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Who Are You? And Why Did You Invade Iraq?

In 1971, the rock group The Who released the antiwar anthem Won't Get Fooled Again. To most in my generation, the song conveyed a sense of betrayal by the nation's leaders, who had led our country into a costly and unnecessary war in Vietnam. To those of us who were truly counterculture--who became career members of the military during those rough times--the song conveyed a very different message. To us, its lyrics evoked a feeling that we must never again stand by quietly while those ignorant of and casual about war lead us into another one and then mismanage the conduct of it. Never again, we thought, would our military's senior leaders remain silent as American troops were marched off to an ill-considered engagement. It's 35 years later, and the judgment is in: the Who had it wrong. We have been fooled again. . . .

The cost of flawed leadership continues to be paid in blood. . . .

[A] leader's responsibility is to give voice to those who can't--or don't have the opportunity to--speak. Enlisted members of the armed forces swear their oath to those appointed over them; an officer swears an oath not to a person but to the Constitution. The distinction is important.
Who are you? And why did you invade Iraq? To protect the Constitution or a Corporate charter?

Don't be fooled again.


At Sunday, April 09, 2006, Blogger Lew Scannon said...

"Fool me once, shame on...me. Fool me Can't get fooled again" Sorry, it just needed to be said, especially since the people who tricked us into war with Iraq are now pulling the same stuff with Iran.

At Sunday, April 09, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

yeah, I know. It's a deadly game they're playing. A game where we do the dying.


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