Monday, August 22, 2005

Two Different Perspectives...One Who's Been There; One Who Hasn't

Throught this country, it seems that people either passionately support the war in Iraq or passionately seek its end. Everyone seems to have his or her own perspective on this war and whether US objectives are being met or not. Two such men, US Senator Max Cleland, and President George Bush pointed this out just this weekend. Bush gave his perspective on the progress in Iraq, and Cleland gave his. But, who to believe? Do we believe a man who was in battle, a triple amputee, or do we believe someone who spent most of his military service dodging his duty and never, never seeing battle? Bush's perspective, still trying to make that connection to 9-11 and Iraq, was, "since that day we have taken the fight to the enemy." Cleland, on the other hand, "I learned in Vietnam that the best way to support our troops is to either give them the forces and equipment needed to win or bring them home so we can care for those who have borne the battle." I don't know about you, but I tend to believe someone who has actual experience in any situation before I'll believe someone who just "thinks" about it. Nobody knows what something is really like unless he has actually lived through it. So, sorry Mr. Bush. I have to believe Senator Cleland on this one.

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