Friday, April 20, 2007
Thanks to Greyhawk at MILBLOGS, who passed along an appeal from Michelle Malkin (here and here so far), to get some soldier responses to Senator Harry Reid’s public declaration that the “this war [in Iraq] is lost.”
Here’s my contribution to the effort, sent along to Michelle:
It is difficult to write this letter with any civility, but I think enough people will scream so much, with enough cursing and invective, that I will not need to add any more for you to get the point, that you infuriate those Americans who serve in the military with your careless, ignorant, mean-spirited, and frankly, dangerous remarks.
You, sir, are not any average, private citizen. You are a Senator of the United States of America, and whatever your political views or allegiances may be, you must first show loyalty to and serve with honor your country. Yet, you do not do so, and you have disgraced whatever nobility or honor you might have earned serving your constituency.
Even if our efforts in
You embolden our enemies, you discourage our allies, you demoralize the troops who serve, and you denigrate those Iraqis who have turned to the
You are a disgrace. Made worse by the fact that you’re wrong.
There are many ways to view our efforts in
I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) III Vet, mobilized with the National Guard, and deployed to
I think you could make a good case that we won the war in a few weeks in 2003: the war against Saddam Hussein’s Army, which collapsed in a spectacular liberation of
I think you could make another excellent case that we won the war to establish democracy in Iraq, helping the Iraqis hold three hugely successful elections with huge Iraqi participation (greatly in excess of any modern US elections). I am shamed to think you probably viewed these elections with dismay, for purely partisan reasons.
I think you could make a plausible case that we have defeated the Sunni Baathist based “insurgency,” with the destruction and de facto surrender of so many holdouts among the former regime. I likewise think you could make the same case about Al Qaeda in
Now, as we help the Iraqis grow in strength in defending their own democracy, you say the “war” is lost. Which one? I can’t but help to think that what you really mean, is the defensive war this Administration has been fighting against you and your party colleagues since we invaded
If the current surge can be successful at fully securing, once and for all, the security of the Iraqi democracy, this will prove you and your allies wrong. As an American, I recognize what a truly magnificent accomplishment that would represent, for
I am shamed, appalled, and heartsick to think, you would certainly view these events with dismay, for purely partisan reasons.
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I am. I’m ashamed and appalled that opponents of the war have gone way beyond what we can tolerate as a Nation. It’s one thing for the lunatics like Rosie and Robbins and Ma Sheehan to assail their own country’s foreign policy. Sure, they give aid and comfort to our enemies, too, but not as their intent. (Okay, call me a fool, but I really don’t think they think of our enemies as enemies at all). But Harry Reid is a Senator. What in the world does he think this does, even if he really believes it?
Is he that worried about maybe, just maybe we might be successful in
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