As of yesterday, 3,451 members (and counting) of the U.S. military have died since we preepmptively invaded Iraq. Of course, on the Sunday shows this week, everyone will be talking about the spinelessness of congressional Democrats, led by Harry Reid. It makes for good television, no doubt.
One of those Democrats who voted for the Iraq supplemental is Joe Biden. I’m thoroughly disappointed in this man for his vote, but not surprised. He’s old school all the way, which is not to excuse his actions, but to simply describe them. However, the video above illustrates that he’s got his eye on one thing that’s important, as witnessed through one military family hoping Biden can make the difference.
Democrats have a lot to make up for after this past week.
Another military family, exhibited by one father’s remorse, has similar things on his mind. However, the story of his son has already been written. No one on the Sunday shows will be talking about it today, least of all any Democrat.
… .. As a citizen, I have tried since Sept. 11, 2001, to promote a critical
understanding of U.S. foreign policy. I know that even now, people of good
will find much to admire in Bush’s response to that awful day. They applaud
his doctrine of preventive war. They endorse his crusade to spread democracy
across the Muslim world and to eliminate tyranny from the face of the Earth.
They insist not only that his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was correct
but that the war there can still be won. Some — the members of the "the-surge-is-already-working"
school of thought — even profess to see victory just over the horizon.
I believe that such notions are dead wrong and doomed to fail. In books,
articles and op-ed pieces, in talks to audiences large and small, I have said
as much. "The long war is an unwinnable one," I wrote in this section
of The Washington Post in August 2005. "The United States needs to liquidate
its presence in Iraq, placing the onus on Iraqis to decide their fate and
creating the space for other regional powers to assist in brokering a political
settlement. We’ve done all that we can do."
Not for a second did I expect my own efforts to make a difference. But I
did nurse the hope that my voice might combine with those of others — teachers,
writers, activists and ordinary folks — to educate the public about the folly
of the course on which the nation has embarked. I hoped that those efforts
might produce a political climate conducive to change. I genuinely believed
that if the people spoke, our leaders in Washington would listen and respond.
This, I can now see, was an illusion.
The people have spoken, and nothing of substance has changed. The November
2006 midterm elections signified an unambiguous repudiation of the policies
that landed us in our present predicament. But half a year later, the war
continues, with no end in sight. Indeed, by sending more troops to Iraq (and
by extending the tours of those, like my son, who were already there), Bush
has signaled his complete disregard for what was once quaintly referred to
as "the will of the people."
To be fair, responsibility for the war’s continuation now rests no less with
the Democrats who control Congress than with the president and his party.
After my son’s death, my state’s senators, Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry,
telephoned to express their condolences. Stephen F. Lynch, our congressman,
attended my son’s wake. Kerry was present for the funeral Mass. My family
and I greatly appreciated such gestures. But when I suggested to each of them
the necessity of ending the war, I got the brushoff. More accurately, after
ever so briefly pretending to listen, each treated me to a convoluted explanation
that said in essence: Don’t blame me.
To whom do Kennedy, Kerry and Lynch listen? We know the answer: to the same
people who have the ear of George W. Bush and Karl Rove — namely, wealthy
individuals and institutions. … ..
Lost My Son to a War I Oppose. We Were Both Doing Our Duty.
by Andrew J. Bacevich
All I can say to the hundreds of thousands of people who feel let down by Harry Reid and the rest of the Democratic congressional worms, though our representatives and senators are less useful and not as good for anything, is that you are not alone. There are a lot of people trying to hold the Democrats who did this accountable. We will not stop until that job is done.