Petraeus or Betray us

The last couple days General Petraeus has been in Congress defending the status quo in Iraq. Tonight I read in the news that the President intends to keep 160,000 troops in Iraq through next year. As of tonight there are about 3,800 dead American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in Iraq. There are over 27,000 wounded Americans in the same war. International sources place the Iraqi death toll at over 600,000. Those same sources cite over a million refugees. There is nothing good happening in Iraq. General Petraeus has been trying unsuccessfully to put lipstick on a pig the last couple of days in Congress. Only a few naive people really believe we can win there. Afterall, what constitutes winning? We’re fighting irregulars, insurgents, terrorists and we’re getting our butts kicked. Oh, yeah we got smart weapons that we’ve paid billions for and they’ve got homemade bombs and they are kicking our ass from one end of the country to the other. We are technically and actually superior to them, but they are winning and in the end we’re going to leave. We can’t sustain this occupation even with a return to the draft. It’s not our country, we don’t belong there and even if we had five-million boots on the ground the Iraqis will still win. It’s really just a matter of time. How long will it take us to acknowledge that our occupation isn’t working. How many years? How many lives? How much money?

In our country we used to have representative government. It used to be government of by and for the people. It’s gone and so we have to stay in Iraq. King George wills our stay and no matter how ridiculous or murderous the policy we’re trapped there. We might as well elect another Republican next year, because none of the Democrats have the will to remove us from Iraq. Nobody has the will to remove us from this quagmire.

I came across this short video by Andy Rooney that was produced a thousand deaths ago. I don’t know how many months or years that was. 

About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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2 Responses to Petraeus or Betray us

  1. Shipwrecked In South Carolina says:

    We might as well elect another Republican next year, because none of the Democrats have the will to remove us from Iraq. Nobody has the will to remove us from this quagmire.

    Another thing we can agree on.

    As I sit in South Carolina waitng for Congress to approve a FY-2008 budget. We are being told to expect another continuing resolution — the Democratic leadership cannot event get a budget through Congress.

    I hope you are only have bad moments and are repeating the Serenity Prayer (the long version) often. It is the only thing that keeps me only slight insane some days.

    May the good of the day be with you.


  2. Steve says:

    Sad, so sad. I cant understand why he believes in something so fervently, that everyone else wants to get away from. Can his pride truly be that brazen?

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