Sunday, October 29, 2006

What are we doing there?

It isn't a comma but a life that doesn't go on, because of the sadly uncaring political needs of this cretin in chief.

I had another post yesterday which got lost in the ether, but in trying to reconstruct it, I found this article:

A single shot rang out and Staff Sergeant Jonathan Rojas dropped lifelessly into the cramped hull of his armoured car, pitching forward as bright red blood spurted from under his helmet.

His team reacted instantly.

Platoon medics piled in through the 17-tonne Stryker's rear door and one of his men stepped up to replace him in the squad leader's open roof hatch and guide the vehicle out of an east Baghdad slum.

"God damn it. He's hit in the head. He's shot in the f(expletive) head" -- "Roger, roger, gotcha" -- "He's got a pulse, got a pulse" -- "Is he breathing? -- "He's got a gunshot wound to the head. He's got pulse. He's not breathing."

For a fearful moment the crush in the crew compartment seemed like chaos, but Rojas' team was well drilled. Every soldier on board had a job to do as the platoon roared to the nearest US base, fighting to save their sergeant's life.

"He's not breathing" -- "We need to move" -- "Get the ramp up, get the ramp up, get the ramp up" -- "Go, go, go" -- "I need you up on top" -- "I need a weapon" -- "Here, take my weapon. It's got one in the breach, OK?"

"OK. I need immediate f(expletive) dust off at Loyalty, copy?"

Despite the platoon's efforts, it was clear that the hidden sniper had found his mark. Rojas was dead on arrival four kilometres (2.5 miles) away at Camp Loyalty and no longer needed a "dust off," or emergency evacuation by helicopter.

The sergeant, a 27-year-old from the industrial town of Hammond, Indiana, left behind a wife and two pit bull terriers.

Rojas' platoon from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team washed the blood from the floor of their troop transport then gathered to salute his body as it was carried onto a Blackhawk chopper under a blue plastic shroud.

Afterwards, they headed back to the streets to continue their mission.

Then came this one:

Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Iraqi Sunni pilgrims bound for the holy city of Mecca on Sunday, killing at least one person, while U.S. forces said they killed 17 insurgents preparing to ambush American troops.

The pilgrims were about 15 miles from the city of Baqouba when gunmen showered their convoy with machine gunfire, said a spokesman for Diyala province's Public Relations and Information Bureau, who asked not to be named, citing security procedures. Such killing are usually part of Iraq's growing sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

What gives any one, particularly a failure in everything he's ever done, the right to shed lives of our soldiers, or of anyone else?

Cut and run being the accusation, let me just say - when the Congress stands up and says that this war is unjust, uncalled for, and unproductive, it should be over - it is an undeclared war, which is unconstitutional, and it is time to declare victory and leave.

Diane quoted the following from a Malaysian editorial yesterday:

It remains to be seen, however, whether the American public will send a sufficiently strong message to their elected representatives, so that they understand it is no longer the time to talk tough, but rather to bring the boys home.

No one should have to die for a political agenda, and no one should have to die for a slogan. We have enough of death, and we need to regain our sense of real values. These kids should be able to afford to go to college and have health care, not die in foreign lands for the political prostitution at the White House.

from Ruth

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