Thursday, March 19, 2009

Don't let anything you do undo what they died for

Don't let anything you do undo what they died for

By Walter Haan,

During World War II singer Bing Crosby said on his radio show, the Kraft Music Hall, "Don't let anything you do undo what they died for."

Today, March 19, 2009, is the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the American offensive against Iraq. March 19, 2003 was the start of our Iraqi War, and the war is still with us. Almost 5,000 American men and women have died in this illegal war where the United States attacked another nation without provocation. Our government stated there were reasons for us to do this, but they all turned out to be lies.

So I quote Bing Crosby again in referring to our forces, "Don't let anything you do undo what they died for." Especially because the United States wasted these almost 5,000 American lives by being dishonest. It also disrupted the lives of thousands of National Guardsmen and put about 150,000 men and women of our armed forces in harms way for lies.

And for what purpose? Wait until we pull out of Iraq and we'll see. For nothing. I searched this morning for some mention in the media of this anniversary and didn't find anything. Eventually the US will sweep this war and those approximately 4,000 to 5,000 lost American lives under the rug of American history. It's very sad.

Meanwhile, in the last few days there have been some indications that we will finally put an end to some of our bad decisions. Like ending Stop-Loss, where soldiers and National Guardsmen were forced against their will to extend their stays fighting in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Gates says the practice will be stopped by 2011. By 2011? How about now?

Under withering criticism from veterans and Congress, President Obama yesterday abandoned a proposal that would have required veterans to use their private health insurance to pay for the treatment of combat-related injuries. I can't even imagine how this idea was ever even conceived. Some HMO making decisions about whether bullet wounds received in Iraq are covered under their plan?

But then there is some bad news. As widely expected, former President George W. Bush is writing a book. Mr. Bush plans to write about 12 difficult personal and political decisions he has made in his life.

Tentatively titled Decision Points, the book is scheduled to be published in 2010. According to an agent for Bush, the book will cover his decisions relating to September 11, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. In other words, the book will be fiction. Who knew he could read let alone write?

Another book publisher is planning to publish another work of fiction by former Vice President Cheney. I think of him as "Henny Cheney" (The sky is falling! Iraq has weapons of mass destruction!).

How may trees are now going to die for these works of fiction?--Copyright 2009 by Walter Haan,


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