September 9, 2004

WMDs Found!

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.

  • 1,000 sacrifices - As the death toll mounts, the path out of Iraq grows longer. (Concord Monitor)
    • “A tragic milestone was reached Wednesday. The American death toll in Iraq topped 1,000. But America is less, not more secure as a result of the occupation of Iraq.
    • “Saying that does nothing to diminish the honor due the fallen. They served their nation when called and gave their lives for their country. […]
    • “The president speaks only of his steadfast leadership and intent to “stay the course.” But that course includes no coherent plan to join with other nations to bring about a world that produces fewer terrorists. There is only the rote and wrong insistence that invading Iraq was a crucial to the war on terror. It wasn’t on Sept. 11, but it is now.”

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
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Posted by: David Grenier at September 9, 2004 6:23 PM

Nice essay. I'm still amazed when people claim others aren't supporting the troops simply because they would rather keep their kids safe and sound at home. Can you support them any more than that?

Posted by: Mike at September 9, 2004 8:27 PM

That so many young people are willing to stand up when they are told they are needed to defend our country is astounding and humbling. The least they are owed is to have their lives risked only when absolutely necessary, and with the proper planning.

Posted by: James at September 9, 2004 11:05 PM

Eloquent and right on the nose. It dismays me that people like Miller and Cheney not only are not laughed out of town, but get elected to high office to provide a larger audience for their smallness.

Posted by: Bob T at September 10, 2004 5:47 AM

James, if you ever launch your own magazine, please please please hire me. I would love to work with someone as well-written as you.

I wish the Kerry campaign knew about your pen. Hell, maybe I'll vote for _you_.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 10, 2004 2:16 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. It would be cool to own a magazine, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Posted by: James at September 10, 2004 3:37 PM

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