Cross-posted at Docudharma.
Two nights ago, President Obama said this in his Oval Office speech:
Now, as we approach our 10th year of combat in Afghanistan, there are those who are understandably asking tough questions about our mission there. (emphasis added)
And recently, Sen. Dick Durbin had this to say about Afghanistan:
Durbin, who voted against the Iraq war but for the Afghanistan war, said the consequences of combat in Afghanistan, particularly growing numbers of wounded and disabled veterans, "weigh dearly on me." He added that Americans must continue to ask not only what the US has achieved in Afghanistan but also "how will it end, when will it end, and at what cost." (emphasis added)
Neither Obama nor Durbin described exactly who is asking questions about Afghanistan, or exactly what questions are being asked and what answers are being given.
If the mainstream media are asking tough questions to their faces and on the record of either Barack Obama or Dick Durbin (or of ANY of our elected leaders) about their war in Afghanistan, then I wish someone would give me a link, 'cause I'm coming up with nothing.
I'm no professional journalist. I'm just the dad of a service member who has had one deployment to Iraq and one to Afghanistan. And, I'm sick of constant, endless war based on specious reasons. If the paid professional journalists won't ask elected officials the tough questions, it looks as if it's up to ordinary citizens to do it.
I can sure think of some questions to ask my government. I'd like to ask Sen. Durbin some questions about Afghanistan in person. Since the MSM isn't doing it, then I'll step up to the mound, and I'd appreciate it if Sen. Durbin would step up to the plate.
I diaried about four of these topics recently. Best I can tell, what the U.S. government is doing in Afghanistan is an enormous, very bizarre and deadly experiment which history has warned is the same as lethal quicksand. And, as the world's greatest exporter of constant, endless war, the U.S. Military Industrial Congressional Complex is raking in enormous profits.
I don't seek confrontation. I'd like dialogue, and back where I grew up, dialogue means conversation on a two way street. Dialogue does NOT mean evasion, and if evasion occurs, I'll bring discussion back to the topic...you can count on that. Big shot journalists can give out free passes for evasive responses, but I sure won't.
Of course, what I seek is exactly what politicans fear, in my own experience in this world. Politicans are frightened of questions which cut through the huff-and-puff. They dread being asked questions which pierce their inability to account for themselves and their actions, or which hold them to account.
Isn't it odd, when you think about it? We're spending hundreds of billions of borrowed dollars and the lives of our soldiers, yet our elected leaders don't want to talk about what is in their heads about the whole thing? and don't want to face some simple yet serious questions?
So, here's my next topic for Sen. Durbin about Afghanistan:
If the growing number of wounded and disabled veterans is weighing on him, then what effective actions is he taking to stop creating wounded and disabled veterans? What effective actions is he taking, as a leader in a constitutional branch of goverernment, to end these foreign deployments? Is he doing nothing? or something? If it's something, what is it?
Shoveling more and more money to fund this apparent governmental-corporate addiction to war is not getting our troops home, is it? It's just creating more WIAs and KIAs, and continuing the addiction. And it's, first of all, our troops and their families who are paying the price and bearing the burden for the addiction.
So, I agree with President Obama and Sen. Durbin. Americans should be asking tough questions. I'm ready to ask 'em. Read the other questions here. Elected officials really ought to look us military families who OPPOSE these needless deployments in the face and talk with us.
This is another live blog from the front porch at Sen. Dick Durbin's office in Springfield, Illinois, in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. It's a beautiful little park full of historic Lincoln-era homes, owned by the Dept. of the Interior, and managed by the National Park Service. Sen. Durbin has rented office space in the George Shutt House since Sen. Durbin was a member of the House of Representatives. As is shown on the bottom of his Senate web site home page, the address is 525 S. 8th St, Springfield IL 62703. Thanks! to Sen. Durbin's Springfield office staff who have always been gracious.