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The Dying Veteran's Letter to Bush and Cheney

Posted on the 21 March 2013 by Mikeb302000
I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens,along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.
Although I agree with his accusations of former-President Bush and former-Vice-President Cheney, I couldn't help but think there was a bit of self-exoneration in the letter.  After all, HE volunteered for service.  HE allowed the Bush lies to suck HIM in.  HE was the dupe.
This is something that is completely lacking in veterans in general.  Usually, after serving their time, they assign noble motives to their decision to enlist where there really were none. Most joined out of economic need.  Others to get away from family and home town situations, but afterwards they love to pawn themselves off as patriotic heroes.
You can tell this is true because the upper-middle class and the upper class of Americans is almost completely unrepresented in the military.
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