Your country needs you

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2004

My wife found a Web site where you can adopt a soldier in Iraq. (www.operationac.com) After filling out the paperwork we were assigned a young man named Gilbert, Gill for short. We just sent him a new pair of desert boots, and other knickknacks soldiers always need. About $200 worth of common everyday stuff, nothing spectacular.

Gill, a 19-year-old Marine, sent pictures in an e-mail thanking us for the package. In them I see a robust young warrior we can all be proud of, with a wry smile and an M16 strapped to his chest. A Cuban American from Miami and a Hurricanes fan, Gill is stationed in a camp two miles from Fallujia, Iraq. For those who don't follow the news, its about the hottest spot to be in a very hostile place. I can't help but worry for him.

I saw on the news that we're sending 130 members of the Alaska National Guard to Iraq this week. I feel like I owe Gill and the rest of them something. About the only thing I can do is speak up. So that's what I'm gonna do. I have never been a member of any political party. It's not possible to be less politically correct than me. This is my opinion, not a party line. Whether it was smart to go to Iraq or not is no longer the point. Our president led us there and damn few voiced opposition before the fact. Now, through mismanagement and lack of planning it's become a mess. To characterize it otherwise is insulting to anyone with half a brain. But still it's an American mess; and we have to clean it up.

Let's start by firing the guy who led us there. Bush had his shot to fight the war on terror and he blew it. If Kerry can't do the job correctly then we fire him too. There has to be someone in America worthy of the job of president. We have to keep looking till we find him, or her. It's time to get off the couch and do something, America. Your country needs you.

For Gill and for all our friends and neighbors serving, we owe our warriors competent leadership. If President Bush won't fire those responsible for the policy failures then we must clean house ourselves. Vote for "Anyone But Bush" on Nov. 2.

Edd Webb

Juneau



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