Cindy has been one of the few people who have the ability to reach many people with one voice and not back down from the pressure to conform that voice to a status quo. Cindy is not perfect and never tried to pretend to be, which is why she will make a great representative. It is time for politics as usual to end.
Overall I have a huge critique of what Katrina vanden Heuvel said: "In the Nation community, we have no disagreements about whether this war should end. We do have disagreements about the best political strategies we should adopt in order to end it. I believe that your letter serves as a reminder that people who disagree about tactics do not necessarily disagree about principles or long-term goals."
If you are not calling for all funding to stop and all troops, contractors, advisors, bases and guns to be brought home now, then you are not in fact sharing the "principles or long-term goals" of wanting to end the war. Anything other than ending the war now is in fact continuing the war.
As a veteran who served on 9/11 and left the military over Iraq we disagree about principles and long-term goals. Saying you want to end the war is not the same as wanting the war to end, no matter how much one believes that they do want it to. It is essential to have an understanding of what war does to the people involved, both the troops and civilians, and knowing that it rarely, if ever, benefits either of them. Politics will blind a person to the human cost of war, because politicians are too often the only people who will benefit from it.
Ending the war is not a political strategy. Ending the war is a command given by a general.
The lives of our troops and the lives of the Iraqis are not pawns to be strategized with.
New York, NY
Sep 9 2007 - 3:47pm