Thursday, July 07, 2005
Marine Vet Daughter: This Would Have Killed My Dad
I am the daughter of a Marine. Not just any Marine; [withheld name], Deceased. He was a combat veteran of WWII, Korea, covert mission(s) into [withheld], and [withheld]. I am also the cousin of two Marines and two USAF officers.
I am well read on topics such as world history, military history, strategy, philosophy, etc. I was raised to understand the difference between a fact and
an opinion; to instinctively mistrust and to investigate anything my government tells me; and to trust my own instincts and intellect in all things.
In von Clauswitz's On War, there is a chapter on what war is not, and what it should never be used for. Bush is obviously dislexic; he's done every single
thing a leader is not supposed to do.
He has sadly misused one of the premier fighting forces this planet has ever seen, and made us a laughing stock; worse, emboldened our enemies, by giving the appearance of weakness and incompetence. This is the second time in my life this has happened, and the first time I am glad my father is dead, because this would kill him.
There is a new twist, though, perhaps one the mental heath professional who posts here could address:
It doesn't seem to be 'politics as usual' but, 'the politics of greed'. I think I'm on to something here, because, unlike Bush, I have this axiom carved on my bones: Know thine enemy, so that their defeat is not only possible, but likely.
Thank you for providing this forum, where I can read so many eloquent statements by men and women in uniform, and hear the voice of my father. He may be gone, but the message lives on.
"The Bush administration has built a house of cards and the wind is blowing. And guess what? It's hurricane season!"