Saturday, July 14, 2007

When you lose the heartland, you...well, you lose:
The town, by all accounts, once gave Bush the benefit of the doubt for a war he said would make America safer and a mission he said was accomplished four years before Behrle died. But funeral by funeral, faith in the president and his project to remake Iraq is ebbing away.

Deep into a battle with no visible end, many Republican and Democratic voters here say the cause is no longer clear, the war no longer seems winnable and the costs are too high. [...]

...small towns in the heartland and the South have provided the Bush administration with some of its most steadfast backers. But that support has cracked amid the echoes of graveside bagpipes and 21-gun salutes, which have been heard with greater frequency in recent months in small Midwestern communities. [...]

Like so many Tipton residents who saw the war delivered like an unwelcome package when the cortege passed, Pelzer realized that it took her son's death for her to focus on the war.

"I don't know that you can win," she said of the chances of victory in Iraq. "But if you can't accomplish what you need to accomplish, get them out of there. There's been enough. One is too many."

It goes without saying that we feel for anyone who has lost a son or daughter because of Bush's illegal disastrous invasion. It's too bad that it takes the death of a loved one to open their eyes enough to see that "one is too many"?


At 5:53 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Revelations shouldn't necessarily have to be a result of a personal tragedy.

This change of heart is good, but it took too long and the recalcitrant "loyal" Republicans are too oblivious to do anything anyway.

At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all the Cindy Sheehans out there, our hearts go out to you.

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

I don't understand how anyone in their right mind thought that this war was going to be a cake walk.

It's not just our soldiers. On another blog there was two pictures of Iraqi children. One was dead (a girl about 3 years old that looked just like my granddaughter) and another one that was next to her dead parent and crying (she looked about the age of my second granddaughter). Those pictures will haunt me forever. Too much death and we still have 25-30% of Americans who think we belong there. Sickening!


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