Friday, May 18, 2007

Edwards' Insensitive Move

Edwards' Insensitive Move
By Joe Conason

On Memorial Day, hundreds and perhaps thousands of Americans will take a break from barbecuing, tanning and shopping to express their opposition to the war in Iraq.


At the urging of John Edwards, whose presidential campaign has set up a special Web site dedicated to his new antiwar initiative, they will say prayers, light candles, speak up at family picnics, send cookies to soldiers and write letters to members of Congress and the White House, aiming to prove that you can oppose the war and still support the troops.

And some of them, as the Democratic presidential candidate also suggests, will stage antiwar demonstrations and hold up signs at holiday parades--an act certain to infuriate many veterans, embarrass others and delight the Republican right.

When Edwards publicly announced his new antiwar initiative on May 12, he rightly argued that it is every American's patriotic duty to force the government to end the war.

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http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2007/05/18/edwards_protest/

15 Comments:

Anonymous z said...

I'm hoping someone in MY family starts supporting this Edwards move, BELIEVE me. Of course, they won't, but...

LIke a guy on Dennis Miller's radio show said "Dennis, I have family who wants to watch Katie Couric on the CBS news and I'd rather have a vasectomy and JOB home!" I'm glad I don't have anybody in my family that dumb.

Somebody, please remind Edwards that nobody in his right mind, in the history of MAN, has given an enemy a departure time from a battlefield. WHat are these people thinking? What's the political gain for them?...an America so dumbed down by the constant CNN/network news anti-war harangues that they've actually lost their senses?

Who wouldn't like to leave, Mr. Edwards? You think conservatives LOVE being at WAR seeing our kids killed in battles where our left has intimidated our soldiers so badly that ONE collateral damage would be reported by embeds from Dubai to Albania so they're afraid of taking off the gloves and are getting killed in the bargain?

I hate these people who don't understand, God forgive me.

7:35 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I struggle, too, with that, ZinLA--especially now that I've joined a prayer group and really found some spirituality...

I hate them, too, and I regularly ask God to forgive me for it. They are going to bring America down and a new George Washington is going to have to restore it.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

edwards is such a complete ass. here, he's not even being clever he's so slick....

9:05 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

I have to admit. Edwards idea for Memorial Day is a very, very bad idea.
I admire his Iraq war stance but this manifestation is just wrong headed.

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Z, about the departure date from the battlefield.
What do you think would happen if both sides in the civil war, just laid low for a couple of months. Say there was no car bombs, no IEDs etc. Do you think Bush would declare victory and leave?

4:44 AM  
Anonymous z said...

Hi, les,

If Bush did that it would be wrong and against what he's said; He insists that it's training their soldiers to take over, not that we're leaving if things look calmer with the end of bombing soukhs and our soldiers.

There will BE no end to bombings in Iraq, EVER, in my opinion...or at least not until the government finally agrees and both religious sides can come to some agreement and the insurgents leave. This is about EGO, they're a special breed there, and it's PRIDE and POWER that counts, not much else. Everyone wants to be king.

Once we have THEIR guys trained to take over, THEN we're gone....not because things have stopped happening there, because that won't happen. If we leave now, though, it's my thought that those bombings will start to happen here with more and more frequency and much more damage (don't forget, the islamo terrorists don't have 'collateral damage' in their lexicon because their stock and trade IS collateral damage.

thanks...z

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Z,
Good points, all well made. Thanks for your view.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous z said...

you know, les....I like to think all of us aren't as far apart as we think we are. I appreciate (if you're not being sarcastic and pulling my leg here) your post and hope we can talk again without arguing (too much)... I try not to insult, but I get SO tired of hearing the same old anti everything junk from some people.

thanks, z

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Z,
No sarcasm and I am not pulling your leg. I will always concede a point well made. I agree with you 100%, there are things we all agree on. Immigration for one. The war on terror is another. We tend to part ways with Iraq and Bush, but I think finding common ground occasionally is a good touch stone for future conversations.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Les, how do you figure we agree on the war on terror? You Dims just want to cut and run - and your nonsense about Bush is not to be believed....

12:17 PM  
Anonymous z said...

I really blew the line from Dennis MIller..Sorry! It's "had a vasectomy and JOG home"....bummer.

les, yes...common ground's a good thing. But, I believe the war IS part of the war on terror.....

Didn't make me feel warm and fuzzy towards Chertoff, by the way, when I read that he thinks "Ted Kennedy is a MARVELOUS man" over this incredible amnesty bill. Homeland Security's chief thinks THIS is a good plan?

HELP!!!!

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Les Ismore said...

Bobcat,
Iraq was not part of the war on terror. Sorry, but this was an ill advised, poorly planned, incompetantly executed idea. History will eventually tell the tale of why we went in there. I hope I live to see the day when we know the real reason.

Iraq is a mess for sure. We won the war several years ago. Now we are sitting in the middle of a civil war. We need to get out and concentrate on Afghanistan and weeding out Al Qaeda in Pakistan. General Petraeus himself said at most, 7% of the fighting is by foreign terrorists. President Cheney wants you to think that we are fighting the worlds terrorist in Iraq...We arent. No one believes that except you and a small percentage of the Faux News audience. Cheney doesnt even believe it but he needs to make sure YOU believe it.

President Cheney also wants you to believe that the enemy is wiley and smart. But not smart enough to figure out that they dont have to wait till we leave Iraq to follow us here. We can keep them out of the US and they arent waiting for us to pull out to follow us home, the Puppy Dog theory.

Yes, terrorist will always try to harm us and we need to be diligent at home and abroad with our interests. And for sure, some of the terrorists are here already, both foreign and domestic. But Iraq is not the answer. It was a distraction that cost us nearly 3500 of our finest young men and women.

5:28 AM  
Anonymous teller said...

Les, utter B.S. You dems would never take action in the face of a threat. Iraq is the front line of the war on terror which 911 certainly was part of. You are clueless, man.

2:38 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

LIM--I have asked you not to insult my long-time friends and posters...

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But of course, we can insult you at will Les.
- Boxer

4:14 PM  

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