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The remembering will go on for lifetimes

long after the acrimony and partisan politics have faded. The legacy of service in Iraq will be a similar pain for many of the same reasons as VietNam. Only now the answers to the questions of why are more transparent, obvious and politically rancid.

Who are our most precious citizens now 30 years later when it comes to talking about military service and what it means to be an American soldier?

Real veterans, not the pretend kind. Among them veterans who have banded together and taken a stand; who've spoken out and continue speaking - who in fact refuse to be silenced; and whose respect this current casual leadership has lost completely.

When precious national blood is sacrificed and reason demands justification, shallow partisan politics seriously wound the fabric of all families in America.

The time to speak out has never been more critical.

Voices ... we are gaining more voices daily ... and it's our time to tell the leadership, regardless of which party, that this tragedy must stop as soon as possible. If we keep it up, we will inspire and draw ever-increasing numbers of voices that will shout with a volume that will make the 2006 election results seem like mere whispers.

Not one more soldier nor Iraqi need die to preserve the lies, but we've learned again and again that it's the lies that kill.

The right side is my side. Disgree and you aren't on the right side, you're on the wrong side.

The notion that I'm right and you are wrong and nothing good will happen until you admit you're wrong and I am right is a winning tactic for debates ... I suppose ... where a referee says, "Yup, that guy with that argument is the smartest."

But if you come to my house and break all my dishes including the ones I had that contained poisonous snakes, the plague and an assortment of vipers dangerous to my house, my neighbor's house and your house, I hardly think your check will help solve our mutual problem.

I may ask you to stay the hell out of my house but I certainly will not tell you to ignore the neighborhood and your responsibility to see that the plague you set loose goes no further.

These kinds of analogies can go on and on but until everyone picks up a shovel and bucket of water, the conflagration continues.

Limiting yourself to the Bush Turd in Iraq doesn't go too far in any wider venue where you and I remain global citizens and not isolationists.

Unless of course we ought to be isolationists and that's probably a whole nuther argument.

Like it or not, there is no further justifiable point in staying because of the now pointless and useless mantra that if we leave chaos will result.

That argument has become the cheapest, most demeaning and diminishing turd regarding the value of every human life in the Middle East. A Presidency, a Party and it's intellectually foppish projects for new centuries - not to mention the parade of presidential wannabes in both parties who attempt to don some sort of wise-statesman cap and gown - have worn this particular fabric so transparently thin as to offer the American electorate nothing but pure intellectual insult.

We need the courage to pull out and let the chips fall where they may. We as a nation are now in Iraq like drunk wife-beatters too stupid to know that the best thing is to stop trying to make it right and get the hell out.

The whole damn pottery barn is full of nothing but bloody shards and we - as demanded by the tavern-talking Dumbass-in-Chief - have brought it all on ourselves.

Arthur Ruger 2007

Arthur & Lietta Ruger 2002-2008. The American Choice is a  political internet journal based in Bay Center, Washington. The views expressed not authored by Arthur or Lietta Ruger are the writers' own and do not necessarily reflect those of The American Choice or SwanDeer Productions. Permission of author required for reprinting original material, and only requests for reprinting a specific item are considered.