‘WAR IS PERSONAL’
A response to Eugene Richards’s July 10 photo essay, “War Is Personal–III“: My 20-year-old son is over there. Last week he was driving behind a vehicle that was hit by an IED. All three of the marines were killed. Another marine, in his unit, was killed. I saw a picture of my son on his unit’s website. They were paying tribute to the marine from his unit who was killed. You will never know the pain this causes me–to look at my beautiful son, and how lost and alone he looks in this picture. There are many other marines around him listening to whoever is speaking. But he stuck out because of his posture. I only knew it was him because I could see his name on his shirt. I could not see all of his face, but I could see enough to break my heart.
I hated this war before it started, because I knew it was an illegal war of aggression. When my son joined the Marines I pleaded with him to change his mind. (His father and I are both former marines.) This is something he has always wanted to do. I am certain he wishes he had never joined. I spoke with him last Saturday. He forced himself to laugh if I tried to cheer him up by saying something amusing. He is a big kid–muscular. He was a four-year letter man in high school football. He used to be very laid back and easy-going. I know just by speaking with him and seeing his picture that he has changed. The beautiful young man I love so much has been changed by the callous greed and lies of a President who has no regard for the military. Who makes war just because he can. Who lied us into a war the Nuremberg Tribunal would have found punishable.
This President and his Administration do not care about all Americans–only those with the biggest bank accounts. They send other people’s children to do something they would never send their own to do. I pray for my son daily, as I do for all our kids. I hope when this is all over that Bush and Cheney and all responsible for this tragedy will stand trial in a world court. They have ruined a generation of young people with their lies.
DNC–SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN!
Unfortunately, Ari Berman’s July 17/24 “Where’s the Plan, Democrats?” fails to tell the whole story about the Democratic National Committee’s overall plans for the 2006 elections and our readiness to take back the Congress while winning down-ballot races and attending to the urgently needed job of rebuilding and strengthening our party’s infrastructure. Here are the facts.
Contrary to Berman’s implication, the DNC has a sound plan for 2006 that contemplates the investment of unprecedented resources. For the 2006 races the DNC will spend upward of $11 million in hard money (we can no longer raise soft money) helping to elect Democrats at every level, across America. We will spend roughly ten times what the DNC was able to do with hard money four years ago, when it spent $1.6 million for coordinated campaigns.