Rusty fires back
A reader of this site, Bob, posted a comment to a guest posting by my friend Rusty.
Rusty, who takes this particular subject extremely seriously as his son is about to embark on his second tour of duty in Iraq, takes serious issue with Bob.
I thought Rusty's rebuttal worthy of a separate posting rather than simply as another comment, and here it is:
Thanks for your reasoned, well thought out, and well written-rebuttal to my
posting about the "Anti-Bush Resolution". Sometimes you submit to a blog and you never know if anyone reads it or cares, or whatever.
In any event, despite your obvious intellect, sadly, it's obvious that you, like so many in our country, care more about embarrassing or repudiating Bush than you do about the welfare of our soldiers overseas or about the long term future of our country. You purport to be independent and then spend the next six paragraphs spewing the left-of-liberal party line about Bush, the war, etc. Even worse is that your entire discussion focuses on the the politics of the resolution without one mention of what effect it might have on the troops on the ground and troops that will be there in the future (until the Dems garner the cajones to cut funding, I guess).
Although I feel going into Iraq was, for a lot of reasons, the right thing to do, I am not a lock, stock, and barrel Bush supporter. What I am is a supporter of this country and of the soldiers, my son included, who have fought and are continuing to fight in this war. I am also a strong believer in Bush's contention that this is the great ideological struggle of the 21st Century. To borrow from the all-time stupidest liberal bumper sticker: If you are not outraged (by what the Imams are saying), then you are not paying attention.
The fact of the matter is, whether it was the right thing to do or not, we are at war and we have young men risking and losing their lives for our country. That anyone is playing politics at a time like this is beyond disgusting and disheartening.
None of us can know whether the troop surge is the right thing to do. But, I guess we'll find out. I hope for the sake of our troops on the ground, the people of Iraq, and for our country that it makes a positive difference and contributes to turning the tide. If not, I can only imagine being at a cocktail party with you and your ilk in the weeks and months after we might leave Iraq, with our objectives not having been accomplished. I'd watch in sheer disgust as you smugly pat each other on the back and congratulate yourself about how smart you are and how stupid Bush is. Can't you see? Its the country, stupid! Politics shouldn't matter at a time like this.
My final point in this rather rambling response is that were I to be of your obvious political persuasion, I'd be disgusted that my elected representatives don't have the guts to cut the funding and thereby bring a relatively swift end to our involvement in the war. While I would disagree with it, it would at least be a principled action, not pure pandering politics that puts lives at risk.
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