|Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, left, 25, of Madras, Ore., and Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston were apparently kidnapped following an attack by Iraqi insurgents outside the town of Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad.|
Warriors used to know what they were getting into when they joined the U.S.
Armed Forces, but they don't anymore.
There used to be a time when we wept for those returning in body bags, only
because of the loss of life.
Now we cry out in anger over the misspent service of men and women who have
been put into a far off country and left in limbo because our leaders don't
know what they're doing.
"Stay the course" is not a plan. It's a death sentence, plain and
simple. There is no way through, no way out, because an American president has
decided to hand off his disaster to the next one in line, in 2009.
It's truly not about ending war as we know it. I've said it before, so I'll
say it again. I'm not a person of peace, not able to claim that war is not sometimes
necessary. However, the Iraq war was indeed not worth waging. It's less worth it
every day, because we have squandered so much time, money and lives on a country
that never posed a clear and present danger to the U.S.
Then, of course, there are the soldiers. People who are willing to give their
lives for a cause greater than themselves. The only trouble is, they are supposed
to give those lives in defense of America, but they are not.
Two U.S. soldiers missing since an attack on a checkpoint last week have
been found dead near a power plant in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, according
to an Iraqi defense official.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry
of Defense, said the soldiers had been "barbarically" killed and
that there were traces of torture on their bodies.
Want to bet that these brave soldiers were not only tortured, but also beheaded? Reuters said there were signs of “barbaric torture.”
Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser, has written in the Washington
Post about how
we can get out of Iraq. It's a nice effort, but he's wrong.
The way out of Iraq is to put together a timeline and simply follow it. Because
we past the point of no return in Iraq a long time ago; when the dead are no
longer giving their lives for a worthy cause that has anything to do with American
More Americans will die in Iraq. Soldiers know the risks. But they also deserve
leaders who understand what they are risking and that it's for America.
George W. Bush and the Republicans who control Congress are making "stay
the course" the cry of the day. Their plan can be summed up in an open
ended and meandering war that has Iraq spiraling out of control and our soldiers
sitting ducks in a civil war where we have no fight.