Jonathan Tasini, my candidate for the US Senate, stood with me, holding a picture of my nephew. This is my speech:
Kudos to the cadets and their parents. I wish them peace. One of their own was just killed. West Point graduate Capt. Doug DiCenzo died Thursday when his Humvee hit a roadside bomb.
I know many of the cadets must be conflicted because this war is illegal, immoral, and based on lie after lie. I wish my nephew had been conflicted. Instead, he bought the jingoism of the Bush Administration. And he paid dearly.
the truth of war. In his last call, he said he was counting the days. He had 73. He was home much sooner, killed August 6th by a Vehicle Borne IED,
his face completely blown off.
I think of all the Chases, counting the days til they come home. I think of the dead and injured. And I think of the Iraqi people.
George Bush Doesnt Care. If He Did, This Is What Hed Say To The Cadets Today:
The cadet honor code is: A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. Please break the code briefly and tolerate me as I apologize for my failures of mass proportion.
First, I must express regret to the families of dead soldiers and to the physically and psychologically maimed. And to the Iraqi people. I beg mercy for cheating them of their loved ones, for stealing their futures, and causing never-ending grief.
I apologize for lying about WMD and linking Saddam Hussein with 9/11 in every speech Ive given to promote this war. I apologize for saying the United
States doesnt torture while I have condoned and encouraged it.
I apologize for violating the Geneva Convention.
My desire for regime change in Iraq as a basis for the use of force is barred by the United Nations Charter. I have interpreted the nature of defense and reinterpreted the Constitution to suit my will. For this I apologize.
If the war is illegal, then you as members of the armed forces have a legal and moral obligation to resist illegal orders.
Honor, as it is understood by the Corps of Cadets, is a fundamental attribute of character. Honor is a virtue which implies loyalty and courage, truthfulness and self-respect, justice and generosity. Its underlying principle is truth. If a cadet is true in thought, word, and deed, there is no question about his or her meeting the standards of the Corps.