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Email from Lynne Stamm

>This Sunday CNN is presenting an hour on the Iraq War at 7:00pm and
>then at 8:00pm is a special CNN Presents: Voices from Home which is
>a compilation of interviews with families who have a loved one in
>the military. I was interviewed for the special and will be
>featured. The show should be thought provoking in combination with
>the Iraq War special.

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It'll just be more of the same tired old MSM "fair and balanced" reporting, presenting each side as if both POVs on an illegal war had equal validity and moral justification.

Even if enough Americans finally become sufficiently "enlightened" to turf out the Republicans, so what? The Democrats are the only realistic alternative and I see no hope for salvation in exchanging Tweedledum for Tweedledee.

Dwight David Eisenhower was right when he warned about the military-industrial complex taking over the nation. And so was Huey Long when he said: "Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen."

Unfortunately, I see no prospect of American enlightenment sufficient to support a different restaurant any time in the near future, no matter how many such "thought provoking" chit chats CNN may air.

I think you sound only to happy to trash the military to support your point of view. I too worry about the military industrial complex, as Eisenhower did, but I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the many men and women who have served this country, even at risk of their lives. They are now being sorely misused, but I am glad they are always ready to defend us, and am thankful for their service.

I saw a great bumpersticker. It said:

"Support the Troops - Bring Them Home"

Not all military support the Repuglicans. But it doesn't matter, because their commander in thief has someone standing over them telling what they are to say, and you can bet it all isn't positive.

Even when you look at those officers sitting for Shrub's photo op, you can tell they are not comfortable. They were probably under 'orders' to be there in the first place, although I am also sure that there are some who probably wanted to be there. I am glad CNN is offering an alternative, and still keeping the Iraq debacle 'in the news.'

But in the case of the CNN show, I think it is a start in getting the word out. I only hope they interview some of us military families who oppose this assault on our Nation, in so many different ways. Iraq probably the worst, but many other things as well.

I didn't think my post was "trashing the military" at all except insofar as it mentioned the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned about.

On the other hand, I'll readily admit to not being one of the blind "Support the Troops" bumper sticker crowd. There are plenty of military actions that I definitely do not support. They include, inter alia, deceptive recruitment tactics, dehumanizing indoctrination techniques, illegal wars, napalming and cluster-bombing civilians, murdering and torturing prisoners, raping women, and sodomizing young boys.

If condemning those tactics equates in your mind to "trashing the military", I guess I'll have to plead guilty. I certainly have no intention of endorsing them in exchange for some "patriotism" award.

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