At It Again!!!
In a recent AP release Congressman John Murtha quotes, "The soldiers can't speak for themselves. We sent them to war and, by God, we're the ones that have to speak out." I’m not sure, but I think as you are reading this I (an American soldier) am speaking for myself…are you listening Congressman? The United States military is still part of the voting population last time I checked, and the elected officials that I voted for are speaking for me. Murtha also said that he had gotten e-mails from World War II veterans and parents of American soldiers in Iraq, but where are the e-mails from the soldiers who are on the ground in Iraq…could it be because we don’t share his same opinions?
Murtha also said at another press conference, "We cannot win this militarily. Our tactics themselves keep us from winning." Our tactics militarily are just fine. It’s the political war that is being lost right now by Rep. Murtha, as evidenced by the landslide 403-3 vote in the Senate this past Friday to pull troops out of Iraq. After the vote Murtha said, "The guys in Congress are scared to death to say anything because they might be vilified." Either the rest of Democratic Party doesn’t agree with his views on the war or they just don’t have a tour in Vietnam to hide behind.
On a more positive note, the president on his 8 day tour Asia spoke to soldiers at Osan Air Base in South Korea. "In Washington, there are some who say that the sacrifice is too great, and they urge us to set a date for withdrawal before we have completed our mission," Bush said Saturday. "Those who are in the fight know better." The president hit the nail on the head with this one. If we withdraw before we finish what we started everything that I have fought for will be in vain. I have sacrificed a year away from my wife, and many soldiers have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I don’t want to pull out of this war and let that all be for nothing. I can’t say for operations security reasons, but President Bush is right when he said, "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down." I have been personal witness to this, and I can’t tell you how great is feels to be able to say that. Also in part of his speech to the troops Bush vowed to stay in the fight until we have achieved the victory our brave troops have fought for. Thank you for not giving up on the cause and the soldiers fighting for it Mr. Bush, we will not let you down.