The War ..... You've probably read and
heard about this war ad nauseam and from far better commentators
than I. But I blather on about everything else and since I've been
watching this like the horror of watching a train wreck, I might
as well weigh in.
I, like many other Americans, spent the first
few days of the war glued to my television set. Of course, until
the bombing of Baghdad, not much was happening but I kept
watching, if for nothing else than to see what the news media
would come up with next.
I watched hours of grainy videophone pictures
of the back end of the tank in front of whichever media type was
"embedded" in the tank behind. At one point early on, and this is
the truth, one bored media type reported "We've seen hundreds of
camels, and they look restless." I never saw any pictures of the
camels, which may have been more interesting than the back end of
a tank, and I really want to know how that newsperson knew the
"camels are restless."
I really thought that the 24/7 coverage of the
war would have abated somewhat by now. What did CNN, MSNBC, and
Fox talk about all day before the war coverage?
I would like to suggest that during the next
war each combatant be issued a videophone and let them interview
each other. It might be more interesting.
And speaking of interviews, I think every
Coalition Force soldier fighting in Iraq has been interviewed--all
300,000 of them. We have enough news media in Iraq that maybe
arming them might win the war sooner.
I have continually flipped back and forth
between CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. I know every detail of the war. I
have listened to both sides in the public relations war between
the nations. And I have to say that at least here, the Americans
are winning. Those Iraqis need some better speech writers. But we
are losing the PR war in the Arab countries. Maybe we should
consider bombing Al-Jazeeera TV even if it is located in Qatar,
one of about our only friends in that part of the world.
Now I hate Saddam Hussein. I think he should be
disposed. But I'm not sure we are the ones to do it. I sorta think
maybe the Iraqis themselves should do it. But once the first shot
was fired, I support our troops. I think we all should.
However, I defend the right of the anti-war
protesters to make their feelings known as long as they don't
break the law. One of the reasons we want to get rid of Saddam is
because he won't let his citizens protest.
Our country is on the horns of a dilemma. If
chemical or biological weapons are used against us, it will prove
our point that Saddam Hussein had these weapons all along, but it
would be a tragic experience. However, if he doesn't use these
weapons, and no weapons are found, our case for invasion is thin.
Meanwhile, our traditional European friends,
France and Germany, are mad at us and we don't care; we're mad at
them. Turkey has gone from being a friend that will let us use
their land for staging (if we pay them enough) to threatening to
invade Iraq themselves. Bush has included $1 billion in his $75
billion war request for "economic aid" to Turkey. So what are we
doing now? Paying them to keep them from invading?
Please know that I support our troops one
hundred percent and hate to say anything for fear of discouraging
them. It's their political leaders I'm concerned about.
I can't imagine what the troops' daily life is
like in the middle of the desert, eating all that terrible food,
little water to drink much less bathe very often, and getting shot
at regularly. They're told to treat locals carefully, locals who
may pull a machine gun from their robes and open fire.
They are so very brave.
Now we have Bush going to Congress to ask for
$75 billion to conduct the war. Wait a minute! What happened to
that 3 TRILLION dollar surplus we used to have. Thank goodness,
our 10 year national nightmare of peace and prosperity are over.