color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: That Dang Pesky War in Iraq

Sunday, March 19, 2006

That Dang Pesky War in Iraq

Three years. Sigh.

I have been watching the coverage of the 3rd anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. I’m already weary of the Democrats pummeling away that “72% of the soldiers think the troops should come home.” That’s really a misleading statement and the numbers are wrong. 100% of the soldiers think we should leave Iraq. And 100% of the wives, parents and friends of those that serve whether they are in Iraq now, have been there, might be going there, or will never serve in Iraq. We all -- they all -- want the soldiers home.

I have said it many times before and in many forums: There is no one that wants our soldiers home more or wants them home sooner than I (and soldiers’ wives, girlfriends, fathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, neighbors and friends) do. Those soldiers cannot come home soon enough or fast enough for the military community and those that support it. It's only the timing that's open for debate. And I often wonder if those people that think that our soldiers are dying for "nothing" ever stop to think that what they are saying is that they think themselves so above the plight of the Iraqis that the Iraqis are worth nothing? And that it would be OK to leave Iraq now and leave the country vulnerable to attack by all enemies foreign and domestic? THAT would make it all for nothing. There is a job to do and the soldiers will be home when it is done.
Do I want us to be in Iraq? No.
Do I think US troops will be coming home? Yes.
Do I think that is now? No.
Do I think it should be now? No.
Do I think the Iraqis need to get their act together? Emphatically.
Do I think that day is coming? Absolutely. I’m sure most Iraqis know that, too.

It’s just that I think there are those (including most Democrats) that can’t seem to accept that it will happen and those that do accept that the day is coming are way crazy that they don’t have control over that date. More to the point, they HATE that George W. controls that date because they hate all things Bush. I say, whatever that date is, it cannot come soon enough for me. And the sooner the better. I never want my son or any other American soldier to have to go back. Ever.
And to Charles Barkley, stick to talking basketball for you know nothing of war. American soldiers stepped up and did something you have never done: they put their lives on the line every day to defend this country. Keep your pity. Don't feel sorry for us (the military families). And after your little anti-Bush rant, you didn't even have the decency to THANK the soldiers for defending your right to be wrong and for the right of brainless twits like you to shoot their mouths off. American soldiers have not died needlessly, although I will agree that Iraqis have died needlessly -- at the hands of terrorists and at the hands of Saddam. Do you think dying for freedom is needless, Charles? Shut up, Charles, you pompous ass. Your ignorance is showing.

Then there are those that keep vomiting up that “We were misled on WMD”. So here are just a few of my favorite quotes (note all are from BEFORE the war):

December 8, 2002: "We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction." - Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL)

January 23. 2003: "Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime ... He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction ... So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real..." - Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA)

February 5, 2003: “Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations.” -Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

As for slanting the interpretation of the intelligence, the membership of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as of February 2001 and throughout the period through 2003 consisted of 7 Republicans and 7 Democrats.

As for those that claim President Bush somehow bypassed the checks and balances of our form of government in sending our troops to Iraq, it is good to remind those who espouse such poppycock that in 1998 (that would be before George W. was elected!) the entire Congress passed “The Iraq Liberation Act” (P.L. 105–338) which states, “It should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove the regime headed by Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime.”

In 2002, the House (296-133) and the Senate (77-23) overwhelmingly passed a House Joint Resolution, “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002” (H.J.Res. 114) which states, “The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to… defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq…” That would be a total of 373 votes in favor and 156 votes against.

And finally the ultimate check and balance is that not only was the President elected by the people before we went to Iraq, he was re-elected by 2.6 million votes after our country was at war in Iraq. So much for the President bypassing the checks and balances of our government.

So, I urge those reviewing the "history” of this war to review it well and resist the urge to revise it to suit your political persuasions.

And I can't let the "anniversary" pass without noting the progress. And there is progress. There is good happening. For the good our military is doing in Iraq, go read “Things You'll Never Hear the Mainstream Media Say” at Confessions of a Military Recruiter.

As I said at the start, our redployment from Iraq cannot come soon enough for me. I never want my son or any other American soldier to have to go back. Ever.

Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.


At 3/20/2006 7:26 AM , Blogger BetsyB. said...

Amen..I say Amen..
I hate all the politics of this war.

At 3/20/2006 8:42 AM , Blogger Mike Driehorst said...

Thanks for the perspective -- the right perspective.

At 3/20/2006 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, mom. Well done.

