Tuesday, January 23, 2007
They Deserve Better
With all the legitimate outrage over the Administration's tactical and strategic bungling of the War in Iraq, and amidst all the horrors and devastation that have been visited on that country as a result, it's easy to lose sight of the countless acts of courage, bravery and generosity that our soldiers carry out every day. Read this story from the Times and you'll see what I mean: American GI's put themselves at enormous risk to save a young girl's life.
Putting aside the obvious usefulness of such a gesture in a counterinsurgency campaign, doesn't it just make you proud to know that four years and God knows how many tours into this quagmire, these young Americans are over there trying to save lives? Doesn't it make your blood boil to read the rest of the article about the civil war they're now refereeing, knowing that their courage and sacrifice are essentially being squandered in the service of an unnecessary and now unwinnable war? For me it does.