If you haven't yet read Michael Moore's letter to the president I'm including it below. After the letter I would like to discuss a few Items.
But First the letter:
Dear Mr. President,
Thanks for your address to the nation. It's good to know you still want to talk to us after how we behaved in November.
Listen, can I be frank? Sending in 20,000 more troops just ain't gonna do the job. That will only bring the troop level back up to what it was last year. And we were losing the war last year! We've already had over a million troops serve some time in Iraq since 2003. Another few thousand is simply not enough to find those weapons of mass destruction! Er, I mean... bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice! Um, scratch that. Try this -- BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE MIDDLE EAST! YES!!!
You've got to show some courage, dude! You've got to win this one! C'mon, you got Saddam! You hung 'im high! I loved watching the video of that -- just like the old wild west! The bad guy wore black! The hangmen were as crazy as the hangee! Lynch mobs rule!!!
Look, I have to admit I feel very sorry for the predicament you're in. As Ricky Bobby said, "If you're not first, you're last." And you being humiliated in front of the whole world does NONE of us Americans any good.
Sir, listen to me. You have to send in MILLIONS of troops to Iraq, not thousands! The only way to lick this thing now is to flood Iraq with millions of us! I know that you're out of combat-ready soldiers -- so you have to look elsewhere! The only way you are going to beat a nation of 27 million -- Iraq -- is to send in at least 28 million! Here's how it would work:
The first 27 million Americans go in and kill one Iraqi each. That will quickly take care of any insurgency. The other one million of us will stay and rebuild the country. Simple.
Now, I know you're saying, where will I find 28 million Americans to go to Iraq? Here are some suggestions:
1. More than 62,000,000 Americans voted for you in the last election (the one that took place a year and half into a war we already knew we were losing). I am confident that at least a third of them would want to put their body where there vote was and sign up to volunteer. I know many of these people and, while we may disagree politically, I know that they don't believe someone else should have to go and fight their fight for them -- while they hide here in America.
2. Start a "Kill an Iraqi" Meet-Up group in cities across the country. I know this idea is so early-21st century, but I once went to a Lou Dobbs Meet-Up and, I swear, some of the best ideas happen after the third mojito. I'm sure you'll get another five million or so enlistees from this effort.
3. Send over all members of the mainstream media. After all, they were your collaborators in bringing us this war -- and many of them are already trained from having been "embedded!" If that doesn't bring the total to 28 million, then draft all viewers of the FOX News channel.
Mr. Bush, do not give up! Now is not the time to pull your punch! Don't be a weenie by sending in a few over-tired troops. Get your people behind you and YOU lead them in like a true commander in chief! Leave no conservative behind! Full speed ahead!
We promise to write. Go get 'em W!
Okay let's look at this from the different points. First of all you have to remember that everything Mr. Moore does always has that tongue-in-cheek seriousness. He uses a little bit of humor to start the audience on the thinking track. This Is one of the reasons people hate or love him. Because the humor makes it more palatable, some folks don't think he's serious, for that same reason some think he's too serious.
Now, I have always considered myself an Independent thinker leaning more to the liberal. And it's probably because of this that I support Michael Moore's views. He always seems to piss people off but in my opinion, it starts people to talking.
One of the first thing Michael Moore does in this letter is to question the reason we are in Iraq in the first place. I know it's not just him and me that wonder why the hell we are there. After all, we HAVE been given several reasons why. But none are concrete enough. I'm gonna tackle the reason "Weapons of Mass Destruction" later, first let's look at the other 2.
Bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice. hmmm... everytime this thought/justification/reasoning enters my brain for some reason sparks cross through the synapsis in a logic/non-logic overload. It really hurts to try to think around that one. I mean really didn't we determine that Bin Laden was responsible? And didn't we bomb the crap out of Afghanistan for a while? Just over a year ago after several U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, Dubya had this to say, "The only way to avenge the death of these soldiers is to keep fighting in Iraq."
Now, is it just me or is there some sort of odd conflict of data/logic here? I mean really upon hearing this my positronic brain has locked up. The only way to avenge the death is to send more to die? I don't get it, really...where is the logic? My poor relays in my positronic brain have been convulsing ever since we went to Iraq to get Saddam and get back at the terrorists led by Bin Laden who live in Afghanistan. Where is Bin Laden? oh yeah...he's on dialysis somewhere planning bombings all around the globe. Hey did you hear about London getting bombed twice?
Okay enough about that.
Let's talk about the "WMD" aspect. If the current regime, er I mean presidency, had said, "We know he has WMDs because we sold them to him, It would have made things easier to persue. After all we trained him and we gave/sold him the "stuff." Of course then we'd come across as junkies turning in our dealers because they sold us bad heroin.
What about bringing Democracy to the Middle East? Do they want it? Is this the Crusades? Why are we responsible? Isn't Democracy about Choice?
As for the rest of Michael Moore's letter, I just see it as his humorous venting, that grabs your attention and moves along the thought of just getting someone to say stop...this doesn't make sense...why are we still there?
Okay now before I get anyone telling me I'm un-American for voicing my opinion, I want you to know I served 6 years in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist (staring at radars and directing aircraft) The thing is though, when I was in Iran was the bad guys (soon to be again) and Iraq was the good guys. Before Desert Storm in the Early '90s, we worked together with them so the battlegroup I was with could bomb the crap out of Iranian ships, oil platforms and land targets to retaliate the mining of the Persian Gulf. So again I'm confused....the year my enlistment (actually 2nd enlistment) was up we went to war against Iraq. (Desert Storm)
As always I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, I'm just not so sure about the reason.
What do you think?