December 1, 2005

"It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me..."

I was too busy yesterday to even think about the President's speech, but I read it here. It's worth reading, though any RJ reader already knows what going on...

I LOVED the jab at the DNC Times New York Times. The line the President quoted, by Marine Corporal Jeff Starr was the exact same line that the NYT snipped out of Starr's e-mail, in order to produce an effect of gloomy resignation.

I don't think that omission was just the usual bashing of Bush and the Iraq Campaign. Leftys HATE any exposure to the spirit of honor and self-sacrifice that is common in our military today. It makes them uncomfortable, makes them suspect that there's something missing in their reactionary politics and their dedication to security and the Nanny State. And no amount of institutionalized repetition of those tales of civil rights marches in the misty past will cover their current lack of any ideals that they are willing to fight for.

...Before our mission in Iraq is accomplished, there will be tough days ahead. A time of war is a time of sacrifice, and we've lost some very fine men and women in this war on terror. Many of you know comrades and classmates who left our shores to defend freedom and who did not live to make the journey home. We pray for the military families who mourn the loss of loves ones. We hold them in our hearts -- and we honor the memory of every fallen soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine.

One of those fallen heroes is a Marine Corporal named Jeff Starr, who was killed fighting the terrorists in Ramadi earlier this year. After he died, a letter was found on his laptop computer. Here's what he wrote, he said, "[I]f you're reading this, then I've died in Iraq. I don't regret going. Everybody dies, but few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so they can live the way we live. Not [to] have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators_. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark."

There is only one way to honor the sacrifice of Corporal Starr and his fallen comrades -- and that is to take up their mantle, carry on their fight, and complete their mission.

We will take the fight to the terrorists. We will help the Iraqi people lay the foundations of a strong democracy that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself. And by laying the foundations of freedom in Iraq, we will lay the foundation of peace for generations to come...
Posted by John Weidner at December 1, 2005 8:03 AM
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