A parent's plea to Congresswoman Herseth
I'm redacting the names in this as was requested of me, but this is a pretty powerful statement to our Congresswoman from the parent of someone who might be "over there" as was sent to her office.
Dear Congresswoman Herseth,
I would like to encourage you to vote against the supplemental funding bill scheduled for this afternoon or tomorrow. On February 16th I asked you not to support the resolution against the troop surge as proposed by President Bush for the following reasons. South Dakota has lost over 20 of our sons in this war against terrorism and to back down now is an admission of failure. Abraham Lincoln stated in his second Gettysburg Address "...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." I still believe this quote applies to the new government of Iraq, a government that for right or wrong we destroyed and now have now replaced with a democratic government elected by the Iraq people. Let us not have our sons and daughters from across this nation die in vain.
Recently a national columnist rationalized that all foreign occupations are doomed to failure using Russia’s pullout from Afghanistan as one example. While I would not have ever supported Russia’s invasion the pullout clearly left a vacuum that allowed the Taliban to take control creating a safe haven for Al Qaeda to sponsor the attacks on the World Trade Center. To pull out of Iraq, without first creating a stable government that is not a threat to its neighbors and capable of protecting itself, will create another launching pad for terrorism abroad.
As I stated in the previous email my son is a Naval Corpsman currently attending Field Medical Service School at Camp Lejeune North Carolina and after completion will be assigned to a field hospital with the 3rd Marine Regiment in Okinawa Japan. I fully expect that at some point in the near future
could be deployed. When or any of our sons or daughters are in harms way they should expect unlimited resources to be made available to insure that they are protected to the fullest extent possible.
I recognize that Speaker Pelosi is asserting Congresses role in the formation of foreign policy. This is an attempt by your leadership to express its will; it is also an opportunity for you as a leader of the “Blue Dog Democrats” to show that you are not blind followers of the Democrat Caucus. I was informed that the Blue Dog Democrats are primarily a fiscal watchdog and was not part of the discussion on foreign policy, as I understand the special appropriation bill it contains over contains Billions of extra spending dollars not related to the Iraq, Afghanistan, or emergency Katrina spending. The wild spending, a desire to hamstring our military and embarrass the President is not reflective of South Dakota or our nation.
Please express your independence and reflect the values of South Dakota and vote in a manner that shows full support for our troops.