An Open Letter To Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle
May 31, 2007
I received this letter from one of the Soldier’s that we’ve featured here at ASM in the past. His letter, speaks eloquently of the frustration that our Troops in harms way are feeling when they are constantly barraged with the news coverage of the political posturing that constantly is occurring in Washington D.C. I can fully appreciate and understand his frustration and the frustration of the many men and women serving in our Nation’s Armed Forces. This is a letter which needs to be read by every single one of the Politicians currently sitting on their “thrones” in Washington D.C., not caring that their political posturing gravely affects the lives of the men and women so proudly and valiantly serving our Country. I say that, because quite honestly, I don’t think the Politicians, really care about how their decisions and political posturing affects not only our Troops, but each and every one of us. I honestly don’t think they care about much of anything, as long as they can maintain their “political power base” and continue to line their pockets with our hard earned tax dollars. I think that many of you will agree, after reading this letter.
To the Esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen of both sides of the aisle:
I have watched and listened to your political posturing and fighting, and have tolerated it up until now, but I find myself increasingly unable to let those things slide and find myself drawn to speak out, especially in light of the recent Memorial Day holiday.
To those profess to be opposed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan:
I will not speak as to whether it is correct or right for us to be in those places, or any other for that matter. Instead, I will address my opinions on your actions regarding the conduct of those missions and your support (or lack thereof) for them. If, as you profess, you truly believe that we shouldn’t be in those countries, if you believe, as you state repeatedly on the media, THEN YOU ARE FAILING YOUR PRINCIPLES AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS. If you believe that Soldiers are dying needlessly, as you’re so fond of saying to all that will listen, WHY ARE YOU ALLOWING IT TO CONTINUE? If you TRULY believe that things are hopeless, that we cannot win, that we must withdraw, then every second you delay that SOLDIERS ARE DYING and you do nothing about it. Each second you waste with useless posturing and toothless bills and motions merely delays any productive change, and SOLDIERS DIE while you plan your next soundbite for CNN. If you SINCERELY believe that Soldiers are dying needlessly, WHY DO YOU REFUSE TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO STOP IT? If, on the other hand, as I suspect, you are merely using the deaths of American patriots to fuel your political machinery then you are, without a doubt, the most vile of opportunists, and should not only be censured for your actions, but should forfeit your place within the governmental workings of the land those Soldiers died to protect.
To those who profess to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
If you support the troops, then SUPPORT THE TROOPS. Quit the political in-fighting, work together, and give the troops the adequate and necessary funding and support they require. Don’t back down from the assaults of the far side of the aisle, FIGHT FOR THE TROOPS TOOTH AND NAIL as they fight for you in a far off place. DON’T LET THEIR DEATHS BE IN VAIN. If you support the mission, then you MUST SUPPORT THE TROOPS, and in no way should you allow the POLITICIZING OF THEIR DEATHS, using their deaths as a statistic being used to push for the end of the mission and the removal of the troops. If you believe their deaths serve a purpose, if you believe the Soldiers serving overseas are doing the right thing, then HOW CAN YOU LET OTHERS BELITTLE THEIR MISSION AND CALL FOR THEIR RETURN BEFORE THE MISSION IS OVER? Support the Troops, Support the Mission.
Either way, to both sides of the aisle: CHOOSE YOUR SIDE AND HAVE THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO FIGHT FOR IT. Don’t let our brave men and women die overseas because you’re too cowardly to fight for them as you see fit.
- A Tired Combat Veteran