I watched Bush speaking on television last night. It was my first day off since arriving in theater one month ago.
Please, America, listen to the man.
The moment anyone puts a timetable on coalition forces leaving, we’ve lost the war. You can’t put a timetable on the good guys unless you can put one on the bad guys too. That’s ridiculous. You can’t put an exact timetable on training up the new Iraqi military and police forces. It would be irresponsible.
No one wants American troops to keep dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know, because I’m one of those troops and I would prefer not to die here. On the other hand, and this is what you won’t hear from most mainstream media, if I do die over here, I’ll do so with few regrets. I wouldn’t be dying for a lie, as so many minstrels of misery and mischief keep spouting.
Americans are dying in Iraq so Americans don’t have to die at home, or so that they can die of self-inflicted things like lung cancer and heart attacks instead of having a building blow up and crush them while they are inside it....
Read it all. Does every single Army soldier or Marine believe this is the good fight? Impossible. Most do, from everything I've been able to read. I'm going to take a wild guess, for example, that support for this war is much higher inside the military than in the final stages of Vietnam.
I think of men like Sgt. Snider whenever somebody spouts the John Murtha line about how much he loves being critiqued by men who didn't serve in the military let's say Dick Cheney... It's a favorite gibe from the left, but strangely absent from the same critics is any sentiment that the military should decide whether to stay and fight or cut and run.