Yes, Virginia. There are WMDs in Iraq.
WMDs == Woeful Military Deaths
Me, I’m just a disloyal American liberal who is a traitor for pointing any of this out. Obviously I don’t support the troops because I disagree with what Bush has done with them. Right? Question the policies of this administration and you’re not really supporting the troops, are you? No. Supporting the troops means sending them into a preemptive war on faulty intelligence and miscalculation to search for WMDs that the UN weapons inspectors couldn’t find (coincidentally because they weren’t there). Supporting the troops is giving Ahmed Chalabi and friends money to run a disinformation campaign overseas, and then falling for your own hype, realizing only too late that Chalabi is only interested in Chalabi and is willing to work with anyone, including Iran.
That’s supporting the troops.
Here’s a message for anyone who wants to tell me that supporting the troops has anything to do with supporting Bush’s catastrophic (in his own words) policies. The military has a duty to follow the orders given them by their commanders (something Bush should have learned earlier in life). It works the opposite way for the American people who (traditionally) put the president in office. Only by speaking our minds to the fullest extent and questioning the president when he is misusing his power can we support the troops. Anything less than that is neither true to our morals, nor is is honorable behavior toward our military.
Zell Miller (Democrat in name only) and many Republicans would have you think that the military can simply do no wrong. “No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn’t believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.” It’s “turn off your brain” talk. Recognizing that the military has the power and potential to do awesome things should be the first consideration when digesting the power and responsibility that the president holds in office. With awesome power comes the ability to misuse that power. Ignoring the possibility that there is a dark side to power is infantile, irresponsible, naive and idiotic.
If we recognize that there is a possibility that the military could be used poorly, it becomes obvious that before you hold office you must show that you can take that possibility and that responsibly seriously. The above vitriol is meant to raise an emotional response, but makes no sense. A man shouldn’t just “believe in his heart” that the military can do no wrong. He should strive to make it so that our government does not misuse its power.
If you want to yell “Rah, rah, rah!” at a rally led by someone like Zell Miller and his ilk, please go to a football game where lives aren’t at stake. Go somewhere where you can say “loyalty to the team is all” and disregard the consequences, because the consequences are confined to the sport season.
Me, I’m going to let my morals guide me. And those morals come from my heart and mind, not brainless platitudes.
Bush’s screwup does not qualify him to fix things. It disqualifies him. Someone else won’t be cornered by past mistakes, or having to repeat ‘stay the course.’ Someone else doesn’t have to prune the tree of options based on personality, embarrassment, or stubbornness. Someone else can use intelligence rather than attitude to decide the best course. Kerry wants to be that person. Kerry can be that person. If only the American people can put aside platitudes and let him.Posted by James at September 9, 2004 4:42 PM