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Support troops, but not the administration that misleads us

I am compelled to respond to a recent letter in the Mirror. More to the point, I am compelled to address three words we see and hear a lot these days: “Support our troops.”

Clarification is badly needed. Who ever said they don’t support our troops? No one I know. Quite the contrary, those of us who have serious doubts about how the war in Iraq is going are saying we don’t like what the Bush Administration is doing with our troops. We don’t like the fact that over 1,700 of them have been killed. The troops are doing their jobs as good soldiers. But nothing else is clear, and that’s just not fair to those troops.

I’m not going to compare the mess in Iraq with Vietnam. However, I do wonder if those who support the White House’s position understand what a bad war is. And If we can’t question the actions and motives of our leaders, what does that say about our freedoms?

Wouldn’t you agree that a freedom worth fighting for is the freedom to insist on hearing the truth? Well, folks, we aren’t even close.

One of the comments in that letter (June 22, “Support the military”) sums it up, as the writer assumes we all have an obligation to simultaneously support our troops, our country and our president. And God is even thrown into the equation. With this argument spreading out in so many directions, it’s little wonder that we Americans can’t all be on the same page.

Our president has been playing upon our fears and our patriotism for nearly fouir years now. He’s actually convinced enough of us that we invaded Iraq to stop terrorism. We are truly a nation divided.

Our troops, we support. Those who would mislead us, we do not. It has taken a while, but more and more people are opening their eyes. The majority of Americans now feel that the war in Iraq wasn’t worth starting. But now we’re stuck with it.

We’ll continue to support the troops. But if we don’t demand accountability from our leaders and an end to the lies, it’s going to be a long time before we recapture the spirit that made this country great.

DAVID McKENZIE

Federal Way

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