Triumphant And Tragic

The Iraq war is over.  In truth it has been for a while, the last of the combat troops came home a fairly long time ago, over a year ago as I recall, as of last June there were no longer combat troops there, but now we no longer have a presence there.

A beautiful day, but a somber one.  Nearly 4,500 dead, over 32,000 wounded on our side of the war, estimates of up to 150,000 Iraqi civilians dead.   2 nations damaged by political intrigue and ugly partisanship and the financial costs of the war.  America scarred, as now we are a security state, rather than a democratic one. More interested in security than freedom, more interested in the concept homeland than home and hearth, and if you think there is no difference between the two, you need to learn english.


We should salute these fine brave American warriors as they come home.  We should hold those who sent these fine young Americans into combat accountable for the deaths, wounds, and other damage inflicted.

There was no WMD, and we knew that even back then.  Congress ignored it, though they knew about Hans Blix and his Unmovic reports.

This war was improper in all ways, the only good thing we get out of it is getting these Americans out.  We never should have been there.  We should always support the troops though, they didn’t ask to go, they went, fought, and thousands died. Their courage and strength cannot be questioned.  They went through hell for politics, and because Presidents have the power to order men into combat to die.

The constitution says only congress has that power.  But this war was orchestrated by the Bush White House, and as a consequence, should we not do something about that?  Make it harder for any administration to create an atmosphere where they can push for a war they want? There must be some way.


The term “We will pay the price but we will not count the cost.” was seemingly created for the fighters in Iraq.  They are evidence that America still has much greatness in it.  We leave Iraq with heads held high.

That we were there at all is a tragedy, that we are leaving a triumph of sense.  We are Americans, we aren’t supposed to start wars, yet we started this one.  Twas foolishness, and frankly I’m glad to see the back of it.

Let us welcome home our warriors with open arms, and the deepest of gratitude for the sacrifices they made.  The reason they were there don’t matter as much now as the simple fact that they are now coming home.

God Bless America.


Pic of the day: Abraham Lincoln


But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg address


Viddy of the day:  Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.


That’s it from here, America.  G’night.


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