I found this letter on the web sight The Blue State. It is a letter from the Father of an American soldier who was killed this year in the Iraq war. It is addressed to President Bush, but I doubt he will read it. It is worth a read;
Dear Mr. Bush:
This will be the only time I will refer to you with any type of respect.
My son was killed in Iraq on February 2, 2007. His name is Captain Kevin Landeck.
He served with the Tenth Mountain Division. He was killed while riding in a Humvee by a roadside bomb just south of Baghdad. He has a loving mother, a loving father and loving sister.
You took him away from us. He celebrated his 26th birthday January 30th and was married for 17 months. He graduated from Purdue University and went through the ROTC program. That is where he met his future wife. He was proud to be a part of the military and took exceptional pride in becoming a leader of men. He accepted his role as a platoon leader with exceptional enthusiasm and was proud to serve his country.
I had many conversations with Kevin before he left to serve as well as during his deployment. The message he continued to send to me was that of incompetence. Incompetence by you, (Vice President Richard) Cheney and (former Secretary of Defense Donald) Rumsfeld. Incompetence by some of his commanders as well as the overall strategy of your decisions.
When I asked him about what he thought about your decision to â€œsurgeâ€ more troops to Baghdad, he told me, â€œuntil the Iraqis pick up the ball, we are going to get cut to shreds. It doesnâ€™t matter how many troops Bush sends, nothing has been addressed to solve the problem he started.â€
Answer me this: How in the world can you justify invading Iraq when the problem began and continues to lie in Afghanistan? I donâ€™t want your idiotic standard answer about keeping America safe. What did Sadaam Hussein have to do with 9/11? We all know it had to do with the first Iraq war where your father failed to take Sadaam down.
Well George, you have succeeded in taking down over 3,100 of our best young men, my son being one of them. Kevin told me many times we are not fighting terrorism in Iraq and they could not do their jobs as soldiers. He said they are trained to be on the offensive and to fight but all they are doing is acting like policemen.
Well George, you or some â€œgeniusâ€ like you who have never fought in a war but enjoy all the perks your positions afford you are making life and death decisions. In the case of my son, you made a death decision.
Let me explain a few other points he and I discussed. He said when he and his men were riding down the road in their Humvees, roadside bombs would explode and they would hear bullets bouncing off their vehicle. He said they were scared. He thought â€œwhy should we be the ones who are scared?â€ He asked permission to take some of his men out at night with their night vision glasses because as he said â€œwe own the nightâ€ and watch for the people who are setting roadside bombs and â€œtake them out.â€ He said, â€œI want them to be the ones that are scared.â€ He was denied permission. Why? It made perfect sense to me and other people who I told about this.
When he was at a checkpoint he was told that if a vehicle was coming at them even at a high rate of speed he could not arbitrarily use his weapon. He had to wave his arms and, if the vehicle did not stop, he could fire a warning shot over the vehicle. If the vehicle did not stop then, he could shoot at the tires. If the vehicle did not yet stop he could take a shot at the driver. Who in their right mind made that kind of decision?
How would you like to be at a check point with a vehicle coming at you that wonâ€™t stop and go through all those motions? You will never know!
You or Cheney or Rumsfeld will never know the anguish, the worry, the sleepless nights, the waiting for the loved one who may never return. If the soldiers were able to do their jobs and the egoâ€™s of politicians like you, your â€œcroniesâ€ and some commanders had their heads on straight, we would be out of this mess which we should not be involved with in the first place.
My family and I deserve and explanation directly from youâ€¦â€¦not some assistant who will likely read this and toss it. This war is wrong.
I want you to look me and my wife and daughter directly in the eye and tell me why my son died. We should not be there, but because of your ineptness and lack of correct information I have lost my son, my pride and joy, my hero!
Again, you, Cheney and Rumsfeld will never understand what the families of soldiers are going through and donâ€™t try to tell me you do. My wife, my daughter and I cannot believe we have lost our only son and brother to a ridiculous political war that you seem to want to maintain. I hope you and Cheney and Rumsfeld and all the other people on your band wagon sleep well at nightâ€¦.we certainly donâ€™t.
Proud father of a fallen soldier
I know if I was in Mr. Landeck’s position I would want to know the same thing. Cindy Sheeham has been asking President Bush for an answer for a couple of years, and still has gotten little more than ridicule from the right. It is simple, President Bush, What was the noble cause? There are evil dictators all over the world and many of them we call “friends”, so that couldn’t be the real answer. We know the WMD line was bullshit. Sadaam wasn’t a real threat, but we helped hang him in a style that would even embarrass the Klu Klux Klan, and they are still hanging his cronies today. Maybe it was the part about Sadaam trying to kill George W. Bush’s daddy that got us involved in Iraq. All I know now is that it was a slam dunk stupid decision and over 3,000 soldiers like Mr. Landeck’s son have died, and over 20,000 have been injured, many permanently. And, untold thousands of Iraqi’s have died, many of those woman and children, and 100’s of thousands of Iraqi’s have been displaced. And for the most part we really don’t know why. I do know it is not so I can write stuff like this, or any of those other jingoistic slogans right wingers come up with. President Bush, Just one more time, Why are we in Iraq? No seriously, what’s the real reason?
I say, Support Our Troops, Bring Them Home From Iraq.