IT’S ONE of the unifying issues in politics. The soldier whose life is blown apart by war that civilians vote to wage. How could it not be turned into a political opportunity by a man struggling to prove he’s got a heart?
The biggest casualty of this election is that we never had a real discussion about the wars we fight, beyond political party talking points made to make the man running for office the commander in chief hero when he’s not.
SGT. PETER DAMON (RET.): I volunteered to go to Iraq in 2003. I was involved in a horrible accident, which left me a double amputee. I first met Governor Romney during my recovery at Walter Reed. He took a personal interest in one soldier’s story and he wanted to know how he could help.
NARRATOR: Romney worked with a charity to build special homes for severely injured veterans.
DAMON: The Mitt Romney I know cares deeply about people who are struggling. Mitt Romney helped make a huge difference in my life.
The real “horrible accident” is that we were in Iraq in the first place. A war that may have been concocted by Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Don Rumsfeld, but was sold to the American public by Democrats and Republicans, as well as the American media.
The most popular politician on the scene today who wasn’t for the Iraq war is now president. Trouble is the politician who made the speech against the Iraq war in a safe Illinois district, with no one listening or watching at the time, has no resemblance to the man occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
It’s one of the reasons Barack Obama is now deadlocked with Mitt Romney.