The Soldiers Die Young
I watch most of the “Sunday Morning Political Talk Shows.” The ones I watch are: Meet the Press, The McGlaughlin Group, and Face the Nation. Another show I watch, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, does a weekly segment called In Memoriam, where they list the names of soldiers that died in Iraq over the past week, as released by the Pentagon.
I watch this list every Sunday, and it upsets me for a whole lot of reasons, but here are a few:
We shouldn’t be there in the first d@mn place
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October is quickly becoming the deadliest month since we’ve been in Iraq
There have been more deaths this month than any month in the past 2 years.
The people who are dying are so young
Of the 29 names released this past week, 20 were under 25, including 2 18 year olds. That’s only one year older than me! It is absolutely criminal to make cannon fodder out of these young people by placing them into another country’s civil war.
It’s the same every week. A significant percentage of the military deaths have been men and women under the age of 25. I will not even get into the number of Iraqi people that have died.
What does this tell you about our leadership?
Given what we know now about our leadership, would you encourage anyone, young or old, to go fight in Iraq?