Wednesday, January 21, 2004
The Real Subject
How are the fallen from this war different?
Here is one, the late Capt. Kimberly Hampton.
She was 27 when the helicopter she was piloting crashed in Iraq on January 2, weeks after Saddam Hussein’s capture.
Capt. Hampton was an honors graduate of Presbyterian College, a champion tennis player. Her family is proud of her. "Kimberly was doing what she wanted to do.... She believed in the cause; we still do," her father said.
But what was the cause?
While you consider that, multiply her sacrifice by 598. That’s the total of Allied deaths since the war began last March 21. Add 2,904 wounded, many grievously. Add an untold number of Iraqi civilians, American authorities no longer calculate the number.
What victory did Capt. Hampton’s death achieve?
We know, from Bush himself, that he targeted Saddam Hussein from the day he took office. Bush's own Treasury Secretary has testified to what really happened. The Army War College now calls the Iraq War a distraction from the real conflict..
Howard Dean says, get our allies in, get Arab troops in, win the peace.
Howard Dean says most of the September 11 hijackers were Saudis.
Howard Dean says, renew the search for Osama Bin Laden, become independent of Saudi oil, and stand up to the monarchy whose schools taught the terrorists.
George W. Bush has scheduled no elections in Iraq, and plans a June 30 transfer of power even with no democracy, and no assurance of real security.
Howard Dean said no to this policy when it took enormous courage to say no. He stands his ground today against politicians who bought the Administration’s lies and spin.
Do you have the courage to stand up for him now? Or did Capt. Hampton die in vain?
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