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  •  A personal challenge to Chris Mathews (4.00)
    I just emailed my little tirade to msnbc. Please feel free to use mine in its entirety, or as the basis for writing and sending your own.

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    A personal challenge to Chris Mathews

    I am disgusted that Chris Mathews has been allowed on the public airwaves to publicly compare critics of the Bush administration and opponents of the war in Iraq to Osama bin Laden. It may play well to the knee-jerk reactionaries Mathews seems so fond of appealing to, but I personally consider it an insult and the lowest form of divisive pandering imaginable.

    Does Mathews dare to include in his analogy, by name, the 43 military veterans, including nine Iraq War veterans, who are running for Congress as Democrats because they oppose this administration's misguided war in Iraq? This is a war which the Bush administration initiated and executed in total disregard to the professional counsel of senior military commanders. The result is that we are bogged down in an insurgency that the Bush administration was warned about, without the number of troops on the ground the Bush administration was told would be required, and the troops themselves are suffering from logistical shortfalls, including body armor and armor for vehicles. To add insult to injury, returning troops are finding that retirement and medical benefits for veterans have been cut. No wonder 43 military veterans are running for Congress as Democrats in order to oppose the brazenly inept and murderous policies of the Bush administration.

    I personally challenge Mathews to interview a single one of these "Fighting Dems." I doubt Mathews has the courage and fortitude to even be in the same room with a veteran who opposes his slavish loyalty to Bush, let alone look them in the eye.

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    by NBBooks on Tue Jan 24, 2006 at 06:47:29 PM PST

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