Maddening and SHAMEFUL! I can’t believe that I have lived to see this day in the USA. Perhaps in some other imperialist dictator-led country, but NOT HERE in the good ole’ US of A!
Our VOLUNTEER service men and women have served with honor and valor along with shame and regret during our six years of bungled war planning. Most courageously, however, those same forces once again VOLUNTARILY gave their testimony as to their experiences while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) held a gathering of Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan in Silver Spring, Maryland from March 13 through March 15. They spent the entire weekend testifying before an audience about the experiences that turned them against the war. Patriots all, these brave men and women of principle were following the precedent of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War who met in Detroit in 1971 to testify about the atrocities and wrongs they witnessed, or committed, in their American war, (Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel, March 16, 2008)
Many of the Senators’ operators that I phoned today at their DC offices in order to protest, had no knowledge of Winter Soldier as it came and went over those days of March. For the first time in the history of “main stream media” (could this be the final step in Naomi Wolf’s staircase of descent into FACISM), coverage of our brave fighting forces words and testimony was a total BLACKOUT! Hard as I looked over various times on those three days of March, I could not find coverage or even video segments being shown on the 800 channels of television my cable package offers. All of the local and national media were informed of the event by the IVAW, yet it received so little television coverage, which is how most Americans get their news, as to have not happened at all.
President Bush had the audacity to say, “If I were slightly younger and not employed here , I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed.” Followed by, “It must be exciting for you…in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You’re really making history, and thanks”. Oh My God! He said this during a March 14 video conference with US military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan.
All that came out of his mouth smack in the middle of Winter Soldier. For the parts of Winter Soldier I have seen, nowhere did anyone mention anything remotely romantic or mysterious. Apparently the wars in both regions remain a romantic mystery to our Governor of Texas, George Bush, Commander in Chief of the Military of the United States of America.
Maddening, shameful, ironic, and frightening to any thinking, liberty minded individual, of which I am sorry to say there seems to be too little of late. If Winter Soldier were given the of coverage that was equal to the amount of money the American taxpayers are forced to fork over for these fiascos, many more Americans would reconsider these criminally insane endeavors. These wars are helping no one, not Americans, Iraqis, Afghanis, NO ONE. They are only hurting EVERYONE involved (with the exception of the war profiteers and criminals), which is more than evident in the testimony that I had to labor to find.