Was there ever a more arrogant, snide word uttered than that by the Vice
President of the United States when asked how he felt about the fact that
2/3 of the citizens in this country feel that the cost of the Iraq war in
both lives and money was not worth it.
"So....?" he answered, with that shit-eating smirk/sneer on his face.
So what if the vast majority of the citizens feel this is a mistake, we
should not be there, it's not worth it, and want the war to end.
Anybody who has doubts and who wants to experience an infinitesimal piece of
the cost of this war needs to watch Ellen Spiro and Phil Donohue on Bill
Moyers, talking about their movie "Body of War," which tells the story of
Iraq war veteran Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed less than a week
into his tour of duty. Three years in the making, "Body of War" tells the
poignant tale of Young's journey from joining the service after 9/11 to
fight in Afghanistan, to living with devastating wounds after being deployed
to Iraq instead.
I challenge Dick Cheney to watch this film -- or even Moyers' report on it
-- and sneer into the camera.... "so....?"
There's no excuse to miss the show. The hour is played in its entirety here:
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/03212008/watch.html and if you can't
watch it, the transcript is also provided (it obviously lacks the emotional
punch of the video). But I urge everyone who missed the show on TV to watch
it on the Internet.
This weekend, we passed the 4,000 body count of American soldiers killed in
Add to that the thousands of young men and women who have come back broken
in body, in mind, in spirit, never to be whole again. Add to that
their families, whose lives are irrevocably damaged.
Add to that the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, many of
them children, who have
been killed in this war, started with a lie.
Add to that the billions of dollars we pour into this war every week, while
Americans are losing their jobs, their houses, their self respect, their
hope. Add to that those people who will die in this country because
they can't afford health care. Add to that the price of gas, almost
reaching $4.00 a gallon in California this week
Add to that the corruption related to this unjust war that goes unchecked in
Iraq and in this country, the shady dealings that have lined the pockets of
Cheney cronies at the expense of American lives.
Bush doesn't care. Cheney definitely doesn't care. They feel no
responsibility for the country's pain because they know they have us over a
barrel and nobody is going to do a damn thing to make anybody in this
administration accountable for anything.
The country is in pain, Mr. Cheney, because of the actions of your