Friday, May 13, 2005

Iraq

Man, have I avoided blogging Iraq. It's a mess, and I want nothing to do with it. Should we stay there? Will it descend into unholy chaos? Who knows? If they had consciences, the Bush administration would cry themselves to sleep every night over what's become of Iraq, and our military.

Ms. TfK had a student a few quarters back who had to take a final early so that he could ship out to drive a tank the next day. I had a student miss a lab practical because her brother came back from Iraq unexpectedly, but in one piece. These are the bright minds, hard workers trying to build lives for themselves, but stuck in a tarpit of ethnic hatred, poor planning, and inflexible ideologies foreign and domestic.

DailyKos says "This is how it's done" about a story in the Denver Business Journal:
[Colorado] State Treasurer Mike Coffman announced Thursday he will return to the U.S. Marine Corps and go to Iraq.

Coffman will step down as treasurer before reporting for active duty next month. He said he'd like to return to the state treasurer post when he returns, possibly in March 2006.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for me," Coffman said in a news release. "I had to choose between whether to continue serving Colorado as the State Treasurer or serving the nation by returning to the Marine Corps and going to Iraq."

People who honestly believe that the battle for Iraq is good and right ought to sign on the dotted line. I wish all of them the best, and a safe return. But no one ought to be sent there. No one should want to go.

Here's why, another Kos story, of an entire squad of Marines that's been wiped out:

Gunnery Sgt. Chuck Hurley emerged from the smoke and turmoil around the vehicle, circling toward the spot where helicopters would later land to pick up casualties. As he passed one group of Marines, he uttered one sentence: "That was the same squad."

Among the four Marines killed and 10 wounded when an explosive device erupted under their Amtrac on Wednesday were the last battle-ready members of a squad that four days earlier had battled foreign fighters holed up in a house in the town of Ubaydi. In that fight, two squad members were killed and five were wounded.

In 96 hours of fighting and ambushes in far western Iraq, the squad had ceased to be.
Read the rest, and weep for what we're doing to our kids and our nation.