Thursday, October 27, 2005
2,000 Too Many
I would feel bad, with me being the peace loving person I am, if I allowed this horrific milestone to pass without some form of comment on the blog. As I am sure most of you know it has been announced that the 2,000th American soldier has been killed in Iraq after 31 months of fighting. To mark this occasion there were thousands of candlelight vigils across the country to mourn the fallen soldiers.
My question to everyone is how many dead soldiers is it going to take before we finally decide that the insurgency and violence in Iraq will never end while there are still U.S. troops occupying the country?
I am well aware of the Bush administration’s argument that we must “stay the course”, but for how long? If I were driving to Madison, for say some Halloween festivities this weekend, how long would I stay on I-94 heading towards Fargo before I finally admitted that I made a mistake in going this way and turned around? This is basically what the Bush administration is asking us to accept with their “stay the course” policy. A majority of the country, 53% according to the most recent poll, think that going into Iraq was a mistake so when will the administration and our government finally admit this mistake and takes steps to fix it as best they can.
From my point of view I see no significant progress in Iraq. I realize that there have been recent elections in Iraq and I love voting as much as the next person, but if given the choice of voting or being able to walk the streets without fear of being blown up or shot, I would take the latter. And there will never be significant progress in Iraq until occupation forces are pulled out. There are a number of options to reach the goal of getting out of Iraq; two worth looking at are those of Bryan Lentz and retired Lt. Gen. William Odom.
Luckily for us Sen. John Kerry has finally come out and stated that we need to start withdrawing troops from Iraq. Thank you Sen. Kerry for doing this a year too late, maybe if he had stated this during the campaign last year we could have actually had a real debate about what to do about Iraq instead of having to choose between Bush’s policy of “stay the course” and Kerry’s policy of “stay the course with a few minor changes”.
I am just so sick and disgusted with all the bloodshed, death and destruction in Iraq that something has to be done. We have spent the past 31 months staying the course and not a whole lot of anything has been accomplished (except of course the unveiling of the beautiful “Mission Accomplished” banner). We need to make drastic changes now in regards to our policy towards Iraq, otherwise the next 2,000 deaths may happen a lot sooner then anyone thinks.