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Who says being anti-war automatically means being anti-soldier?

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Date published: 9/17/2006

By Richard Amrhine


Most of those urging an end to the war understand that withdrawal won't and shouldn't happen overnight. But unlike the short-term thinking that got us into Iraq, we need to set a goal and establish a plan of action to meet it. But looking ahead is not President Bush's forte. The ongoing day-to-day struggles of his administration have prevented him from thinking beyond tomorrow.

So the president chooses to shoot the messenger, the media, for misrepresenting what's happening in Iraq and thereby turning the nation against the war and his policies.

I would simply ask that he come clean with the American people. Bush's dribs and drabs of acknowledgement that the war hasn't gone as well as he'd hoped do little to lift his credibility out of the toilet. His efforts to justify targeting Iraq in the war on terror reek of desperation.

Challenging the patriotism of those who question the war has become a losing battle. Those who are anti-war are not anti-soldier, but they are anti-stupidity.

"You sit there and judge him [the soldier, Marine], saying the world is a worse place because of men like him," are the forwarded words of the unidentified writer.

Did anybody say that? I've never thought that. I'll readily admit that those guys have more in-the-line-of-fire courage than I've ever needed to look for in me.

They are doing the job they were sent there to do. For the Americans back home, casualty counts are a daily reminder that we should demand to know exactly what we are fighting for.

Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.

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