Do we still have troops in Iraq? We do?
Are you tired of reading about it? Imagine serving without air conditioning in 120 degree heat every day. I bet the soldiers get tired of it.
Just like they get tired of wondering if they will die in some random bombing.
Who knows the long-range prospects in Iraq? Nobody.
We can wish them the best. I know I do.
I just wish we hadn’t sacrificed the lives of over 4000 American soldiers, plus tens of thousands of wounded, along with approximately $10 gazillion for a completely optional war.
A small reminder for the dozens of people who still think invading Iraq was a great idea: Iraq did not attack the U.S., was not attacking any of its neighbors and, in fact, had no military to speak of, let alone nuclear weapons.
Not only was Iraq NOT a paper tiger, they were barely ‘paper.’
The ‘liberal’ American press got all caught up in the rockets-red-glare, and sticking it to the ‘enemy’. We just love seeing how technically proficient the U.S. military is at sending missiles thru windows. (Answer: We are good at it.)
No one asked any difficult questions until we had both feet in the quicksand.
When some in the press finally had the cojones to ask if the war in Iraq was legit, they were accused of being liberal-minded America-haters.
Wrong. The press asking if a war (any war) is legitimate is their damned job, and they were completely lily-livered for not asking it earlier.
The job of the press is to annoy the powers-that-be and force them to justify the logic of ALL of their decisions, but especially …
1) what is the government doing with our tax dollars? and
2) why is the president sending young Americans to die?
The moment ‘W’ suggested we were going into Iraq, some reporter (many, really) should have asked: “What does Iraq have to do with 9-11?”
And EVERY follow-up question should have begun: “All existing evidence shows Iraq has no nuclear arsenal, and no weapons of mass destruction. Shouldn’t we confirm that they do before risking thousands of American lives?”
Or… “Is this war really just a reflection of your dissatisfaction with your father for not ‘finishing off’ Saddam Hussein during Desert Storm?”
Or… “Mr. President, is this really just an attempt to make yourself look manly, considering you skipped out on serving in Vietnam and you were a cheerleader in college?” (at least Dad was a baseball player)
Or … (my personal favorite) “Mr. President, did you think a war would be ‘fun’?”
The press owes it to the American public to do their job correctly and thoroughly. Be annoying. Ask hard questions.
Again I ask: Are you tired of reading about the war? Imagine how the soldiers, and their families, feel…