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A Veteran's Thoughts
By Walt Hardester
Last edited: Saturday, November 03, 2007
Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2007



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You know, I read many blogs and editorials that say stop this madness in Iraq. It seems that even though Bush's popularity is at a record breaking low for any president and most of the populace is for stopping this "war," nobody who actually has the power to stop it is doing anything but sitting around on their collective asses. It really seems that everything but the elections NEXT YEAR have taken a backseat in both parties minds, and actions.

I saw an interview with Alan Greenspan yesterday where he said this whole thing is about oil. Not nesserialy about oil itself, but stabilization of the region. He said that Saddam had to go because had he had been allowed to continue his agression, it could have destabalized the whole region, and instead of sixty dollar a barrel oil, we could have 120 dollar a barrel or even more.

I believe he was correct in his observation that Saddam had to go, but Saddam is gone now, and there is no further reason for US troops to occupy Iraq. If the Iraqi people can not get it together, then so be it.
I do not believe that Iraq any longer poses a threat to the stability of the region.
We are in effect fighting a civil war for them, but then if we are, whose side are we on? Neither of the warring factions are backed by some super-power like North Viet-Nam was being backed by China.

I have to say, along with all the other blogers and individuals who have suffered personal losses, get out and let them fight among themselves. If not, then carpet bomb the whole place from the safety of the air, and not let another day go by with these terrible "rules of engagement" that are killing American soldiers everyday.
It has always been the accepted goal that if you are going to fight, then fight to win.

I am afraid this war has turned into this generations Viet-Nam, and in the end, we will leave with nothing accomplished except getting rid of Saddam, which was our main goal anyway. That in itself is more than we accomplished in Viet-Nam. Time to move along, and provide helath care for everyone in America. Feed the starving people here at home. shelter the homeless, and provide for the veterens who have suffered enough already, fighting useless unwinable wars.              

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Reviewed by Michael Guy 11/5/2007
Sadly, you know all too well being a Viet Vet. And nobody seems to want to admit the parallels to Vietnam are frightening. But this administration was playing at the Frat House during "our" generations war and didn't seem to learn anything.
I was against this from the beginning precisely because of the lesson of Vietnam. Either we have to gut the place or just bring our boys safely home. I don't think it is winnable on the ground, when this group of politicians are too busy protecting their EGOS.
I feel sorry for these young and brave soldiers ready to fight but so little to tactifully be able to attack in a reasonable war situation.
They are being force to play a dangerous "police" game that the Iragi's if they want stability MUST inherit.
Veteran's Day is coming, I hope you can make a respectful but telling post about your experiences in Vietnam, that may help.
I still salute these brave young men, but can't help feel disdain for the likes of this administration.
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 10/1/2007
I'm guilty as everyone else. But now I think it's about oil but only because oil nowadays is power, economic growth, etc. No oil, no power. Read Iran The Coming Crisis by Mark Hitchcock and read Erik Hare's recent blog or article about it. Spooky.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/19/2007
Time to move along, and provide health care for everyone in America. Feed the starving people here at home. shelter the homeless, and provide for the veterens who have suffered enough already, fighting useless unwinable wars.

Amen, to all of the above, especially in finally providing decent care for our valiant vets, who give all they have, and usually get very little in return.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/18/2007
some very good and thought provoking words here-well done
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/18/2007
Well said and good points made my friend.

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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/18/2007
Walt,

Welcome back, soldier. Welcome home!

What sickens me about this war, more than any other? Why are our guys getting charged with murder, when the enemy hides behind his own women, children, elderly, disabled: i.e., the 'weak'? Why are we getting screamed at when the insurgents dance in the streets with every infidel (i.e. AMERICAN) death? Something wrong here: our hands are being tied and we're going to get run over! The train's on the tracks, here it comes!!

And another thing: why are we paying our Veterans less than a liveable wage? Why are there Vets on the streets, going hungry, going without DECENT medical care? (Read my 'Thank You For Your Service' for my take on THAT.)

Thank YOU for YOUR service. From one Veteran to another, I salute you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/18/2007
Welcome back Walt..hope the nurses treated you well!!

Not my place to say anything being from another country...but I have to agree with you on this one...STOP THE WAR...what was surpose to be removed is dead and gone now.....so be with it and get them boys back home safe!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/18/2007
Welcome back in good health Salty Walt!!!!!!!!!!
Everybody talks about Nam lost war, and that's wrong.
In Nam the politicians wanted it both way, be in a war without declaring one, play soldiers when they weren't one and had no idea how to conduct a war. Left to the soldiers, we had been long ago eating burgers in that famous square in Peking (no Beiging.
In Iraq, again the politicians had their heads up their asses.
First the father wanting to be remembered for the 100-days-war, stopping Norman as they wanted to stop Patton (Patton said to hell with you lot and advanced, Norman obediently complied)
The son, wanted as is father, also the cake and eat it too, by "surgically bombing" "laser guided rockets" "drone Hellfire strikes" minimizing collateral damage.
Up to now, 3700 brothers paid with 4.936 US gallons of blood, not counting the blood of the wounded and the amputees, how much oil give the blood spilling to the jerks of Halliburn-Cheney and Bush-cronies?

Another Veteran thoughts
Georg

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/18/2007
I am with you completely, Walt. Take care of our OWN people--our veterans, our poor, the elderly, the disabled--FIRST instead of taking care of the illegals or the rest of the world; we are NOT the world's police!!

(((HUGS))) and love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
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