Here’s something you’ll never hear from any pundit, news reporter, or politician this Memorial Day: an apology.
To all the soldiers who have been maimed and killed in the wars of the Bush-Cheney regime:
I’m sorry I didn’t do more to voice my opposition when it mattered.
I’m sorry I have kept paying for the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan with my tax dollars, without doing more to ensure that you had all the equipment and training you needed to stay alive. I’m sorry I didn’t do more to prevent all the money spent so far from being written in the form of blank checks to Halliburton and other war profiteers.
I’m sorry for all the pain, suffering, and death you’ve had to endure.
I’m sorry you were sent in without a clear mission, without an objective, and without constraints on your behavior so you could avoid being put in the position of committing war crimes on the orders of your inferiors in Washington.
I’m sorry some of you were allowed to be in the military, when your recruiters and training instructors knew you had little or no moral compass, when they knew you might gladly mistreat prisoners at places such as Abu Ghraib and Gitmo. The actions carried out by these disgraces to their uniforms have tarnished the reputation of the military as a whole.
I’m sorry many of you who were maimed — mentally, physically, or both — were tricked out of your health care benefits by a Pentagon so greedy for money that it decided it could get away with fraudulently listing your conditions as pre-existing.
I’m sorry I didn’t make a bigger, louder, and more effective effort to call for the impeachment, prosecution, and conviction of those whose lies sent you into the hell of Iraq and Afghanistan with no way out.
To the people of Iraq:
I’m sorry for everything you’ve had to endure.