Talking Tough Six Thousand Miles from the Front is Easy
by James Glaser
George Bush never heard his country's call to arms as a young man. Yes, I have heard the President talk about the after-burners of his National Guard jet kicking in, and how proud he is of his service, but even that story is another reason to distain this man. George Bush took the hundreds of thousands of dollars it took to train him to fly a jet during war time, but then he went AWOL.
I know this drives some people nuts, but if you are a veteran, and you fought in an American war, then you know that George Bush should have been sent to prison for the crime of desertion. In my book, George W. Bush was a deserter. That is the one criticism of George Bush that I have head from veteran after veteran the last five years.
But George Bush is now Commander-in-Chief of the world's most powerful military, and from the safety of his office in Washington, he is talking tough. This from George's New Year's message:
Defeating terrorists and extremists is the challenge of our time, and we will answer history's call with confidence and fight for liberty without wavering. In the New Year, we will remain on the offensive against the enemies of freedom, advance the security of our country, and work toward a free and unified Iraq.
George Bush didn't have the guts to fight for our country as a young man, and today he asks others to do what he refused to do. It is easy to tell others what to do, and then claim the mantle of authority, but when push comes to shove, George Bush will be an ocean away. Just like he was when our nation was at war back when he was the right age to fight for our country
Those fighting us in Iraq can look at President Bush's message and use it for their own recruitment work. They only have to remember the pictures form Abu Ghraib Prison or look around at the rubble their country has become under our attacks to know they are fighting American troops, to set their nation free. America can't make the Iraqi people free. The very fact that our military is occupying their country subjugates every Iraqi, and that occupation fans their desire to be free of our oppression.
I know our troops don't want to oppress the Iraqi people, but we have put ourselves in the Iraqi's position. We have to think about foreign troops on our soil. What would we do? Would we fight for our freedom? I believe we would, and the chaos here would resemble what it is like in Iraq today.
George Bush can sit in the White House and talk as tough as he wants, but the truth of the matter is, George has no idea of what he is talking about. George Bush doesn't know what he is asking of our troops, because he never was one of the troops, and he has surrounded himself with others who never fought for America. He and they don't know how to fight this war he has gotten us into. All he knows is how to talk tough. Meanwhile, American troops and Iraqi civilians are being killed and wounded every day.
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