Written December 13, 2006

I am scared for my country.

Most of me believes the backbone of our democracy is stronger than any misguided leader. Today I heard our president in a press conference say “I want to hear from ideas and opinions.” I, for one, can’t remember the last time an idea or an opinion talked to me but then again I’m not the president. I am just an everyday guy who is limited to ideas and opinions expressed by, well, people.

I listened to our president say he had a “fruitful discussion about how to secure our country” with members of the Joint Chiefs, the vice-president (God help us all) and others. The president said our military was “taking the fight” to the enemy.

As I listened to him I felt and thought several things: frustration at the man’s inability to admit a mistake or admit a wrong, as if to do so would be an act of weakness. If admitting a mistake or a wrong is an act of weakness, Mr. President, how come you can’t do it?

I listen to him and I am heartbroken. I am heartbroken for the American men and women who have been killed and wounded and soon will be killed killed and wounded. I am heartbroken for the Iraqi men, women and children who have been killed and wounded and will be killed and wounded. And I am heartbroken for all the families.

I am angry too. We were attacked by Al Qaeda and their leader was and still is Osama bin Laden. When we were attacked we by and large had worldwide support when it came to going after Bin Laden and the Taliban. American people of all political persuasions were joined in their desire to lash back at and bring to justice those who slaughtered 3,000 innocents. But here is the tragic reality of the day; those that killed 3,000 innocents are an afterthought and Iraq is, by any measure, a disaster. We have just had a real bi-partisan report offered to our country by the Iraq Study Group and already I see the president discarding it.

I am scared for my country. My country has a president who wants to hear from ideas and opinions. I wish he wanted to hear from the people. After all, the American people are the ones that deserve to be heard. After all, it is their children that are being killed and wounded.


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