The Vietnam Memorial is a symbol to men who refuse to stop, not because of wisdom, but because of ego, the fear of looking weak. “The Wall” was designed to envision a scar on our land to show sacrifices it costs in lives because of American arrogance.
First there were weapons of mass destruction that were not there. Next, direct links to terrorists that didn’t exist, and now freedom, which creates civil war. This president did not want this war to become personal, he wanted it to be about policy, not about people. This is why he forbade photographing of coffins arriving home, number of Iraqis killed or wounded and the number of American soldiers that were maimed for life.
In Vietnam we did not have the lessons of Vietnam to guide us. In Iraq we did have those lessons but an administration that didn’t pay attention to them. Does anyone doubt that the continued prosecution of this war has to do with the personality of the commander in chief? A man who is stubborn and calls it strength, who closes his eyes and calls it vision? When Bush vowed to invade Iraq, the advisers he heeded were those who, like him, had never seen combat. Bush appears merely peevish at being criticized. If Bush would ever visit the Viet Nam Memorial, he would be able to see his reflection in the surface, touch the cold names with his warm fingers then wonder why he is having America’s sons and daughters die to protect the egos of those whose own children are safe at home, again.
It seems that Bush’s stubbornness and arrogance is telling Congress that he will do what he wants in running his American Empire. If we are such a great nation, why are we incapable of learning from our mistakes?
Gary J. Dowell