“Randi, thank you for your words. I'm deeply saddened that we live in a society that pays so much lip service to liberty, justice, and freedom, yet we still fall victim to prejudice and hatred that have been engrained into our culture (thank you very much, dogma.) Stay strong, dear friend -- there will come a day when the hate-mongers and bigots are silenced by a united majority -- those Americans who are willing to not only say, but to shout proudly that we are all created equal. Just as with the civil rights movement and women's suffrage -- the fight is not with our government, but with ourselves. Bravo to you and your family...you are on the right side of things and humanity will thank you someday.”
“Aren't you glad we voted for a man who can demonstrate restraint? Imagine if the Hothead from Arizona was in charge -- we'd be knee deep in another one!!! Will the distinguished senator please just SHUT IT? Thanks.”
“Thanks Bill -- Your cynicism and wit have been a source of intellectual relief for this cynical and jaded Iraq war vet. Sadly, those who should be reading this blog won't...and they wouldn't "get it" if they did. To reach a broader audience I suggest you create a reality show about an out-of-control former child star that solicits gay bathroom sex from a dogfight promoting evangelist...”
“BINGO! Oh, that the majority of Americans possessed the intellectual curiosity and moral depth to take your words to heart. So many ignored the warnings I sent from Iraq. Where are they now? Eerily silent--as though too ashamed to hear me say "told you so."
We DEMAND that our next President is the kind of guy who gets the Arthur Miller analogy and intends to something about it, or else...I'm moving to Canada: America without Americans.”
“Dear Resident Chimp -- Then as a Vietnam Veteran you should also consider the possibility that while your service was honorable, your war may not have been. There is a stigma attached to those who speak out against war...even those of us who served. Your statement only fuels the false justification "If you don't support the war, you don't support the troops."
Well sir, this is my war and I'm telling you...we're not the good guys. That's not unpatriotic, it's TRUTHful. I love my country enough to speak out against this tragic and deadly mistake. Patriotism and love of country are not enough to justify what we do as a nation.
The president pays lip service to the support he DOES NOT GIVE...and this is one Vet who isn't fooled.”
“This blog gets a big "Hooah"! Thank you for having the courage to say what many of us have been saying for years. I served with the 1st Infantry Division in Tikrit from Feb. 04-Feb. 05. We too saw the evidence of this failed policy.
Upon my return and honorable discharge I have dedicated myself to speaking the truth and calling for an immediate withdrawal of our troops from this immoral and illegal war.
Oh that your colleagues on the Hill shared your intestinal fortitude.
It's time to vanquish the stigma that by not supporting the war we are being unsupportive of our troops. Messages like yours show that one can certainly support the troops while not supporting the war. This is a message that must be heard and echoed in every American home. Let's bring the focus back to catching the true culprits of 9/11. Thank you for your patriotism!
“"Purity Balls"? Are you kidding me? A punny name like that is priceless.
No wonder these evangelical bachelors...and even some married ones...are scoring meth and backrubs from male prostitutes. Let's see -- get some action from a nice little church girl with a father on the chastity 'war path' OR get freaky-deaky with a guy with nice abs and an 8-ball of crank.”
“How true, how true. From what I've seen and experienced, you've hit the nail on the head. As a returned Iraq war vet, there's only one word to describe how I and many of my comrades feel about our role in the Iraq war:
“James, great post. Sad thing is...back in 2004 I was a soldier blogging from Tikrit, Iraq. I sent hundreds of e-mails to newspapers, family, friends...pleading with America to wake up and demand a change. No such change occurred.
As a honorably discharged vet and American citizen, I continue to blog and plead with America to accept the truth and demand a change. Still no changes occur.
I often ponder why this is so and I'm left with one, grim reason--apathy. If you ask the average American what they think about the war, 70% will say they don't support it. If you ask that same person why, the answer you get, if you get one, is painfully ignorant of the facts. This ignorance does not come from a lack of patriotism or support for the troops. It comes from apathy. Bottom line is that most of that 70% doesn't have a loved one in the military...they are content to go about their daily lives, while sacrificing nothing. Sadly, a large majority of that 30% are people who do have family members or loved ones in the military and BY WAY OF JUSTIFICATION, feel they have no other choice BUT to support the war. Maybe the 70% will have to start sacrificing something...take a chance, FIGHT for something.
This administration has burdened our country in ways that will be felt for generations to come. I hope the 70% realizes that it's not enough to privately oppose this administration and it's policies. While we may not feel its effects in the immediate, invariably those who follow us will. January 20, 2009, 11:59 AM cannot come soon enough...what will you do in the mean time?”
“...and for $39.95, born-again gamers can get a copy of the book of Revelations...a great book full of hints, clues, and cheats for winning the ultimate battle against the Antichrist! Includes a forward by the Dobson/LaHaye Study Group.”
“Rummy: "Where are you stock-piling your WMD's?"
Saddam: "In the ground."
Rummy: "C'mon dude, I need specific locations."
Saddam: "Okay Don. I'm hiding the WMD's to the North and South and East and West of Tikrit."
Rummy: "Now that's more like it. I'll remember that."
Photographer: "Mr. Rumsfeld, you don't shake hands with the dictator you want, you shake hands with the dictator you've got......."”
“What is most disturbing about all of this is that the GOP is so intent on including the war in Iraq under the blanket "War on Terror". If we're in a war, why doesn't anyone really seem to care?
