We All Have To Start Thinking
by James Glaser
For weeks now different enlisted men have been writing about their tour of duty in Iraq. Now officers are writing about what they think. Just the fact that members of the American military are doing this tells us two things. One, we have freedom in this country, because those in the Armed Forces can still voice their opinion. Secondly, Things are not going the way we all want and we know this because these Americans are telling us what is going on over there.
I have no idea of who this Major Matthew Jennings is, other than the fact that he is a doctor and with twelve years of service, a professional Soldier we can't afford to lose. His story follows these thoughts. One long war tends to make many in the service call it quits. True there are some that stay for several, but if you check the record, they only have one war with heavy combat. Doctors will see the worst of any conflict they are in.
All Americans have to start thinking about how we are going to end this War in Iraq. There is no Exit Plan, we have never been told what winning over there means, and the suffering on both sides will harm our country for years to come.
In the eyes of the world, we are not the "good guys" in this war. The world over we are thought to be in Iraq for financial gain. The fact that the Ministry of Oil was the only office building in Baghdad saved from both bombing and looting reinforces that opinion.
With no Post War plan in place, we are making matters worse by stumbling along, taking casualties, and looking for help. President Bush acted tough while asking the United Nations to help us out. Every nation in the world knows he would have never done that, unless nothing was working.
We can't win in Iraq now and maybe we never could have. This isn't a war about winning. We will be lucky just to exit with dignity. The number of Americans that get killed and wounded over there is up to us, as is the number of Iraqis. The longer we stay, the more harm we will be doing.
Washington still wants a victory because of the election coming up next year and walking on the dead for votes will be nothing new. Both the American people and the Iraqi citizen know that it is people like Saddam Hussein and George Bush that caused this war. Both men have blood on their hands. As in most wars, both sides quickly lose any moral high ground.
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