I joined the weekly Quaker/Episcopalian peace vigil again that takes place from noon to 1PM every Thursday in front of the horrible Federal Building. You should check it out.
There is a wonderful website that's an offshoot of a magazine called "Editor & Publisher." Greg Mitchell, one of their great columnists, decided to reprint a speech from another United States president during another war. Here are the final words:
We will not be defeated. We will not grow tired.
We will not withdraw, either openly or under the cloak of a meaningless agreement.
We hope that peace will come swiftly. But that is in the hands of others besides ourselves. And we must be prepared for a long continued conflict. It will require patience as well as bravery, the will to endure as well as the will to resist.
I wish it were possible to convince others with words of what we now find it necessary to say with guns and planes: Armed hostility is futile. Our resources are equal to the challenge.
Because we fight for values and we fight for principles, rather than territory or colonies, our patience and our determination are unending.
The speaker was none other than LBJ talking about Vietnam in 1965 when we'd only thrown away the lives of 400 soldiers so far. For the complete column (and speech), click here.
Too many leftist commentators have been wringing their hands lately over the fact that we possibly shouldn't leave Iraq suddenly because things will turn into "chaos." The truth is that since we invaded that country two years ago, everything has already been "chaos." When we left Vietnam, there was "chaos," but they managed to figure it out. However, if we had left Vietnam in 1965 instead of 1975, millions of people wouldn't have been murdered, and the land wouldn't have been ravaged by napalm and Agent Orange.
Every day our military stays in Iraq, the worse things will be for everyone. Contact your representative, even if they're sleaze like Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein, and ask them to please get us out.