Tomorrow, March 20, will be the Four Year Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Certainly some progress has been made, such as the removal of Saddam Hussein and his klan from power, and the Iraqis held their first ever free elections. We have also experienced major mistakes in planning for post-Saddam Iraq, and the country has been plagued with widespread sectarian violence as many of the citizens would rather enact tribal revenge than cooperate for the betterment of the region.However, despite ones feelings towards the Iraq War, we ALL need to root for our soldiers and country to succeed. Too many people in this country have a vested interest in seeing the U.S. fail in Iraq so they can rub egg in the face of President Bush. Too many editorials have been published by writers who obviously would rather hope the President’s plans fail so that they can say, “I told you so.”That type of attitude is sickening and ANTI-AMERICAN. That’s right, I said it. If you are hoping that this new plan for a troop surge fails just so Bush has to leave in 2008 in complete shame, then you are anti-American and might as well denounce your citizenship.
Obviously, I’m not talking about all liberals/Democrats/anti-war people. I am talking about those on the far-Left, like at Democratic Underground who actually enjoy seeing Bush’s plans in Iraq fail. I’m talking about those on the far-Right like Fred Phelps and his “church” of inbreds who say our soldiers deserve to die because America accepts gays. I am also talking about reporters for newspapers who enjoy “breaking” stories about American tactics of monitoring overseas bank accounts that have ties to terrorism. If you willingly broadcast information that helps alert terrorists to our strategies, you are anti-American.
When you root for Bush’s Iraq policies to fail, you are rooting against our soldiers. Face it, despite our opinions on what should be done in Iraq, the troop surge is going to happen. I don’t believe we need to send more of our men to the front lines for a nation of people who refuse to help themselves. However, 20,000+ troops are being sent anyway; so I am going to hope and pray that this strategy works to perfection. We should all hope that President Bush’s new plan is overwhelmingly successful, for the safety of our troops and the security of our country.
But this brings to light another issue. The recent findings and reporting of treatment (or lack of) at the Walter Reed hospital is a disgrace. The last Americans who should be receiving shoddy medical treatment is those who are fighting in wars and risking their lives to protect us back home. Therefore, I propose three pieces of legislation that should be enacted ASAP:
1. Any member of the U.S. military who fights in a foreign war for our country should be exempt from federal income taxes, at least up to $100,000 per year.
2. Any member of the U.S. military who fights in a foreign war for our country should be granted the same top-notch, government funded healthcare that our fat-cat D.C. legislators receive. Could someone please explain to me why career politicians who are already making over $100k per year should also receive better taxpayer funded healthcare than those members of the military who have actually fought for the U.S.?
3. Any child of a U.S. soldier who is killed while serving in a war for the U.S. is granted a four-year college scholarship to any public, in-state university.
These three proposals are in no way extreme. Our military is all volunteer, and the incentives and/or benefits should be such that our brave soldiers are treated and compensated in the best regard.
U.S. Representatives Dan Boren (D-OK) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) have teamed up to author and push the STOP Act, H.R. 269. This bill would prohibit the use of any soldier or former soldier’s (after 1917) name for commercial use without express consent from that soldier or his or her family. This legislation is a good start, as it provides protection for our soldiers from those who seek to use their names for monetary gain. This law also needs to include language regarding using a soldier’s name for political gain, as well.
However, we also need a member of our Congress to stand up and propose real reform for veterans’ healthcare and benefits, and I believe the point laid out above are suffice and reasonable. Who will take the lead? Boustany? Boren? Poe? Hunter? McCain? Pelosi? Clinton? Kerry?
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