Another Christmas Day
Bush spends his holiday with his family. Our soldiers spend their Christmas away from their families, in a war zone; more dying each day while they wait for Bush to decide a new way forward. As of December 24, 2006, the military had identified the death of 2,969 soldiers. It seems very likely that more than 3,000 soldiers will die before Bush decides what the way forward is. Condoleezza Rice tells us it is worth the price, 2,969 soldier’s lives are not too high a price to pay. Our soldiers commit to serve, to risk their lives for their country. But does our country have the right to call them to serve in this war, if in one more year all we will have achieved is more dead soldiers? Bush must decide, he is the Commander in Chief. It is his responsibility. There must be a clear military objective. There must be an achievable goal, or else it is time to come home.
If our soldiers are to stay in Iraq, we will need more soldiers. The active duty military is stretched to its limits, the guard and reserve are breaking from the full time commitment that they have been called on to make year after year. There are not a lot of other options. Most Americans do not support a draft. They do not want to spend their Christmases alone, wondering if their son or daughter is safe in Iraq. They do not want to have to mail their presents to Iraq. They do not want to spend their Christmas waiting for a phone call or email. They want their family with them, home and safe. Would Bush take this long to decide what the way forward is, if his children were spending Christmas in a war zone? Would the American people let him take this long to decide if their child was spending Christmas in a war zone?
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