Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hostages?

It seems to me that this war and this administration are holding our soldiers hostage in Iraq. We are told by the Republicans that if Congress doesn’t continue funding this war the soldiers will suffer. But we know that if Congress continues funding the war more of them will be injured and killed.

We know that because so many soldiers are returning home with such serious injuries that the military hospitals aren’t prepared to meet all of their needs.

So how does this war ever end? How long must we watch men and women being injured and killed in battle? How long must we hear of hundreds of innocent Iraqis being murdered every week?

We sent a clear message with our votes, and we said we wanted this war to be over. What happened? Instead of bringing our troops home, they are sending more into battle and the tours of duty are more frequent.

How much longer will this administration be allowed to hold our soldiers hostage in a war in which it has proven for four years it has no idea how to win?

24 Comments:

Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

Like most things in life, when others turn a blind eye to what the leader (administration) is getting away with, they are all as guilty as they are.
Sadly, it's events like this, that cause those who "may" vote, not to, seeing as even when you vote for something to change, it doesn't! ; (
I'll continue to vote, but we need more than Two choices, and a Sweeping Change is needed soon.
But that's another story, another day I fear! ; (
BTW, the 60 Minutes interview with Soldiers who are still fighting, that are against the War, was very interesting, but not surprising.
Everyone is voicing their "No" to this and any "future" war!

February 27, 2007 2:08 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

Americans need to demand a special resolution vote as to whether we want to continue this war or immediately stop it. I don't see why we can't do this. I'm not sure how to get it started...but we have a right to band together and demand we want a vote. Anybody with me on this thing?

February 27, 2007 2:22 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

The soldiers are definitely taking the brunt of the pain but the whole country is being held hostage. Every poll shows that a growing majority of Americans are against the war and want out troops home now.

February 27, 2007 4:36 AM  
Blogger Felinemom said...

Maybe it is time to light the torches, get the pickforks and march on the White House. Isn't that the way they went after monsters in the old movies? No, Bush would hear that we were coming and leave for another vacation in Crawford.

February 27, 2007 4:51 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Unless the legislative branch finds some (pardon the expression) "balls" the answer appears to be 1 yrs, 10 months, and 24 days, when the next administration comes in. Please, let me be wrong on this.

February 27, 2007 5:19 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

That's why we all have to walk right up face to face with our Representatives and tell them, cutting funding can't be seen as undercutting the troops if they aren't there anymore. BRING THEM HOME!

February 27, 2007 5:36 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Amen, POP. Step one to making things better is getting these bungling fucktard asshats out of office. Anything else seems like putting the cart before the horse. If this gang hasn’t committed high crimes and misdemeanors, then those words are meaningless.
Fun fact: Americans oppose sending more U.S. forces to Iraq by a margin of 67 percent to 32 percent. That’s up from 65/34 on January 19 and 61/36 on January 10.

February 27, 2007 5:46 AM  
Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

I'm sure the admnistration will hold them until 2008 or until hell freezes over, whichever comes first.

February 27, 2007 5:55 AM  
Blogger Dr. Know said...

No plan, no understanding of the region, no compassion, and no honor. Only profiteering and hubris. Painting the entire region with the broad brush of "Islamofascisim" and killing and maiming tens of thousands of previously moderate civilians has indeed created thousands of new extremists - the survivors of this ordeal who have lost wives, husbands, and children to this mad foray. The PNAC crew should be eradicated - post haste.

February 27, 2007 6:05 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Our decider decides decisions.

"We The People" no longer matter.

February 27, 2007 6:23 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Frustrating, infuriating. What else can we say? As far as winning - what does winning even mean, especially since the purpose of the war is unfounded. Dang! This is a hell of a mess.

February 27, 2007 6:47 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

seems like not only do we have to vote, we hafta make a lotta noise too.

February 27, 2007 6:50 AM  
Blogger angry ballerina said...

Unfortuantly, I agree with Nick. While our voices are ringing out loud and clear, they are falling on deaf ears. My Ex is currently serving his second tour in less than three years. I can't watch the news, I'm scared to pick up the phone, and everytime I see a GI car in my general vicinity my stomach falls to my feet. Frikken sucks, and it's not gonna stop.

February 27, 2007 7:08 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

So far, Congress, at the behest of the Preznit Deciderer has "supported" 22,000 troops by putting them in harm's way so that they could be injured and receive the Purple Heart. 22,000. And Joe "Turncoat" Lieberman thinks we need six more months. Assholes.

February 27, 2007 7:48 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

It may be time for the torches and pitchforks, as felinemom mentioned. For the war, and for subverting the constitution, the president and vice president must be impeached and convicted.

February 27, 2007 7:51 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I don't think our votes and wishes count anymore.

And I worry if the next administration will be any better in the long run.

It seems to me that things in this country are just totally out of control.

Nick said we shouldn't be judgmental but if we aren't most people would be as much as slaves inside of a few years.

February 27, 2007 8:50 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

The Democrats are wimping out, because they know that anything meaningful they pass in the House will be obstructed in the Senate through GOP obstruction. There is little we can do now, because of that, but if the House were to impeach Bush now, he could not be pardoned and could later be charged with crimes, even if the Senate did not convict him.

February 27, 2007 11:39 AM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

How much longer will this administration be allowed to hold our soldiers hostage in a war in which it has proven for four years it has no idea how to win?

I don't know, but it looks like they're willing to spend our money funding the other guys to keep it going. Will he leave office when he's supposed to? That's starting to scare me!

February 27, 2007 12:04 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

Emperor for life? He makes his own rules so why not?

I stay involved but it sometimes seems hopeless.

Sorry I've been away. You disappeared from bloglines somehow along with a few other of my "political" blogging friends.

Conspiracy?

February 27, 2007 12:17 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

I wonder if they will start trying to hide the maimed survivors by renditioning them somewhere, or whatever that shitty euphemism Condilyingleezza Rice used when she went around saying,"We do not torture."
The outrage is getting so intense it's difficult to bear.

February 27, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger --spared-- said...

I often think the same thing; our troops are over there with the gnawing feeling they are perpetuating a huge mistake. They may be hostages in the physical sense, but the more devastating result of this war is the sense of futility they will feel when they are home. Many have lost not just appendages, but their marriages, their savings, and worse: pride in their decision to be soldiers for the US.

February 27, 2007 5:18 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

and now it looks like we are helping extremist Sunnis (the ones who attack the soldiers) in an attempt to limit Iran's power.

February 27, 2007 9:22 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Pop, as always, you keep raising the relevant questions, the ones that the Congress should be doing, and doing it loudly. I does look, however, that they are doing tippy toeing through the tulips instead. The torch and pitchfork methode, unfortunately, despite being an attractive sounding option, wouldn't work. If approached in a hostile manner, they would just turn into bats and fly away. Don't they all, those monsters?

February 28, 2007 12:24 AM  
Blogger Women on the Verge said...

Apparently, a veeeeeeerrrrrryyyy looooooonnnnnnnggggg time :-(

E of wotv

March 03, 2007 5:12 AM  

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