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True American Stories: Thomas Young’s Letter

April 21, 2013

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

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.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.


Editorial No. 2: Watching the Debates, Diagnosing the Punters

October 10, 2008

Watching the American 2008 Presidential debates is both interesting and instructive. No, not from the point of view of the actual content of the discussion. There is very little to learn there. You generally shouldn’t expect to hear anything new. The candidates are trying to play to their strengths, which have been known for a long time already, so you are unlikely to hear any genuine problem raised by one of the debate punters. Maybe the only thing to transpire from the debates is that both candidates are very close to each other in their views on almost everything. It’s also true that both know little about how to overcome the current crisis, yet Obama is for some reason generally preferred when it comes to dealing with America’s collapsing economy. No, it’s not for this reason that watching the U.S. Presidential Dumbates is so interesting.

What is really interesting is to watch the two performers themselves. It is both interesting and instructive to listen to how they speak, to watch their rehearsed movements, their phony-forced American smiles or to register their vocal inflections and voice pitch changes. It’s not a waste of time. Far from it. There’s some food for thought to be found if you a trained and careful observer. Especially, as regards the health of the two stars-and-stripes-crazed protagonists of the show.

For all practical purposes there are two aspects of health: corporal and spiritual, physical and mental or that of the body and that of the mind. Now we all know that not everything is all right with the candidates as regards their bodies. Certain bodily functions run better than others. McCain is a physically sick man, there are no surprises here. He’s got many health problems, his case history runs into thousands of pages. But Balmy Barry Obama’s corporal health is far from perfect too. Obama doesn’t look healthy; in fact, he positively looks sickly, he is a recent and maybe still a current smoker. True, he is not debilitatingly overweight like most of his race and status in America yet he doesn’t look healthy, he just doesn’t.

However you are in for a real shock when you come to consider their mental health, or perhaps more to the point, the lack thereof. Especially if you are a trained mental health observer. The performance of the two presidential dumbate punters reveals a lot. Both succumb to pleonasm on many occasions, frequently make paralogical statements, that is, when something is presented as the product of something else when in fact there is no objective logical connection between the two concepts. Their voices sometimes appear louder, sometimes lower. On some occasions Obama confused the presenter with his challenger. Earlier, during their campaign both candidates made assertions which have subsequently been found patently untrue. Both look combative and angry.

Taken in isolation each of these things may not mean much, but taken all together and in the context of the U.S. Presidential Dumbates they are not trifling. And they shouldn’t be for they are advanced symptoms of a serious mental disorder. In terms of mental health, both are so sick that they may be diagnosed just by looking at them on a TV screen. Sadly (and very worryingly) both McCain and Obama are likely suffering from acute paranoid schizophrenia, an unpleasant condition to say the least, especially in someone aspiring to the highest office in the land.

The health of the two challengers to the presidential throne should be a matter for serious and urgent concern. In fact, the problem is so bad that allowing Bush to stay president for the third term is a much better option than electing either of the two sickly and unfunny clowns.

Bush for the third term! He is OK. (reminds me of a certain adult novelty toy… one hole of love is clearly visible… still a good president)

Bush Likes to Fart

September 16, 2008

Bush likes to fart, likes it when others are farting around him but there’s nothing he likes more than to let rip in public, preferably during an official function at the White House or elsewhere.

His farts are so noxious (follow the link above to read more) that it takes only one to clear the Oval Office.

Still, Dubya is my favorite American president and he is by no means the worst American president (as some have suggested (with a few notable exceptions)), and something tells me he is a much better president than his successor is going to be.

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