Megan (meganglo) wrote in dearmrpresident,

Dear George...

George, you aren't exactly my favorite person. In fact, on a list of people in this world that I dislike the most, you'd be in the top ten. But, a lot of people in this country count you as being Commander in Chief and with that comes a responsibility to the troops who aid your cause. Regardless of how I feel about your legitimacy.

Tell me, George. Why is it that you can send us to war, watch us kill and be killed, watch us suffer with the knowledge that said war is bogus, and then not take the time out of your busy schedule to go to one soldier's funeral? Now, I'm just writing this without knowing all of the facts. You simply must have a reasonable explanation for not honoring the dead with this sort of respectful gesture.

But, here's what it looks like from my end, George.

You are one of the only, if not THE only, president who has not attended the burial of a soldier during a time of war. Those other presidents recognized how important it was to honor the sacrifice of the fallen. To grieve with their families. George, they just need to know that you fucking care.

One funeral. That's all you need to attend to acknowledge them. That one gesture.

But, here's what I think. I believe you're afraid. You're too afraid to see the cost of this war with your own eyes. Have you ever looked at the Faces of the Fallen? These are real people, George. We aren't pawns in your little chess game. We aren't weapons of the United States that are expendable.

Go to a funeral, George.
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Very well said. My brother is in the 82nd Airborne Division *ARMY* and saw 2 of his friends killed and a lot injured in his platoon during a roadside bombing. It scared the hell out of me and my family. George Bush has no idea what he has done to my family or myself. I'm sure he doesn't lie awake a night worrying if his little brother is gonna come home at all.
...Horrible. How is he doing now? Do you know when he's coming home?
He's ok. He will be home on Dec. 18th for good.
i heard him and rumsfeld aren't even signing the official death notices, they're using a stamp.

so shady.
Thats sick. =(

That really is...just disgusting.

Do you have a link where I can read up on that?
here's one article

i can't find the other one right now. i'll keep looking, i know i have it somewhere.
Thanks so much!

However, I did find evidence to counter this. Apparently, Bush does write personal letters to grieving families every now and then. I don't know how he decides who to contact, but at least it shows a little effort on his part. Though, I still think that they should personally sign all of the letters.

The responses to the letters he writes himself though, aren't always positive.
Someone very close to me is in the Air Force National Guard. I get this sick knot in my stomach whenever I hear about the government planning to call up more and more military manpower and retaining them longer. It wouldn't help much, but it would still be easier to bear if I didn't know that, if he does go over, it was at the command of people who gave a shit.

Thanks for writing.
The good news is the people who are in immediate command do give a shit. The bad news is they're really as helpless as we lower-enlisted and practically at the bottom of the heap themselves.

I'm pretty low on the list to go back, but with the way things are going over there, that doesn't give me much confidence. I heard that they're going to need to send about 25,000 to 30,000 more troops over there to hold the elections in January. They have to come from somewhere.

I'm not saying this to worry you. It's just something that's on my mind a lot.