My son died in Iraq one year ago and it has made me study the reasons we went to war, as any parent would do looking into the loss of their child.
President George W. Bush came to Oklahoma City Friday, to raise money for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. I think for a donation of $5,000 you got your picture with Bush at a beer distributor's house.
My son joined the Marines to help this country do good. I tried to talk him out of joining, but after 9/11, lots of young men and women joined. One day before his final signing, I thought he was having second thoughts, but Bryan looked at me and said he already gave them his word. I was worried, but proud that he was a man of his word.
As time went by, I'd seen that Bush, Dick Cheney and others were not men of their word. They will lie straight to your face. Most people will lie or stretch the truth for one reason and that is money.
I was there, on Friday, but not to get a picture taken with him, but to ask some questions:
How can our government pay $800 to $1,000 a day to Halliburton, KBR, Blackwater employees, which Cheney has ties to, and only pay our troops $70 to $100 a day?
Is it true that Blackwater, which has cost taxpayers billions to provide security in Iraq, has given generously to your campaign?
Was Enron your largest contributor?
Did a Texas oil company, that gave to your campaign, drill in the Kurdish region yet?
Did you read the report sent to you in August 2001, about an attack in America coming soon?
Did you pay $5 million to a man from Iraq so he would not talk about weapons of mass destruction?
Did you ignore Iran's offer to infiltrate al-Qaida after the 9/11 attack?
Why did you ignore Joe and Valerie Wilson's knowledge about WMDs and al-Qaida in Iraq?
How many military leaders, CIA officials and others have resigned since you have been president?
If you collect enough money, pull a good-looking rabbit out of the hat, and McCain becomes president, do you get a pardon from these questions?
My son died in Iraq on Sept. 6, 2007. Does my asking these questions make me unpatriotic? Did my son die for my freedom or did he die so Bush could pump money through private contractors and please the Republican campaign contributors?
I was sure standing on a corner, outside the fundraiser, would not get these questions answered. But maybe the right person will hear the message. I do know that doing nothing will produce nothing.