December 10, 2004
Better to light one candle
....than to curse the darkness. One National Guard soldier asked a question of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and suddenly the emperor had no clothes. Rumsfeld couldn't handle it. This was not a staged Pentagon news briefing where the compliant reporters arrive to write down the great words that will surely flow from the leaders. No, this was a gathering of people who will be risking their lives for a cause Rumsfeld cannot explain.
Can you imagine what would have happened with a real open forum? How about Rumsfeld going to Walter Reed Hospital to have a discussion with the wounded?
Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois wrote, "This adminstration has received every dollar they have asked for from Congress. So, the money has been there." Why, he asked, was the soldier correct in stating that they comb landfills for scrap metal to protect themselves?
This war is such a tragedy it is hard to sum up the mistakes, lies, distortions and reckless behavior on the part of the administration. Now, perhaps, the soldiers will speak out to expose the disaster unfolding all around them. Time to bring them home.
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