Everyday I'm witness to the apathy and simple lack of interest in what our soldiers are dying for. Why? Because Americans have not been asked to sacrifice anything...take note WWII analogists...there's no rationing, no war bonds, no mandatory service; there is no sacrifice. This unecessary war in Iraq will never end until Americans refuse to believe the lies and DEMAND an end to our illegal, unjust, and unecessary occupation of Iraq.
So when the President tells me how dangerous the world is and how important it is that we win this war, first I'll ask him to show me his strategy...and then I'll ask him why no one in his "base" is serving in the military.
Instead of waiting for a competent leader to emerge, let's take our country and our Democracy back from the greedy, self-serving, wealthy one percent. Last time I checked, MAJORITY RULES.”
“Oh if only the prez were merely a pitcher. If only the world was Comiskey Park and W. was just called up from the minors (TX league) to pitch against the last-place team. Unfortunately, he's pitching to a batting order more dangerous than the Chi-Sox could produce. Yes fans, the pitcher has literally one pitch...a 38 mph 'fastball'. The bases are loaded, he's behind in the count 3-0, and Ozzie just called in some pinch hitters from Iran, N. Korea, and Lebanon.
Meanwhile the fans sit idly by...munching on hot dogs, sipping beer and wishing this guy would just break his arm.
Are we ever going to storm the field and kick this guy off the mound? Probabaly not. Our SUV's need gas and American Idol is on later. Better save our energy.”
“...as I read this wonderfully insightful and shamefully true indictment of our President's use of fear I pause to consider: Our President couldn't write a comparable or adequate response to this. Do we really want our next President to be a C student? Think America.”
“...or maybe if the Honorable Mr. Rumsfeld could spend one day at the Baghdad morgue or a U.S. Army combat hospital he might see less progress and more reality.
Better yet, let him drive up north on Iraq's Highway 1 in a Humvee. Making sure to go through Fallujah, Samarra, Tikrit and Mosul; so he can feel the horror and fear of knowing that at any moment an Improvised Explosive Device could detonate and blow him all the way back to Washington with a "sign of progress" lodged in his backside. Unfortunately the only people who will see the wound will be the soldiers as he turns his back on them...again.”
“Who will be the first to blame President Bush for this? If you do then you must say he invented this type of sonar and that means he can't me "dumb" like you say. Come on blame President Bush. Come on liberals balme him.
By: vic on July 05, 2006 at 12:16am
Vic, I'm a liberal and I just thought I'd comment on your post. I don't think anyone blames the President for the invention of sonar. If I were to cast blame today, I'd blame the teacher that taught you to spell "balme".”
“...that Republicans can continue their non-plan to "stay the course" is ridiculous. That Democrats cannot present a unified platform and plan of action is frustrating. That the lawmakers from both parties will continue to argue, point fingers, and skirt the issue for the sake of reelection is appalling. That the American public allows this to happen while our troops and innocent Iraqis are being killed and wounded by the thousands...well that's just shameful.
America, putting a yellow ribbon on your bumper doesn't "support the troops". The apathy in this country is astounding...is it just easier to be 'Patriotic' than to hold ourselves accountable?
As an Iraq war Vet I'm waiting for a true LEADER to emerge from this. Sadly I suppose I'll be waiting for a very long time. And while I wait, how many more humans will suffer and die?”
“Well put Mr. Elliott. Maybe the Democrats could just say exactly what you said. Shamefully, there's very few who have the fortitude to say it like that. Or perhaps President Bush could take a page from your book. Oh wait, he doesn't read books...nevermind.”
“Iraq's downward spiral into a violent, bloody mess began with the invasion by US forces. Zarqawi's emergence certainly added to the violence, however, I think Iraq will continue to be a violent, bloody mess even though Zarqawi is out of the picture. And the reason is because US forces still occupy the country. America, wake up! WE'RE THE BAD GUYS!”
“As an Iraq Vet/Betrayed volunteer I think Mr. Kaplan is right on point here. Sadly, many of our servicemen and women are forced to believe in the cause. Shamefully, they are not forced by their leadership but rather by their own consciences which are desparate for justification.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you've never pointed a weapon at someone and had to decide whether pulling the trigger is the right thing to do or not. And after a year on the streets of Tikrit Iraq I never found a reason to pull the trigger because frankly, no such reason exists.”
“I'm an Iraq Vet and I can tell you that Haditha is NOT the only example. I've seen innocent Iraqis killed and then labeled "insurgents" in order to justify the slaughter. Many of these so called "insurgents" are nothing more than patriotic Iraqis who see us (Americans) as invaders. If another country attacked and occupied the U.S.A., I'd be an insurgent!
The U.S. Military training doctrine focuses on instilling a "Warrior Ethos" in its recruits. As a result, when faced with danger, peril, or anger a soldier's first instinct is to kill.
It is a dangerous concept to give a young soldier a weapon and then expect him to be both judge and jury in a few brief seconds of madness, when lives are at stake. When faced with a human wave of enemy forces, wearing uniforms and firing to kill you, this instinct is necessary and effective. However, nothing about the Iraqi insurgency resembles this example.
We need to carefully examine our role in Iraq. Our President says we are laying a foundation for peace and an end to terror. However I would think that the Haditha massacre, whether justified or not, runs contrary to anything peaceful. I think this not a 'War on Terror' but rather a War OF Terror. Every time an innocent Iraqi is killed, it fuels anti-American sentiment...making America less safe and our enemies more abundant.
President Bush likes to compare his decisions to those of FDR and Truman, but those were different times; the enemy was defined, our objectives were clear, and our allies were abundant. The Haditha story is a grim reminder that in Iraq we are not the "good guys"...we never were.”