In response to the letter by David Duncan, spc, of Kodiak, it is clear he missed some subtle points of my My Turn of July 26.
However, I would like to clarify that my letter is not intended to reduce the morale of anyone. However, I don't think it's a secret to any soldier in Iraq that most Americans now think we made a mistake. To boost morale for all of us, I would like to see a presidential election that is not stolen from the people. I would like to see our valued men and women in the military only leaving their families to risk their lives when absolutely necessary, not under false pretenses for the greed of corporations. I am thankful to the men and women of the military, which is why I mentioned in my letter the sad fact that Bush has been cutting veterans' benefits. However, the assumption that the presence of our troops in Iraq is really making us safer in our beds at night is a dubious one, and my fear is that it might actually have the opposite effect.
In a democracy, soldiers follow orders, but citizens question authority and think critically. I'm doing my job, and you're doing yours as we both see fit. Thank you to all the soldiers whom we put into harm's way. May they all come home quickly to live their own lives in peace.