The Bush administration has painted any efforts by the Democrats to curtail spending on the War in Iraq in order to bring home our troops as being nonsupportive of our troops. One word comes to mind- HYPOCRISY!
Army Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) who was the original Commander in charge of training Iraqi troops has made his feelings known both in an interview on “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday night and in an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times earlier in the week. The General didn’t mince words when asked about the horrific conditions at Walter Reed hospital when he said, “We’ve got this thing that so many military believe that Republican administrations are good for the military. That is rarely the case. And, we have to get a message through to every soldier, every family member, every friend of soldiers that the Republican party, the Republican dominated Congress has absolutely been the worst thing that’s happened to the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps.”
In the New York Times piece General Eaton puts much of the blame squarely at the door of former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld. “The general effort by Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Harvey (former Secretary of the Army) to privatize services at Army bases needs to be reined in. Some of the problems at Walter Reed seem to have been caused by the contracting out of maintenance services and other support jobs.”
It is appalling that this administration – that doesn’t give a fig about the troops who need support the most- bandies about the accusation that any strategy that differs from their absurd newest surge policy is one that doesn’t support the troops!
Let’s be clear- this war was completely unnecessary. Ambassador Joe Wilson who, with his wife Valerie Plame, paid dearly for crossing this administration by calling them on the “uranium in Africa” lie recently described the debacle in Iraq as a failed experiment of an academic premise (i.e., the Neo-Conservative theory that having an American puppet in the Middle-East would be good for the US – or more cynically US oil and business interests). The Ambassador went on to say that this academic premise was a flawed hypothesis to begin with. Of course I agree with Mr. Wilson.
Young men and women have put their lives on the line because they believed that they were doing the right thing for this country. These men and women are true patriots. They believed the administration when the case for war was made- a case we now know to be untrue. They believed that Iraq was part of the global war on terror- when in Iraq had no tie to 9/11. They believed that it was a noble cause to bring down a heinous dictator like Sadaam when in fact Sadaam is just one of many heinous dictators that the US has never had any interest in deposing and Sadaam had been supported often by the US in the past. These brave young men and women did not bargain to be chess pieces in a real life and death experiment devised by arm chair warriors like Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz (The Neo-Con Three).
We owe these young people a great deal. An apology for the war would be appropriate but supporting them when they come home and ensuring a quality of life for them is the very least we can do. This administration does not and has not supported our troops- they use the military in a life and death chess game.
Guess what- CHECK MATE!