Memorial Day, 2006
Today, Memorial day 2006, President Bush said, "I am in awe of the men and women who sacrifice for the freedom of the United States of America." He also said, "The nation can best honor the dead by defeating the terrorists."
Nice words from one who couldn't find his way into active duty during the Vietnam war, just like other current political leaders. Nice words from the leader of the Republican party. The party, who's members, " Young Republicans," mostly are sitting on the sidelines, safe and sound, while our military begs for recruits to fight the Iraq war. How many of the President's nieces or nephews have enlisted? Aren't they "Young Republicans?" That's a sure sign of problems for a leader, when your most ardent supporters won't follow you.
Two years ago, when I first was a candidate for Congress, I was debating the Iraq war with Congressman Lahood and I told him we had lost the war in Iraq. Congressman Lahood absolutely disagreed. He looked at me like I was crazy. Here it is two years later and who was right, who was right? What I said was, "That even if we win militarily, that because the Iraqi people hate us, we will never win; that the next Iraq government will be much more like a dictatorship, than a democracy."
If you win the war, but don't win a democracy in Iraq, can you really say that you won the war? I don't think so, maybe very early in the war, but not now. When we leave Iraq, the so-called terrorists of Iraq, which were in fact, George W. Bush's made-up excuse to vindicate his Dad and get rid of Hussein, never existed as a threat to America, and will be no more of a threat to us, than the Viet Cong of the Vietnam war are today.