I posted previously about the Iraq war assessment from sargents who were there given by Sargents Buddhika Jayamaha, Wesley D. Smith, Jeremy Roebuck, Omar Mora, Edward Sandmeier, Yance T. Gray, and Jeremy A. Murphy.
Now two of those men, Yance T. Gray and Omar Mora, are dead. Mora was a Texan.
Today, Wolf Blitzer asked, House Majority Leader, John Boehner, “the Americans who are killed every month” in Iraq and “how much longer” the “military commitment is going to require?” Boehner responded, “The investment that we’re making today will be a small price if we’re able to stop al Qaeda here,” replied Boehner. As Atrios notes, the “small price” Boehner refers to is “3774 dead US troops and counting.” Watch it:
What a stunningly cavalier statement about the lives of the young men and women who serve our country.
Whether you support or oppose the Bush escalation, no American should ever for even a moment think the cost of war is small.
A single life is a large price to pay for any endeavor. Sometimes, in our national interest, we choose to pay that awful price, but we must always make sure that the policy is worthy of it.
Visit our wounded warriors at Walter Reed hospital and ask whether the price they paid was small. Talk to the mothers, fathers, husbands and wives of those who have been killed and ask them to measure the price of war. Young lives stopped short, children who won’t have a mother or father there as they grow up, when they graduate, when they get married — that loss is many things, but it is not small.
Where is Representative Boehner’s apology? And where is an Iraq policy equal to our soldiers’ tremendous sacrifice?
We thank you for you bravery and for speaking the truth.
Our prayers are with your families
Rick Noriega statement HERE