Note: This is Part II of a Memorial Day-Iraq War Series. Please view the first in the series: Memorial Day Part 1: Of all days, Mr. President, you needed to reflect on what you have done.
I ask this sincerely b/c it sets the tone for the series. This didn't fit in Main box.
A Vietnam Veteran who attended the Memorial Day ceremonies perfectly summed up IMHO what Memorial Day is about:
"Whatever your politics, the lessons of Vietnam and the wall are very clear: Make sure you do everything to avoid sending our servicemen and women to foreign soil," said Vietnam veteran William Frank. "But if they are sent and when they are in harm's way, do everything, everything to support them and let them do their mission.
"And when that mission is complete, get them home as soon as possible. And finally, when they do come home, respect and honor them and thank them and do not forget them."
What an incredibly beautiful statement - and dream and with your permission, sir, I'd like to use this veteran's statement to reflect on your actions. I hope you will join me.
What if, Mr. President, we reflected on these questions and became a nation worthy of the sacrifices our soldiers have made?
|Thinking about the Vietnam War, in which we lost almost 60,000 soldiers - and in which we lost the war itself - is most humbling indeed. But if we choose not to think of that war, then the deaths of those heroes who fell in Vietnam will truly be in vain and the mistakes we made then we will make again.|
Let us never make our memory of our soldiers be tied to whether or not we won. Each of those 60,000 dead and 153,000 injured soldiers were heroes. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.
Would it be better than waving a flag, sir? Let's then use the Veteran's words to reflect on your actions, sir.
Do everything to avoid sending our servicemen and women to foreign soil.
For godsakes, they could bring in tourists & foreign money to your country!
Furthermore, the world was united with us and even most Muslim nations understood that we were not the instigators of this fight.
This above everything else is perhaps the greatest tragedy of the Iraq War IMHO.
For a very short time, the world was one.
For a very short time, the billions of people around the world were shocked into silence and for the that short moment were listening.
For the first time since perhaps WWII, the world was united as it had not ever been and had there been strong, unifying leadership the world perhaps could have done miracles.
Can you imagine, Mr. President, what we could've accomplished?
Can you imagine what they would have said about you in the History books had you unified the world - instead of taking it to the brink of war?
At the least, you could have finished the job in Afghanistan & become America's hero.
But you & your advisors were determined to take the fight from Afghanistan to Iraq and you justified the invasion of Iraq on three major positions:
- Iraq had something to do with 9/11.
- Iraq and Al Qaeda were working together
- Saddam had WMDs and would sell them to terrorists.
Iraq's connection to 9/11. NONE.
I am not sure if you believed Iraq had something to do with 9/11 or if you and your Vice President mislead us to sell an invasion of Iraq, but the Iraq to 9/11 connection has been completely demolished.
The panel said it found "no credible evidence that Iraq and al Qaeda cooperated on attacks against the United States."
Bin Laden had in fact at one time sponsored anti-Saddam Islamists in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The Iraqi-Al Qaeda Network. NONE.
Saddam's Weapons of Mass Distruction. NONE.
Three major reasons - all of which IMHO are acceptable strategic reasons - to attack Iraq and ALL THREE OF WERE GROSSLY WRONG.
- There were no connections between Iraq & 9/11.
- There were no connections between Iraq & Al Qaeda - they seem to have been enemies.
- There were no WMDS in Iraq. NONE.
How could you have been so grossly wrong? Even if we believe you did not mislead us, don't you think this is grossly incompetent?
If a CEO ran his company this poorly, wouldn't he have been fired?
And can you understand why so many of us wonder if you did mislead us?
|Mr. President, you have shrugged, ignored, and to date denied us a thorough explanation and discussion of why we - YOU - invaded Iraq.|
Don't you think that the veterans you spoke in front of & the millions of Americans who are affected by this war, deserve a full explanation?
This is photo of a Texas mother lying on the ground in front of her son's grave who was killed in Iraq - in your war. She looks peaceful but I doubt that she will find rest in her lifetime.
She deserves thought, sir. She deserves he son back.
Mr. President, I have accused you of many things but honestly I don't know for sure what you are guilty of - only you can know that. But I do hope & pray that you are capable of reflecting on the consequences of your actions - b/c you are the only one right now who can right this ship we call America.
Tomorrow, I'll continue with Part III: Supporting our troops. I hope you will join me.
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