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Finally, He's Right!

August 26, 2005

Well, of course, it took him hundreds of words to finally get to the point, but Roy Meachum's Aug. 23 column finally got there when he said the Americans fighting in Iraq should all be brought home. I hope with all my heart that his grandson makes it home safely.

That being said, it should be noted that this is a remarkable day for me. That is to say, it is memorable because I actually agree with Roy Meachum.

Those kids should all be brought home right now. But a lot of us have been saying that for a long time now.

I suppose Roy's telling of his family's military history will make it harder for Bush supporters to accuse him of all the things of which others speaking against this war have been accused. Harder, but not impossible, right Mr. Dayhoff?

I doubt though that Roy will feel the burning hatred from Bush supporters the way the average anti-war American has. We, who have been forced to watch Bush's manipulation of American emotions and loyalty, have been accused, at best, of being "unpatriotic," and at worst of "aiding and abetting the enemy."

Of course, I'm not quite sure to what war Meachum is referring. I mean, I know he mentioned the war in Iraq, but that war is over, right?

Remember that day in May 2003 when President George Bush landed on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in his green flight suit and stood before the entire nation and the world announcing grandly that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended?'

The war that began in March 2003 ended when the President made that speech in May under that massive "Mission Accomplished" banner on the USS Lincoln, right?

Color me confused when just weeks ago that same president side-stepped the Senate to appoint John Bolton to the United Nations, an organization at which he snubbed his nose repeatedly. He strangely said, and I quote, "This post is too important to leave vacant any longer, especially during a war and a vital debate about U.N. reform."

So what war is he talking about? The war has been over since May 2003. Of course we've lost around 1,700 soldiers in Iraq since the President announced our mission was accomplished. But it's over, right?

Chris Patterson
Braddock Heights




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