten him that victory that he promised and he will stop at nothing until he gets it. The problem is, his definition of victory is not clear. He wants to stay the deadly course. Of course he didn't use that phrase because it's been replaced by the newer and more hip term, "surge" It's all the same.

Tony Snow, the mouthpiece for the White House says It would also force failure of the mission in Iraq and forfeit the sacrifices made by our troops.”

A CNN poll shows that 35 percent of Americans are confident about the war. When the war began, 83 percent of Americans expressed confidence in the invasion. The Iraqi people are seeing hope slip away and see conditions worse for availability of electricity, jobs, medical care, security as compared to 2005.

And I am just weary. Ken's gone and he's never coming home. When I lost only child Iraq in May 2004, I lost my future. 3218 US soldiers have been sacrificed in George's folly.

Tony Snow or anyone else should not tell us "The sacrifice of our troops would have been for nothing if we don't continue this war". How can anyone possibly think that one more dead soldier would get us closer to that elusive “victory”? Every day you neglect to end this war you are also condemning 3 more US troops to death. My son and the 3200+ other troops whose lives were sacrificed and wasted by George Bush will be best honored by a nation and a Congress with the courage to end this war. I urge you to have the same courage that my son and his fellow troops exhibited when their Commander in Chief gave orders to invade Iraq. You must have the courage to stand up to that same Commander in Chief and say NO escalation, NO more troops, NO more funding for this hideous war.

Members of Congress can stop saying that they "voted against the war". That is no longer enough. That vote was more than 4 years ago; what have they done for the troops lately?

With the right leadership, the US can stop the occupation in Iraq, improve education and health care for all of us including returning veterans, really do something about improving the environment and even regain our world standing. Is the 110th Congress up to this challenge? We will see.

Let's just get the hell out of Iraq, bring the troops home and take very good care of them when they get here.


RoseCovered Glasses said...

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

Politicians make no difference.

We have bought into the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). If you would like to read how this happens please see:


Through a combination of public apathy and threats by the MIC we have let the SYSTEM get too large. It is now a SYSTEMIC problem and the SYSTEM is out of control. Government and industry are merging and that is very dangerous.

There is no conspiracy. The SYSTEM has gotten so big that those who make it up and run it day to day in industry and government simply are perpetuating their existance.

The politicians rely on them for details and recommendations because they cannot possibly grasp the nuances of the environment and the BIG SYSTEM.

So, the system has to go bust and then be re-scaled, fixed and re-designed to run efficiently and prudently, just like any other big machine that runs poorly or becomes obsolete or dangerous.

This situation will right itself through trauma. I see a government ENRON on the horizon, with an associated house cleaning.

The next president will come and go along with his appointees and politicos. The event to watch is the collapse of the MIC.

For more details see:


pogblog said...

Mr. Bush's grotesque math of killing yet more people to justify the earlier killing of people is bizarre.

In all the wars since WW2, 9 out of 10 casualties have been civilians. It's not war, it's slaughter. The meme or idea virus that War is obsolete will hit a tipping point and then rosecovered's bloated 8000 lb MIC gorilla will become visible and people will finally shrink back in horror at the idiot waste of human and material resources.

Amazingly, in an historically brief time, millions of more people on the globe are clear on this abominable MIC waste than when I was in college in the 60s.

The pro-peace forces win in the end not because of wishfully thinking it's a good thing, but because with the increase of consciousness comes an ineluctable increase in empathy.

Not one more cent for one more bullet.

Chancelucky said...

YOu know, if you shift the context a little and just take the statements....The administration sounds eerily like a compulsive gambler....We will win, I know we're destined to win, I can't walk away a loser....

Compulsive gamblers make difficult enough family members, I can't even imagine what it implies for the largest economy the world has ever seen.

pogblog said...

As I know all too well, a compulsive gambler will always tell you, "Well, now I've turned the corner." You cannot imagine how many corners a pathological gambler can turn. You're right on the money, as it were, chancelucky, about the compulsive pattern.

Sadly and horribly, nothing ever penetrates the denial for the compulsive gambler. It is always something or somebody else at fault. (If only the biased liberal media would show the good stories. If only the cut-&-run Defeatocrats, etc etc.)