Memorial Day Apology
From Midwestern Progressive:
"Dear American Armed Forces Personnel: On this Memorial Day, 2006, on behalf of a grateful nation, I thank you for your service. The good and hard work that you and your fellow soldiers are doing on behalf of America’s citizens is deeply appreciated. For your service you’ve earned the gratitude of all our citizens.
At the same time, I apologize to you on behalf of our citizens, for being asked to serve in some less-than-optimal situations. None of you should have been asked to fight in Iraq without the full support of the Bush administration. Because the administration sent you to fight but failed to provide adequate troops and equipment, I apologize to you. Because the administration asked you to deploy without adequate preparation on their part, for the aftermath of your inevitable victory, I apologize to you. Because the administration continues to ask you to fight, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, while simultaneously cutting veterans’ benefits here at home, to fund tax cuts for already-wealthy Americans, I apologize to you. Because the administration asks you to continue to fight while chanting the mantra "stay the course" and offering no further help to you, I apologize to you."