This editorial, by way of buzzflash and AmericaBlog, is a damning statement regarding the Bush Administration and it's abuse of trust towards our troops and our nation.
This took guts to do on Memorial Day. Its what the media should have been saying a few years ago. All the media should be saying this now that the Downing Memo has been out there for weeks, along with the new info on how the US was bombing Iraq to provoke an excuse for war.
Nothing young Americans can do in life is more honorable than offering themselves for the defense of their nation. It requires great selflessness and sacrifice, and quite possibly the forfeiture of life itself. On Memorial Day 2005, we gather to remember all those who gave us that ultimate gift. Because they are so fresh in our minds, those who have died in Iraq make a special claim on our thoughts and our prayers.
In exchange for our uniformed young people's willingness to offer the gift of their lives, civilian Americans owe them something important: It is our duty to ensure that they never are called to make that sacrifice unless it is truly necessary for the security of the country. In the case of Iraq, the American public has failed them; we did not prevent the Bush administration from spending their blood in an unnecessary war based on contrived concerns about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. President Bush and those around him lied, and the rest of us let them. Harsh? Yes. True? Also yes. Perhaps it happened because Americans, understandably, don't expect untruths from those in power. But that works better as an explanation than as an excuse.
|by Robster @ 5/30/2005 10:17:00 AM||PERMALink|