I know you are a very busy man and I’m no one really important in your life. I’m just a voter, a mother of two who has a couple of really great dogs who has lived her life believing in this country and what it stands for. I’m being honest when I say that I didn’t even vote for you. I wanted to believe in you though. I wanted to believe that the change you promised would be good for this country. This country really needs to believe in itself again and I wanted to think that you could do that with your enthusiasm and your passion. The only reason I didn’t vote for you, is because I couldn’t figure out what it was exactly that you wanted to change.
So here I am now, still hoping and wanting to believe in you. And I am seeing on the news once a week for the last three that you still haven’t made up your mind about what you’re going to do in Afghanistan.
I have long since given up on the idea that any war in the middle east is winnable. I believe that ship sailed a long time ago. I am proud of what our troops have done in Iraq and Afghanistan and I believe that they have sacrificed their lives for the sake of their country and the sake of foreign citizens and when I think of their bravery, my heart swells up with pride.
A member of my family from every single generation since the American Revolution has served in the US Military. My grandmother was intensely proud of this, she was even more proud when my cousin became a JAG Lawyer for the army. I don’t talk to my cousin much, but we have very different lives in different parts of the world and even though we don’t see each other, I do respect his choice and I support his decisions and I admire his bravery. My uncle served in Vietnam. My grandfather was an MP in Patton’s army during WWII. My great grandfather served in WWI. I can go on if you’d like… but I guess you probably get the point. The history of military service in my family is long and proud and even though I chose not to enlist, I am proud of my family and its willingness to bleed in the name of America.
This pride extends to every soldier who has volunteered for service. The men and women in Afghanistan right now have so much respect from me, and so much pride and love too… and I am appalled that you are waffling on making a decision that directly affects weather these men and women live or die… for the sake of some political grand standing that will gain you, what exactly?
You’re already the president of the united states? Does it GET any cooler than your job? What more could you possibly need and why should they sacrifice themselves for the sake of that?
I don’t care if you send in reinforcements or pull them out anymore. Just don’t let them bleed for the sake of some stupid agenda. Don’t let them suffer because someone wants you to jockey for some stupid position. Back them up or bring them home, but don’t make them wait anymore Mr. President. Several weeks to make a choice about weather these men and women live or die? Is that even remotely fair? You shouldn’t be talking or even thinking about anything else.
They are dying over there… for you.
They deserve a lot more respect from you than this.
Help them, please.