The Day after Blog Action Day: Five Years On

Yesterday, I was happy to spend a few cycles on providing environmental resources, but today I can’t help but return to my default state of surprise that we don’t really seem to be living as a nation at war. My uncle (my dad’s brother) was just deployed to Iraq. A good friend of my brother (and friend of our family) is having his welcome home party here in Nashville this Sunday. His final dispatch from Iraq was not encouraging. His tour was even less encouraging considering that he’s actually in the Navy and was basically hoodwinked into a tour in Iraq. At least my uncle is in the Army.

My brother’s friend reported a harrowing experience of having been shot at by a sniper. His personal letters seem to find political vocalization in the words of some brave Army captains. Our friend is no phony soldier (and I don’t mean to portray him as staunchly anti-war; he just offered realistic assessments of some pretty awful scenarios), and I suspect that this dozen, though soon to be surely dirtied by the wingers, are not either.

The Army captains offer a stark choice: a draft or withdrawal. I cannot look to Iraq and see any good choices. And I cannot look to a healthy national dialogue for working through the options we have available. Although I can safely say that I don’t think military strikes against Iran are among them.

5 years on, I wonder how Sen. Clinton, the current Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination for 2008, answers to herself, “Was it worth it?” I know the position of the Republican candidates (save Ron Paul). I know my own answer, and the answer is “no”. Especially when I reflect on what else $1.2 trillion could buy.

Update: I’ve got it! We’ll see how many other people we can get to attack Iraq!

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3 Responses to “The Day after Blog Action Day: Five Years On”

  1. [...] S-Town Mike responds to Bill Hobbs’ responding to comments made by Freddie O’Connell. The conservative lines against soldiers who oppose the Bush policy in Iraq seem to die the death of a thousand qualifications: rather than listening to military men and women first, the Bush-supporters seem to be forever prejudging them as wrong and cutting them out of the herd based their own random prejudice. That may be good campaign strategy, but it is bad foreign policy. [...]

  2. Jim Lundberg says:

    Conscription or withdraw? I think the question pretty much answers itself.

    The majority of the military is giving donations to Ron Paul, even more than Obama. Ron Paul has won most of the straw polls and most thinking people are behind him. I don’t think anyone should elect someone based on whether they are black or a woman. I have voted for all Democrats since Ross Perot, but this election presents an option to vote FOR someone for a change, instead of just voting for the lesser of evils. We need to pull our troops from all countries that are not a direct threat, and Iraq and Iran are no threats. If we continue on this path of war and spending, we will end up just like Rome.

  3. [...] Freddie O’Connell reflects on the War In Iraq: The Army captains offer a stark choice: a draft or withdrawal. I cannot look to Iraq and see any good choices. And I cannot look to a healthy national dialogue for working through the options we have available. Although I can safely say that I don’t think military strikes against Iran are among them. [...]

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