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What’s going on in the House and Senate is an embarrassment!
We are in a war and we can produce more than 3,000 death certificates to prove it.
No army can wage war, and win, while waiting for Representatives and Senators to sit around and debate whether funding for troops and supplying them with bullets and bombs will be allowed. Soldiers in their foxholes must listen to reports reaching them from Washington, D.C. about the debates concerning the value of a continued American effort in Iraq. It must be disheartening to our troops to hear and read about the uncertainty in the halls of Congress of the worth of their life-threatening efforts.
I can’t imagine the emotions that young soldiers feel when they climb inside a military vehicle to engage in peril- filled combat on the dangerous streets of Baghdad, knowing that their Senator is, at that same moment, voting against the continued support of their efforts – as bullets fly past their heads and bombs explode under their vehicles.
Our Senators and Representatives are posing, positioning and performing in front of the television cameras as our brave soldiers and Marines daily risk their lives in a foreign land – a land whose inhabitants wish us harm.
The time has come for a decision. If, in our best minds, it is believed that we cannot win the war, then we should stop our role in the killing and dying and remove our young men and women – bring them home immediately and the hell with what anyone else thinks. The lives of our young men and women fighting in that far away land are more important than to treat them as public relations fodder.
If we believe that with reasonable effort we can defeat the insurgents and, with the accompanying aid of the Iraqi army win a military victory and in turn create a free and democratic Iraq, devoid of civil war, then we owe it to those who have already given their lives to triumph – and triumph quickly.
An important part of this decision is to take a look at the results of our efforts during the past 4 years. Our political and military blunders have produced no victory, no peace and no safety or democracy for the people of Iraq. The murderous infighting continues and expands. We have grown used to the horrific daily reports of the violence and death on the streets of Iraqi cities. Iraq’s largest city, Baghdad, has become not a symbol of Middle Eastern democracy, but an actual blood-soaked killing field.
Recent days we have heard of the President’s wishes to send an additional 20,000 young Americans to do battle in the dust and grime of Iraq. Even those of the President’s party have expressed doubts of the sagaciousness of his decision. The “second-guessing” in Washington, D.C. goes on as our youth die, protecting Iraqis from other Iraqis and imported insurgents.
Senators and Representatives are hesitant to make the meaningful decision of two remaining options – Can we win the war in Iraq and leave with a peaceful and democratic Iraq in our wake? Or, is it best to decide that we cannot win the war and cannot leave Iraq tranquil and warless, a showplace of democracy for others in the Mideast to respect and yearn for in their own countries.
It is time for Americans, all Americans to reflect on this war in Iraq. It is time for the apathy in America to be replaced by activism. By thinking and caring about what is happening in that far-off land across the sea. It is the business of all Americans – this killing, these daily massacres of our youth.
It is time for the American people to stand up and make their wishes known. March, protest, yell and scream, but force those elected to serve in our Congress to make a decision. Each day that goes by young Americans are wounded and dying in that far-off land, uncertain of the support of their countrymen.
We must decide. Not next month. Not next year. Now.
Win or get out!