.I'm not sure how to start this post or even if this is the right place to post what is bothering me but I want to let you all know how I feel right now.
At 6:10 am this morning we received a call from my sons plt. leader that he had been wounded in action earlier this week in Iraq. We are trying to find out the severity of his wounds and other information from the army as I write this.
But that is not why I write this, it concerns the actions of several senators and Representatives who in the past made statements about the war which affect our solders serving through out the world.
One such is Senator Durbin from my state of Illinois who made a comment about the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay being tortured by us, that they were subjected to the same treatment as those Innocent men, women and children held by Germany and Russia during WW2 and the cold war, or that they are subjected to the type of interrogation techniques our men received at the Hanoi Hilton during Viet Nam. I do not believe for one minuet that that is true, or even close to being true.
When I called the Senators office to voice my opinion I was told I was in the minority of the callers and I should become more informed by going to his web site.
Senator Durbinc Site
After reading all that he had to say on the subject I called his office again and was told that that was his stance and he would not change it. I informed them I had a son over in Iraq and that I felt his statements were giving the people of the Islamic world a untrue picture of the treatment of enemy combatants. And I also thought he should become better informed before he made statements like "Polls show that Muslims have positive attitudes toward American people and our values." he goes on to say that they don't like the American Government. In the next sentence he states they respect our Values again. Maybe he is fighting a different war or talking to different Muslims then the ones trying to kill us.
I asked about the Senators own service record or if he had a son or daughter in the service and was told that was not Germaine to the discussion, which I will assume as negative to any military service or offspring in the service, I may be wrong about this but I believe if it wasn't true they would have said so.
The aid then hung up on me. I called again and as soon as I gave my name the phone was hung up again, I never raised my voice or used a cuss word in my conversation with the aids I know they are not the problem. But I am from the Senators state and I expect to be treated as such. I will be at his next meeting and I will ask him some tough questions
My son has written us about the people of Iraq and how they really do feel grateful to us for helping them He states in many letter how the enemy fighters are from outside of Iraq and many have had military training in other countries and that when they find that the enemy are from Iraq most are criminals
I'm sorry for rambling so I'll quite, I urge you to read the senators statements and judge for yourselves. Maybe I am to close to the subject but I remember how I felt when Kerry lied about us in Nam it did bother us. Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.