Saturday, June 25, 2005
Gulf War I Veteran: They Bash Us at Every Turn
My Grandfather served in the Philippines during WWII (Army). My father served during Vietnam (Army). I served 7
years (USAF) to include Desert Storm and I have friends and relatives currently serving. I have been to Iraq and I am very proud to have worn the uniform, representing my country.
I resent Karl Rove's recent comments as do I the whole Bush admin. attitude towards our military. They bash us at every turn. They say they support the troops and veterans but they have trashed every veteran who dared run against a republican. Just look what they did to Max Cleland and John Kerry. They say they are helping the vets but are cutting veterans services. They say they support the troops but they tried to cut their hostile fire pay and family separation pay even while they were fighting for this country.
I am sick and tired of the hypocrisy and I am sick and tired of being called anti-American or unpatriotic, simply because I do not support this illegal, pre-emptive war which was based on lies. I would have given my life for this country and I will always support my brothers and sisters in uniform whenever and wherever they are called to serve.
The words may come easy for those who have never served in uniform or fought to defend our freedoms and ideals but their actions speak ever so loudly.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." - President Theodore Roosevelt
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its STUPIDITY." - Dwight Eisenhower
And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth? And the answer is not very damned many."
[Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, remarks to the Discovery Institute, 8/14/1992]