Predictably, the Whitehouse and right-wing Bush supporters are feigning outrage. Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, wrote on the National Review blog "The Corner," that "like the men he commands, (Petraeus) is risking his life to protect our freedoms here at home..."
While it's true that our soldiers are risking their lives in Iraq -- they are not fighting for "our freedoms here at home."
The tragic fact is is the men and women who joined the U.S. military with the honorable intention of defending American freedom are being misled by a dishonorable commander in chief, who is actively engaged in the destruction of our civil liberties.
Our soldiers are fighting and dying for a president whose attacks on our freedom, since 9/11, include illegal surveillance conducted inside the U.S. by the Pentagon, illegal wire-tappings, and FBI agents engaging in illegal call-tracking efforts that violated the privacy of millions of Americans.
They're fighting and dying for a president who has eliminated the writ of habeas corpus -- the mainstay of the individual's protection against an abusive government.
Our soldiers are fighting and dying for a president whose only goal is to keep them fighting and dying until he can toss the remains of his ignoble war into the lap of his successor.
Has the general betrayed us? "...Ask the infantry and ask the dead."
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