John Edwards has a virtual postcard at his site that he is encouraging readers to send to their congressional representatives to urge them to pass the funding bill “again and again” until the troops come home. I am just posting the link for now so that you can read it for yourselves. Later I will have some commentary on it. In the meanwhile, anyone who would like to come up with a postcard of their own, have at it.
Update: The picture on the Edwards’ postcard is the one of President Bush giving what has come to be known as the “mission accomplished” speech announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq. Ridicule of the speech has always seemed particularly disgraceful to me because the mission, of deposing Saddam Hussein and taking the city of Baghdad, was accomplished by the men and women of our armed forces. To ridicule that accomplishment is to demean the achievement of them, not just the President. If the opponents of the war in Iraq truly wanted to support the troops, then they would criticize the President for his failures (the way he managed the war, the failure to see how much work lie ahead, heck, they could even ridicule the way he looked in a flight suit if their juvenile inclinations could not be suppressed), but to ridicule and minimize the importance of what was accomplished, is to ridicule and minimize the achievements of our armed forces. The President failed to see that the “Battle of Iraq,” as he called it, was far from over. He also failed to anticipate the capacity of his political opponents to choose political opportunism over victory. In spite of his declaration of victory in Iraq, he did tell the American people there was important and dangerous work yet to be done and that it would take time. Here is an excerpt from that speech:
Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country.
We have difficult work to do in Iraq. We are bringing order to parts of that country that remain dangerous. We are pursuing and finding leaders of the old regime, who will be held to account for their crimes… The transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. Our coalition will stay until our work is done. And then we will leave — and we will leave behind a free Iraq.
Update II: This grunt gets it.
Update III: Evidently, Bush was not the only one who thought the war was over.