Chaos in Iraq calls out for Kerry
Most everyone agrees that the upcoming election is of utmost importance to the future of our country and the world. It is imperative that all citizens think about the issues at hand and the direction our country is taking.The war in Iraq weighs heavily on my mind, as I imagine it does all responsible Americans. Our proven enemy is Osama bin Laden, a name seldom mentioned by the administration, but our energy and resources – thousands of military personnel and billions of dollars – have instead gone to Iraq. At every juncture of this war we’ve been led astray by poor judgment, mistakes and half-truths. How can the United States be safer – indeed, how does the United States benefit at all when, with each passing day, Bin Laden and al Qaeda continue at large; Iraq, not a threat to begin with, sinks deeper into chaos, instability, with numbers of insurgents pouring into its borders; and President Bush loses credibility and influence across the world.I feel our president is undermining our troops by sending them into danger without a clear mission, without a defined objective, without a semblance of stability to help pacify the civilian population, and without an exit strategy. As our military men and women die and as civilians die, the chaos continues in Iraq with no credible optimism or plan in sight.On the domestic front, I am appalled that President Bush did not extend the Assault Weapons Ban. I’m fearful his stem cell research policy will delay or halt crucial and necessary medical advancements. I’m concerned about our economy. I’m distressed with his No Child Left Behind program. I’m saddened by his short-sighted, profit-motivated, environmental policies. Teddy Roosevelt wrote, in a May 7, 1918, editorial for the Kansas City Star: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” It’s time for a change (and therefore a chance) in Iraq, in Afghanistan, our beloved country and the White House. John Kerry is running for president to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.
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