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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A Soldier's Perspective

My old pal, Desert Rat, managed to track down the lovely soldier in the pic I posted over the weekend. She's a "for real soldier" serving in Kosovo. She posted her thoughts about the current political mood and her reactions to it today. While the non-sense going on in Washington seems to have it's effect, she for one has not changed her mind about the course we are on nor the person leading us.

Her site is worth a visit. In fact, it's worth several visits. I'm sure she appreciates hearing from us civie slugs with a word of encouragement. So, drop her a line or a comment!


Her words speak for themselves, so here they are:

The Current Opinion Column on Politics


So, I've mentioned a few times that I've been out of the loop on current events, don't really know what's going on back in the states half the time, and really am not feeling the effects of cost of living or what not back home, as I don't pay insurance or gas or any other living expenses while in Kosovo.However, I do find myself subject to the news and every so often you hear something about an opinion poll on politics or what
not, and I hear things about how much the government hates black people on account of Katrina, and in fact when I was in Europe, I ran into some New Orleans refugees who were telling me that it wasn't as bad as the news made it out to be. In fact, their neighborhoods had survived just fine.

So when i'm getting substandard reports and hearing all of these statistics about approval ratings or what not, I just sigh and shake my head.

I guess I'll feel the brunt of the force when I get back home.But what's really funny about it all is how it all seems to come back to Bush. Everything is Bush's fault, as if the government is responsible for every aspect of our lives and can control the weather. I laugh at this. So, with Bush's approval ratings at an all time low, do I have any regrets at giving him my vote? Of course not. For one, though perhaps Bush will not be remembered as one of our greatest presidents and has in fact made some mistakes in his presidency, I will never know if the alternative would have done better in the same circumstances, he very well could have done even worse.

Could he have done better?

Perhaps, but the thing is we will never know.

Though I wish Bush would have responded sooner to the Cindy Sheehan crowd with something along the lines of this. I was getting a bit dissapointed in him for not standing up and taking the heat sooner. Because frankly I was getting sick of the 'Bush Lied' mantra myself,
with all the high power libs jumping on the bandwagon and pointing fingers at everyone else other then themselves and not taking responsibility for the fact that they did in fact vote to go to war. That was their decision. If they are looking at it as being 'misled', suggesting that they didn't wouldn't have made the vote if they had known, then they have no business being under public office, as we're paying them the big bucks to make those tough choices. If they are just going to go under the policy of Hindsight, then I can't trust them to make an honest judgement if they have no foresight.

Besides, if you want somebody to blame, you'll have to blame the American people for electing these officials. And if you think you have to blame somebody about voting for Bush, you can blame me, as I still have no regrets over my choice. I don't believe Kerry would have done a better job.


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