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March 25, 2008

Paralyzed Iraq Vet Responds to Cheney: "We Didn't Volunteer Where You Sent Us to Go"

"We are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm’s way for the rest of us,” Cheney said. In response, Tomas Young, an Iraq war veteran who was paralyzed after being shot in Baghdad said, 'Many of us volunteered with patriotic feelings in our hearts only to see them subverted and bastardized by the administration and sent into the wrong country." Democracy Now! 3-25-08

The establishment has force fed us the phrase "support the troops", the constitution urges us to "pursue happiness" and "speak freely". The administration would have us think speaking freely about our feelings on the war is somehow disrespecting the troops. In reading interviews with presidential candidate Ralph Nader I found a sentiment that mirrors mine and maybe yours as well:

"Support our Troops by Bringing Them Home"

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