I saw how in that interview with Jim Lehrer the other night you said we Americans “sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible image of violence on TV every night.” You went on to say that “the psychology of the country…is somewhat down because of this war.” You said this in explanation of why you would not ask us to make sacrifices to support the war effort.
You insult us, sir.
Each and every American. Do you really think us that frail and delicate that we cannot make difficult choices when neccessary? Do you really think us such a whining bunch of babies that we confuse being upset with what we see on television with real honest to goodness sacrifice?
Or is it you who are afraid to make sacrifices? Is it you who are afraid that if you ask more of us that the majority — yes majority, much larger than you ever had when you were elected to office — of Americans who oppose this war and who you have steadfastly ignored, and the even bigger majority who oppose the increase in troops you are pushing for, in contravention of all common sense and the recommendations of even your own blue-ribbon commission, that we will raise our voices and become even louder so that you cannot ignore us any longer? Are you afraid of upsetting the rich and powerful, who are more than willing to send young men and women to risk their lives in the hellhole of a civil war that Iraq has become, but who balk at actually paying for it?
You won’t even rescind the ridiculous tax cuts you pushed through, with the aid of a cowardly Congress. And the budget deficit which was nonexistent (in fact a surplus) when you took office heads into the stratosphere. We will not have to sacrifice, oh no: our children and our grandchildren will. Shame on you.
Our parents and grandparents knew sacrifice during World War II: they rationed everything from sugar and gasoline to nylon. They bought war bonds. They planted victory gardens. They worked and sacrificed in support of the war effort because their country asked them to.
Hell, even during Vietnam, Americans faced the uncertainty of the draft, which brought the war home in ways that today’s volunteer services — which cause the sacrifice to fall most heavily on only a part of the nation’s young people and their families — don’t. Or don’t you remember? Oh, that’s right. You chose to take a course which would avoid you seeing combat, or even going to Vietnam at all — and your fellow Republicans had the unmitigated gall to mock your opponent who actually served in Vietnam and performed heroically.
Maybe that’s the problem: you have no idea of real sacrifice because you have never in your life been asked to make any.
I do not know how America would respond to being asked to sacrifice in the name of the Iraq War. My belief is, given how the majority of Americans are opposed to this war, any efforts would be soundly defeated. But not because we’re shrinking flowers who can’t face the truth.
It’s because we realize sacrifice in support of one man’s insanity is in itself insane.