At 3/20/2006 2:58 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

I agree with you 100%. Another wonderful post from you.

At 3/20/2006 3:17 PM , Blogger kbug said...

Yeah, I get the pity thing too, even from friends. They just don't understand how I feel and never will because they don't have anyone in the military. Sure I want Seth home, and every one of our Soldiers and Marines and Sailors and Airmen, but not until the job is done. I would not have all that we've done already be for nothing. That truly would be a waste. No one could have said it any better than you go girl.

At 3/20/2006 3:28 PM , Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Thanks mom. You always say it best.

At 3/21/2006 9:52 AM , Blogger Melinda said...

You said it so well, I didn't even try...just linked my readers here. :) Thanks for taking the time to share what's on your heart.

At 3/21/2006 7:56 PM , Blogger Erik Holtan said...

Kick ass!
I have to link this one! I hope that's ok?
Thanks for thinking and researching before you did this post, it was truly a bunch a great points!
Hope everything is well with Noah!
Rock on Army mom!

At 3/21/2006 9:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post - glad i found your blog! bless you and all that serve and love the men and women who serve.

At 3/21/2006 9:37 PM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

Erik -- Be my guest! Sometimes when I get started...

At 3/22/2006 6:27 AM , Blogger yankeemom said...

SSM - It's imperative that we keep speaking out the truth since it seems that the naysayers have short term memories at best and have taken equivocation to a new level. And the major sources of news don't seem to want to make truth their priority.
Thank you for doing so.

At 3/23/2006 10:11 AM , Blogger BUCK SARGENT said...

Damn straight. I couldn't agree more. Thank you for continuing to fight the war of ideas back home. That's where the real battleground is. We're not about to be defeated over here.

It's funny how all those "peace moms" are so quick to condemn an entire generation of Iraqis to the slaughterhouse. Saddam averaged over 100,000 killed in the two and a half decades he held power, it just never made the nightly news. I guess out of sight, out of mind.

Since the MSM refuses to tell the whole story, some of us have taken it upon ourselves to fill in the gaps. There's some real progress to be found, you just have to open your eyes to see it.

Soldier videos from Mosul:

(select OUTM for my most recent tribute to the children of Iraq)

Buck Sargent
4/23 Stryker Infantry
Mosul, Iraq

At 3/24/2006 11:19 PM , Blogger Recruiter said...

Great points! Glad there are people like you who support us all - It's almost to the point that I can't watch the news any more because of what the MSM is saying. They are SO wrong and are only trying to push their own agenda (getting rid of President Bush)

Thanks for the link!


At 3/26/2006 10:02 PM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

To Danman123: you left out a pretty important part of your analysis of my piece: that the entire WORLD (or at least all the UN countries) believed that Saddam posed a threat -- liberal or conservative, Republican and Democrat -- all believed that Saddam posed a threat. So that was the reason we went to war... but there are more reasons to stay: a few million Iraqis.

Don't put that "anti-liberal" spin on my piece... When people say we are there for "nothing" they really mean that no one gains anything by the Coalition being there. There simply is no other way to read "nothing". A self-chosen government is never nothing. A free people is never "nothing".

We went to protect America based on what we -- what everyone -- knew and believed at the time. Please go back and re-read the pre-war statements of Sen. Kerry and Clinton. If you work Google you can find comments that mirror those from just about every Senator and Congressman.

Read the SEVENTEEN U.N. resolutions -- all of which Saddam violated. Saddam could have prevented war if he has given unfettered access to weapons inspectors. He didn't.

You s/ also take the time to read the 5 Iraq related pieces of legislation proposed from 1993 onward. Read the 2 pieces of legislation I site. Just don't re-write history to suit some other bias.

I'm not wrong. We just don't share the same opinion. And an opinion can't be wrong. Especially one based in fact and not conjecture.

At 4/25/2006 12:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am writing a paper for my language arts class and the topic I picked was the war in iraq "Through the eyes of the soldiers." I have talked to many soldiers. I to believe the war is useless and the iraqies need to build there goverment on there own.. Why as an american should we be using our money to help them, when we can barley help the people in our own counrty? But if we were to pull all of our troops out now, we wouldn't have solved anything, all of those soldiers would have lost thei lives and we would have accomplished nothing from it. I hope that you could write me back at my email address and tell me what you think as a mother of a soldier. Regardless of your opinion I would love to hear back from you!

Sincerly yours,
(i would love to hear back from you!)


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