Losing a Son in Iraq

One father’s profound response

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I found the link to this moving letter over at Motherspeak (a site worth watching). The letter was written by Mr. Andrew J. Bacevich, a former officer in Vietnam and the father of an officer killed in Iraq.

He writes about the brush off he got from Senators Kerry and Kennedy to questions he posed to them about ending the occupation. He writes about being made to feel like it was his fault his son was killed because he is against the war.

He talks about how our so-called leaders have sold us out for a few pieces of silver.

“Money buys access and influence. Money greases the process that will yield us a new president in 2008. When it comes to Iraq, money ensures that the concerns of big business, big oil, bellicose evangelicals and Middle East allies gain a hearing. By comparison, the lives of U.S. soldiers figure as an afterthought.

He tells us what his son’s life is worth.

Memorial Day orators will say that a G.I.’s life is priceless. Don’t believe it. I know what value the U.S. government assigns to a soldier’s life: I’ve been handed the check. It’s roughly what the Yankees will pay Roger Clemens per inning once he starts pitching next month.

And finally he tells us what greed has done to our system.

Money maintains the Republican/Democratic duopoly of trivialized politics. It negates democracy, rendering free speech little more than a means of recording dissent.

I felt a responsibility to read it all. Hope you do to.

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