Hi, Blue NC. I hope everyone is having a great holiday. Today, I posted the following blog entry on MyDD and I wanted to share it with you.
One year ago, I welcomed President Bush to Fort Bragg – located in my home county – with a list of questions that I hoped he would answer about his Administration’s mismanagement of the war in Iraq.
Every question I asked last year has gone unanswered—not to me, but to our men and women he sent into harm’s way and to the American people whose trust he has broken. Read for yourself.
This Independence Day, President Bush is again at Fort Bragg. Once again, it appears that he is just coming for another photo opportunity. He owes our troops much more.
When Bush looks our brave men and women at Fort Bragg in the eyes, he should be able to tell them he has a plan for Iraq and not continued incompetence. Instead of offering his usual empty rhetoric, it is time for the President to provide our soldiers and the American people with a plan that offers benchmarks for success, so we can determine progress on the ground and begin to redeploy our troops.
Stay the course is not a plan. Democrats, America's Generals (including General Casey), and the Iraqis agree it is time to change course in Iraq and begin the phased redeployment of U.S. troops. The American people want accountability, they want oversight, and they want a real plan for Iraq. Faced with new and growing threats around the world that must be addressed, it is time for a new
Odds are, we won’t hear that from the President this Independence Day. We’ll hear the now familiar cry to fight terrorism and support the troops. But, you won’t hear anything about Osama Bin Ladin. You won’t hear anything about the countless new veterans who come home to find that they can’t get adequate healthcare – particularly mental health care – because of under-funding of the Veteran’s Administration. You won’t hear anything about the Democrats’ battle in Washington to increase pay for soldiers and their families, to provide adequate armor, or to beef-up America’s homeland security through better funding of the nation’s first-responders.
Independence Day is a day for us all to reflect on what we stand for as a nation and what it means to be an American. Our armed forces deserve our respect and support. We owe them more than empty rhetoric.
And their Commander in Chief owes them more than another photo op.
Jerry Meek is Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.