Those who serve or have served in the military know better than anyone the horrible cost of war. That cost is death, physical and psychological injury, and incalculable destruction. As a 10-year veteran of the military, I say that if you believe that the right and moral course for our country is to extricate ourselves from the deepening quagmire in Iraq as soon as possible, then failing to speak up is not only unpatriotic, it is condoning the continued and unwarranted sacrifice of our military personnel.
My goal as an American and as a veteran is to make it clear to our political leaders that, in my opinion, our country was thrust into the Iraq war in haste, fear and miscalculation. This war is not worth the life of Lt (jg) Walsh, any one of his sailors or any other American service personnel. If my efforts to oppose a war that I find unconscionably wrong are demoralizing to Lt (jg) Walsh or any other noble service member of this great country, then, when this war is finally over and, God willing, they are all safe, I'll gladly apologize to them for my strident opposition to this war. However, in my opinion, my opposition to this travesty has not yet been loud enough. To date, there are over 2,000 brave and honorable American service personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and I will never have the opportunity either to apologize to or commiserate with them.
Garland M. Walker