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Dying vet writes scathing letter to George Bush and Dick Cheney



A very painfully intense letter. I feel bad for him, although no one forced him to enter the military.

What are your thoughts on this?

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To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

—Tomas Young



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Wooly
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im sorry, but he signed up for it





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He should address this to all the democrats that voted for the war too.
What are your thoughts?






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Toddy
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He should address this to all the democrats that voted for the war too.



Agree completely. I was just about to post that he should call out all the politicians that voted for the war.

It's just so sad knowing how many lives this foolish war ruined. For nothing. Absolutely nothing.






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Malik Agar
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I would love to see Cheney/Bush/anyone else that voted for the war's response.





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SmackoverHawg
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Did they make him quit bathing and look like Charles Manson? Can we verify he served and was honorably discharged?





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I think he is right on but I don't feel badly for him since everything he did was his choice,





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Tiger n Miami AU83
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Letter is interesting and somewhat powerful if legit.

FTR, I supported the Iraqi war, Bush, and Cheney.

Still the letter articulates some things well. So far history has shown the war was likely a mistake and it will likely continue to show the same, esp if things escalate with Iran.






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stormyhog
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He fought so he could have the right to express his beliefs so although I don't agree with all he said, it's his right as an American.

And nice devisive post. I love partisan posters. Like only their side can do right and everything that their side does is right. Both parties are broken and crooked just like the country as a whole






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I would like to see what the letter Christopher Stevens would write to Obama would be like. It would no doubt be more respectful than that garbage.


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Wow. That's pretty intense.





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SmackoverHawg
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would like to see what the letter Christopher Stevens would write to Obama. It would no doubt be more respectful than that garbage.






I was drinking with a vet this past weekend, and what he said about Obama and his administration was far worse than that.






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I think he is right on but I don't feel badly for him since everything he did was his choice






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Toddy
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And nice devisive post. I love partisan posters. Like only their side can do right and everything that their side does is right. Both parties are broken and crooked just like the country as a whole



Stormy, although it was the Bush administration that steered us into Iraq, BOTH Dems and Republicans alike are at fault for this needless war.






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Toddy
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I would like to see what the letter Christopher Stevens would write to Obama would be like. It would no doubt be more respectful than that garbage.



Why is it garbage?






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he is 100% correct but I don't feel anything or give a shite about him since everything he did was his choice,



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I think he is right on but I don't feel badly for him since everything he did was his choice,




Exactly....

and for the record, I am the third generation of my family to serve. It is sad that this person cannot look back and acknowledge that he volunteered, with full knowledge that he could be put "in harm's way" anywhere, at any time. The oath we take is serious, and binding.

To blame politicians is nothing but a "cop out". "Man Up" and recognize that you made the decision to serve...










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We can argue about specific aspects of GWB's WOT, but you cannot counter one fact: GWB kept us from being attacked a 2nd time. In the weeks and months following 9/11 it was widely believed we would suffer regular terrorist attacks. John Kerry as recently as 2004 said so.

That didn't happen. Maybe Iraq was necessary, maybe not. The truth is we don't know.






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im sorry, but he signed up for it

No, he didn't. Nobody signs up to fight in bull shite wars.

He's a patriot who was abused.






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He swore an oath. I feel for him, I really do, but in the end it was his choice.







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