Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day Part I

1st Lt. Andrew J. Bacevich

This being Memorial Day weekend I think this is a very appropriate story.

I cannot for the life of me even begin to imagine what it would be like to loose a child. Let alone a child in a war that you as the parent vehemently opposed. Mr. Bacevich ends his piece by saying:

I know that my son did his best to serve our country. Through my own opposition to a profoundly misguided war, I thought I was doing the same. In fact, while he was giving his all, I was doing nothing. In this way, I failed him.

I have to disagree.

In no way did Mr. Bacevich let down his son.

He raised his voice as best he could to call into questions policies that were and are vastly flawed.

In fact, it is we the America people who've let down his son.

We are at war and the only people who have sacrificed anything are the men and women in the military and their families.


LummiLady said...

A parent has done what is right when they raise children who are able to make informed decisions about their life choices. As the parent of a soldier in Iraq and as a woman who has opposed the war from before we invaded, I know we are both doing what is right for ourselves and our country. I agree that the only people making any sacrifice are those in Iraq and their families. For everyone else it is business as usual or an opportunity to get really rich off the lives of our finest young people. Oppose the war...AND support our troops!

Arthur Schenck said...

Certainly the politicians who caused this disaster haven't and won't sacrifice anything. They haven't even learned anything from it.

But it's also important to remember the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians who have also been forced to sacrifice by these same American politicians who have an agenda, but neither reason nor common sense.

Support our troops? The Bushies are mocking that phrase—and all the people on both sides who have made real sacrifices.

Jason in DC said...

I couldn't agree more oppose the war and support our troops.

The Bush administration has made a great deal about saying anyone who opposes their plans does not support our troops.

I think it is high time that someone show just how little the Bush administration is supporting the troops. From lack of proper planning to lack of proper equipment to lack of proper medical care when they troops arrive home. Before casing aspersions on people the Bush administration needs to get its own house in order.