New IL 8th District Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth sent me an email celebrating the Pentagon announcement that women can fully serve in combat alongside men. While against discrimination of any sort I take issue with her statement, "America’s daughters are just as capable of defending liberty as her sons."
This was my response to Congresswoman Duckworth:
Tammy, it's not great news when women can defile the countries of the Middle East just as much as the men. Tammy, you fought in a criminal war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and sent millions scurrying for safety. 4,488 GI's were killed and hundreds of thousands wounded, injured or mentally broken by this monstrous war crime. Don't you feel at least a twinge of guilt for participating in that atrocity? Now that you're in Congress how about dedicating your term to stopping the rush to war against Iran. How about demanding an investigation into the war crimes of the Bush Administration, including the ringleaders in crime: George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice. Remember Tammy, the guys and now gals fighting our criminal wars are not defending our liberty. They are defending the power and greed of the war party. Stop being their enabler. Start fighting for peace and justice. That, Tammy, would be the best service you could possibly provide your country and your constituents. Its time to stop trading on your participation in a war that has left Iraq a broken, miserable, bleeding, poisoned, rotting hulk of a once proud country. It's time to step up to replace one of the three prominent anti war Congressmen who left us this year: Lynn Woolsey (Dem, CA), Dennis Kucinich (Dem, OH) and Ron Paul (Rep, TX). Lynn Woolsey, for example, gave 444 speeches against these monstrous wars during the last decade, most to an empty House, and most ignored by the war loving mainstream media. That Congresswoman, is a record to emulate. The war party hated her for good reason. She held up a mirror to their evil war mongering. We need more women like Lynn Woolsey, and hopefully Tammy Duckworth fighting for peace instead of waging war.
Congresswoman, you can never really undue all the damage you helped perpetuate in Iraq. But as a member of Congress you can begin to try.