Dear Mr. Obama

Thanks for reading.


hope said...

Well done. As has been said many times, "Freedom isn't free". I'm grateful someone is willing to stand up. Thanks for sharing.

September 20, 2008 9:12 AM
Matt said...

I've seen this video going around. What a powerful statement. Thanks for posting it.

September 20, 2008 9:41 AM
Juliet said...

i am a republican too even i can't vote here yet.

September 21, 2008 2:10 AM
hope said...

Side note of thanks to Matt U.: now I KNOW who to turn to when the technical side of blog world confounds me. :) I made it harder than it had to be because the picture I used was one I'd taken and cropping it the way I wanted was more difficult than usual.

I will now listen to another ABBA song in penance. :)

September 21, 2008 4:23 PM
The Hawg said...

Seen this one going around for a couple of weeks now. I don't care which side of the political fence one is on, it's refreshing to hear such a straightforward affirmation of faint in the nation's mission in Iraq.

September 21, 2008 7:28 PM
David Lamb said...

Moving. You are very skilled at this and I hope you always keep this blog going.

September 21, 2008 7:45 PM
Beth said...

Thanks for sharing. Yes, Freedom isn't free. My husband has been deployed in the Middle East too . And it's not easy to be away from your love one , especially that they are in a harm's way. All we can do is pray! Pray for our military.

September 21, 2008 8:59 PM
Jennifer Robin said...

My son has spent a good portion of his time in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last several years, and lost many "brothers" to terrorists. Thanks for such an affirming message, even outside of the context of who's going to vote for who.

September 22, 2008 2:16 AM
Anonymous said...

To the guy in this video- yes you are a hero and did what your country asked you to do. And your feelings match about 15 out of every 100 troops, so you are not alone.

But unfortunately we didn't go into Iraq to free the Iraqis. We went in to apparently prevent our imminent destruction at the hands of Saddam's nuclear arsenal. Which now everyone knows was nothing more than smoke and mirrors, and lies.

And we pull out of the country that DID attack us, and have given it back to the Taliban, plus some extra villages they didn't even hold back in 2001.

Your service was not a mistake, it was honorable. But your being there was a horrible, horrible goof. If we had decided to go in to free the Iraqi people, and had a plan to do it then get out, that would be much different. And, it shouldn't have been done until we won in Afghanistan.

At the end of the day, we gave a country that attacked us back to our enemy and in a stronger condition than they were when they originally attacked. And we are in an endless war in a country that not only never attacked us, but never would be able to attack us.

That is a mistake, no matter how someone tries to spin it. I've been in your shoes, and I understand. But it doesn't change the facts, and that is unfortunate, since there are about 20,000 in the condition you are in now, and over 4,000 that will never come home at all.

September 22, 2008 3:27 AM

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