Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Fill in the gaps.

A decision this week to deploy an entire reserve brigade from Kuwait into Iraq’s western province will increase the total number of American troops in Iraq but for how long was unclear. Nor is it clear how the additional troops will be employed as commanders seek to quell the violence in Anbar in coming months.

One official said the additional troops would be deployed to "fill in the gaps" that now exist and that will get worse when a Pennsylvania Guard unit pulls out in about a month.

What we need to do is “fill in the gaps” within the heads of President George Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. They must recognize the realties of the situation.

Hello! This war is not winnable! Throwing more cannon fodder into the mix will not do the job. We learned that in Vietnam. We have already lost. As a veteran, I object strongly to committing any more American forces to Iraq. As a veteran, I object strongly to committing any more of America’s youth to this folly in Iraq.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, a fire fight develops in Kabul because of a traffic accident involving American Forces. People die. The Afghanis, just like the Iraqis, want us out. There is a reason why the exiled King of Afghanistan decided not to stay in Afghanistan when he was coaxed back from Italy for a photo op in Kabul. He knows we have already lost there too. As a veteran, I object strongly to committing any more American Forces in Afghanistan. As a veteran, I object strongly to committing any more of America’s youth to this folly in Afghanistan.

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld need to be held accountable for the deaths and maiming of American fighting men and women in those countries. They used deceit and lies to convince Americans that these military actions were necessary. In the civilian world, if someone’s deceit and falsehoods led to someone else’s death or injury, that person would be held legally accountable. –Walter Haan, www.war-books.com

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