Something that seems to be fundementally lacking for almost this half decade of war is a plan linked to a fundemental goal for termination of our involvement in Iraq. So, what does the president want before we leave Iraq? Does he want to waste another 37billion taxpayer dollars on recontruction projects that are inundated with sewage, waste, and looting? Does he want us to stay there another year, four years, or 10 years in order to make his "base" another large fortune credited by the blood of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, and not to mention the countless number of Iraqis? The problem is getting so bad that recently a LT COL, a career officer on their way to a full bird, or even a star, just said he's had enough and wrote a scathing piece on the failure of generalship in the military. The failure of the Generals and the Secretaries of the forces to look forward to the threat we would be facing and not preparing the forces for it. The forces are too small and overburdened, as we and our families are the only ones paying the toll on this war. Literally. The only country in recorded history to give tax cuts in a time of war. It seems the Democrats are trying to give him a way out and take the punishment for the "failure" of the "mission," but that's just not good enough. I'm sorry the first lady and the President are so affected by seeing in pictures what my wife and I saw up close, and smelled for 14 months. Our deployments have already been extended to 15 months and there is talk in the Pentagon of extending our deployments to 18 months. If this is not enough cause to reinstate the draft, I dont know what is. Soldiers and young officer are getting out at alarmingly high rates, and the 1 billion dollars of incentives was just enough to cover the gaping wound. They have already lowered the standards for promotion in both the NCO and Officer ranks, we are already crumbling why not at least lessen the burden with a draft. If we are going to be an imperialist army then we need to star acting like it. An all volunteer force will not hold up for long under this kind of pressure and stress. People on their 3rd or 4th deployments for 15 months I'm sure would agree.
As of 29April2007 we had lost 99 military personnel in Iraq. That's 3 VA Tech massacres of just American servicemembers every month for four years. That doesnt count Iraqis where a good day is 33 dead, or military contractors. So, if we're outraged about the deaths of 33 college students why aren't we just as outraged about the 100 deaths of mostly college aged kids fighting a war that has been fought, won and lost. Why isn't America outraged over the futility of death in Iraq, especially of our own? And to those that aren't at least somewhat perturbed, I ask, what are we there dying for?
Every reason for this war has been debunked. So, why arent we outraged that we have men an women dying to make someone an extra buck.
The bloodletting has already started. The genocide/civil war that the defenders of the "stay the course" mentality are afraid of has been going on for four years. We opened a Pandora's Box. Of all times, we are supposed to trust that now...this time, you will know what happens after all your crystal ball told us that: Saddam had links to Al Qaeda...Saddam had weapons of mass destruction...we would be greeted as liberators with flowers and candy...the reconstruction would be paid for with Iraq's oil money...you defenders of this war have been wrong at every turn...but now you're right. Now we're supposed to believe that you know what is best to be done to solve the mess you got us into by lying or at best being completely ignorant of every known fact about Iraq, Al Qaeda, and the whole mess of the war on Terror.
Why dont you Neo Con, chicken hawk, chickenshit, AWOL, draft dodging, war mongers go slink into your lair and "plan" the next big debacle, go to Bohemian Grove and do your Pagan rituals and have your gay orgies, or call up your local escort service and spend time with the mistress. Spend all the time you want doing those things. Let the grown ups with attached brain stems and frontal lobes clean up your mess? The next time you come out with an idea this stupid, I can only hope that there is someone with the decency and patriotism near you willing to let you know what it feels like to be shot or shot at.