George McGovern, Democratic candidate for president in 1972, has this to say about our troops in Iraq, and what the Obama administration should do about it. He says bring them home by Thanksgiving of 2009.
Mr. McGovern believes that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have something to do with the world-wide recession, and also thinks that the wars are responsible for Islamic terrorism.
McGovern offers me no solutions other than retreat. He recalls American relief when troops were recalled from the Korean War, but his comparison falls flat when he registers the number of American casualties in the Korean War: 38,000. He speaks of the tens-of-thousands of Iraqi deaths. But he ignores that it was Al-Qaeda’s death squads that made it the group’s policy to kill as many civilians as possible in order to discredit the American military. And he must overlook the fact that American soldiers willingly signed up for their duties when they raised their hand and swore the oath. Of course, they didn’t want to die, but quite a few of them wanted to make the enemies of America die…
Even the war in Afghanistan is troublesome to McGovern. And he has called for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq for several years now; it seems that whatever motivates McGovern’s agenda, the safety of Iraqis is not one of them. I know he remembers quite well what happened to the people of South Vietnam when the last Americans were airlifted from the embassy roof in Saigon. Soon the North Vietnamese swarmed south, killing millions. The Hippies marched for peace and we watched our friends die. The 3 million souls lost under a maniacal Saddam don’t seem to give McGovern any second thoughts; only America’s shortcomings.
As for the “decline of our moral standing in the world”; I don’t buy it. MSNBC buys it–but not me. I live in Europe and talk with Germans often. I never get any anti-American sentiment. Not once–and I’m a soldier. American jounalists hate America much more than Europeans do.
The former senator states that he is sure that all of our problems with terrorism stem from our involvements in the Middle East. Osama bin Laden agrees with you, Mr. Senator. It’s the mantra of Al-Qaeda. Bin Laden says we must leave Saudi Arabia, a nation whose government wants us there.
Mr. McGovern, with all due respect, this war has been being waged for 1300 years. When it ends, when the Arab nations, whose 40% illiteracy rates stagger an entire race, finally collapse under a mass of ignorance, and are then consumed my their own ravenous mythology, then we’ll have peace.