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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

When Losing, Send in More Men to Die

George W. Bush said of his private, personal war: "We're not winning, but we're not losing."
Well, let's see. We've lost more than 3,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Permanently. Most were men but quite a few were women. We've lost more than 20,000 to wounds and injuries. We've lost billions upon billions of dollars that could have been spent wisely to benefit American citizens. And Iraq, it has lost men, women and children in the hundreds of thousands plus anything even resembling a decent way of life.
Now to me that sounds like we're losing.
So next week - and you can bank on it - this man who comes dangerously close to being a clone of Adolph Hitler will announce that he's sending 20,000 or 30,000 more troops to Iraq. How will he do this with a military stretched close to the breaking point? By telling men already there, "Sorry, you can't go home on schedule. You're due for a discharge? Sorry, forget that for now." And by sending units back that haven't had sufficient time to regroup and retrain since their last tour in Iraq. By calling up members of the National Guard and Army Reserve, many whom have paid a previous visit to Iraq. They didn't sign up for those organizations expecting tour after tour of active duty.
Now there's talk of allowing foreigners to join the United States military because not enough Americans are eager to do so. Sort of a French Foreign Legion you might say. And while these overtaxed members of our military are being asked to do more than they should, has anyone heard about either of Bush's daughters rushing to a recruiting station? Of course not.
Does Bush really care about Iraq? That merits another of course not. He cares about his legacy. But he waited too long; his legacy was shot the day he started talking about all those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Then, while people were dying there, he cracked jokes about it, pretending to look under a table to see if those elusive weapons were there. When warned of a possible insurgency he said, "Bring it on."
Well, they took him at his word and brought it on. So while he will be spending vacations at Crawford, Texas and weekends at Camp David, weary men and women who have already seen enough of Iraq will get to see a bit more of it. And more targets make it easier to hit someone. But will it be anyone from what is know as the First Family that dies there or is in danger of dying there? Of course not.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a suggestion then. It would be less costly to simply give the equivalent cost of the war directly to the Iraqis in dollar bills, dropped from a plane. Meanwhile pulling ALL our forces out. This would save lives, and allow the Iraqis to use the money to rebuild.
I must admit that this suggestion has come from a friend in New York who originally said to me "We're gonna wop Saddam, easy" without a thought as to what might happen afterwards.
Maybe this latest idea is a crazy as the first one.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to comment on the "We're losing" blog. I agree with you 100%, utterly, completely. I am afraid that we are in serious trouble at some point in time due to Bush's stupidity. I am afraid for my family and future generations. We can only pray that with the most recent election, someone will rise up and say "stop this madness! It is at an end."

Thank you Dick, for not being afraid to say the truth.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Susan Pennington said...

HI Dick,
I have enjoyed your site very much. My son Dana went to Iraq and I about lost my mind while he was there. I prayed every single day for his safe return and not a day went by that I wasn't with my son, Dana in spirit. He finally did return...Thank God, but he was broken. I noticed a change in him and he went from an all American boy to a man that became depressed at times. He is dealing with it...by working ALL the time. I'm glad he's out! I hated this war and feel sorrow for all those mothers that their sons and daughters didn't return. "God bless them" and "God Bless you" for speaking your mind! It gave me a chance to speak mine.

Warmest Regards
Susan Browning Pennington
"Peach Street Follies"

2:55 AM  
Blogger Dick Stodghill said...

The memories never go away, Susan, but give it a little time and I'm sure Dana will be fine. Not a boy again, but a fine young man.

2:58 PM  

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