Mr. Bush: Where is your family in wartime?
As the situation in Iraq continues to spiral out of control and American casualties mount, I find myself wondering whether the three men most responsible for the war--President Bush, Vice-President Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld--have any personal and intimate stake in the war. Do any of them have children or other close relatives directly exposed to the dangers created by our presence in Iraq?
I doubt very much whether Bush and Cheney, both of whom managed to avoid Vietnam, have any close kin folk in Iraq. I'm sure that if Bush did have close family members serving in the armed forces, the White House publicity department would have made it very well known.
As recruitment and reenlistments decline and personnel shortages hamper military operations, one would think that this would be an opportune time for our "war President," as he likes to call himself, to encourage his two daughters and his horde of adult nephews and nieces to step up and serve their country. Perhaps only then could Mr. Bush appreciate and share the apprehension that plagues the families of our young men and women stationed in Iraq.
A personal note: My wife and I now have a grand-nephew in the Air Force, a grand-niece in the Coast Guard, and a grand-nephew who was recently in training to become a Navy SEAL.