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    He offered a blistering condemnation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He slammed President George W. Bush and fellow “neo-cons” for leading young men and women into unnecessary armed conflicts.

    “We should have never been there, I’m glad we’re gone, and you can thank (President) Barack Obama for getting out of that damn war,” Schweitzer said of the Iraq conflict.

    The governor said that when Montana soldiers killed in action return home for proper burial, he aids the families all he can, but his emotional support is tainted.

    “I’ve met with the families … of these people who’ve returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and I wish to God I could say those words politicians love to say to mothers and fathers,” Schweitzer said.

    “I wish I could say to them, ‘Your son, your son died making this country free.’ I wish I could say to them, ‘The flag is safe today because your son died in Iraq or Afghanistan.’

    “But I don’t say those words, because I don’t believe those words.”

    Instead, Schweitzer told delegates he offers grieving mothers and fathers his personal cell phone number and some consolation.

    “Instead I tell them, ‘I don’t know why God chose your family. I can’t make sense of this,’” the governor said.
    Gov. Brian Schweitzer told Montana Democrats on Saturday it’s time for Americans to stand up and say they won’t be the world’s police anymore and they won’t become involved in more wars like those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    “We’ve destroyed a lot of lives,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of money for the military-industrial complex. We need people to stand up. We need people to stand up and say, ’We will defend this country, but we’re not going to go off to war and be police for the world.’ It’s time to stand up, stand up for this country now and stand up for us first.“

    The audience rose and applauded.

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