Tuesday, October 5

Dead Soldier, Angry Parent, A Letter to the President.

Got the tip from a Kos diary.Form the Cincinatti Enquirer.
Dear Mr. President,

As the father of a soldier serving in Baghdad, I have a few questions about "staying the course" in Iraq. When my son was born in 1984, President Reagan was providing Iraq with weapons and intelligence in its war with Iran. Weren't they our friends and allies back then? In the first Gulf War, Vice President Cheney, who was your dad's secretary of defense, was the biggest defender of your father's decision not to invade Iraq, arguing that removing Saddam from power and getting "bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq" wasn't worth the loss of U.S. lives. What changed the vice president's mind?

You may criticize Sen. Kerry's "internationalist" approach to Iraq, but your dad's most impressive achievement during his presidency was the skill and diplomacy with which he assembled a broad coalition of nations, with United Nations support, for removing Saddam from Kuwait. Much of the cost of that war was shared with our allies. The world was largely with us. Where is that coalition today?
"Staying the course" has created another Vietnam. The only difference is one was in the jungle, the other in the desert. Whether we are there due to faulty intelligence or deliberate deception isn't even important anymore. Both explanations represent a gross failure of leadership. And by the way, Mr. President, tell your defense secretary, DonaldRumsfeld, that nobody threw flowers at Mike when he got to Iraq. Just bullets, mortars and improvised explosive devices.
It might not be a bad idea to check back in a day or two to see if any wingnuts comment on this letter. Words Fail me.