Dedicated to Tomas Young, my dear Uncle -Chief Petty Officer John Ferguson(Retired), Spl. Victor Pagan(Retired) and all the brave men and women who have served, and are currently serving in the U. S. Armed Forces around the world.  To those who have paid the ultimate price and to those who continue to server repetitive tours of duty.  No words can ever express how much we love you and appreciate your  sacrifice....thank you!!!!   
By David A. Franklin, Jr.
Why aren’t the treasonous monsters who are responsible for the failed invasion of Iraq have never been tried, found guilty and put in prison? They must be held accountable for their deliberate lies and the selfishness and greed that have caused death on both sides numbering in the hundreds of thousands and untold suffering to countless of families in Iraq and here at home. America’s bravest (please note that not one in the Bush or Cheney family is numbered among these bravest) who are ‘lucky’ to return home (almost 40,000 from Iraq alone) come back with untold suffering ranging from seemingly simple conditions of generalized body aches and pain, to severe fatigue, memory problems and mood disorders and instability.

PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) rolls off our tongues with such ease that even me myself do not give due consideration or cannot fully appreciate the gravity of this condition which our men and women have to live with and the stress their families and friends have to undergo to be there for them. And all this, because of lies, deceit, greed and the wickedness of a few whom the rest of us trusted to run the country and as an extension, run our lives.

But I put this forward, that even if the laws of the land omit to deal with these individuals, there is a higher power called God, or the Universe whichever you prefer who/that will deal with this injustice and avenge this wrong! Their blood lust
and all for greed for Iraqi oil will eventually get them as karma always gets revenge on the wicked while they are yet alive.

Karma never fails!

Not only have 4,500 Americans soldiers died, but the dead also include up to 3,400 U.S. contractors approximately 11,000 Iraqi police, 318 allied military, and 62 humanitarian workers. An additional 39,926 Americans have been severely injured. America is now experiencing severe bankruptcy with a large contribution of this ‘legacy’ resulting from this war.

Brown University commissioned a study which shows that, since the unjust Iraq War began, the American tax payer has footed the bill and the Federal Government has borrowed a lot to fund this stupid war. It currently stands at $1.7 trillion and this is before adding future care for veterans and interest on war borrowing. Adding anticipated future costs for veterans care, Iraq's share of the $4 trillion spent and obligated for Iraq and AfPak rises to over $2.1
trillion”
. Foreign Policy:  The Iraq War: Ten Years in Ten Numbers - Neta C. Crawford Wednesday, March 20, 2013

There is an excruciating pain in our collective hearts –(at least for the majority of us who do have a heart) to read about the veteran, Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, who wrote a letter chastising both Bush and Cheney on their main/major roles leading up to war with Iraq. What has happened to this young man and the countless of other men and women was avoidable. But, because of falsehoods and outright lies, he awaits and inches towards a horrific death. Can Bush and Cheney for a moment imagine themselves in the position of this young man? See themselves as an insurgent’s AK-47 bullet pierces and shatters their spines to pieces. Tomas Young was only five days into his tour when that unfortunate gunfight happened. Can they picture themselves in this young man’s reality where he has not been able to walk since. He was only 22 years old then. Can you Messers Bush and Cheney imagine the pain and horror he
must have undergone, and still is suffering? No I darn well know you cannot begin to imagine? Neither can I! This soldier is the subject of a 2007 documentary “Body of War” which chronicled his recovery and the Iraq War. Screening the film to the audience, he addressed the crowd. He admitted that he wanted to end his life because of the mental,
physical and psychological pain he is undergoing even to this day. Messers Bush and Cheney do as he pleads – stand up for one minute and apologize and just pretend you are human and that you do have a heart.
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Republicans want to say today that the war in Iraq was to liberate the Iraqi
people from a tyrannical ruler. That is a lie! Republicans said then that the
reason which dictated invasion was that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass
destruction and had to be stopped. That too is a blatant and downright lie! But
then having held these Republicans under the ‘integrity microscope’ since then
we have proven that they are pathological liars! They cannot control themselves when it comes to lying; they are inflicted with the mental disease of lying.
 
 Al Qaeda had no presence in Iraq before the 2003 U.S. invasion.   But a new organization, known as Al Qaeda in Iraq, has since formed and has attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces, and wages regular attacks on Iraqi
civilians. Additionally, by 2013, AQI had spread offshoots and technical know-how to Syria, Jordan, and Libya. If Iraq became a "front" in the war on terrorism, as Jessica Stern, former member of the National Security Council and current fellow at the Hoover Institution, and her co-author Megan McBride, say "it is a front that the United States created."
Facts researched and assembled by some of the 29 contributors to the Costs of War
Project
based at Brown University.

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TOMAS YOUNG - paralyzed from his chest down by snyper's bullet in Iraq...
There is no obvious reason for the invasion but to rob the Iraqi people of their oil, plain and simple. A spade is a spade so let us call it what it is.  As Dick Cheney said in a new documentary “The World According to Dick Cheney”,if he had to do it all over again he would. No hint that he would have approached it in the slightest of different way. And with all the evidence of abject human mental and physical suffering and the extended suffering to the total American population; with unnecessary spending causing and contributing handsomely to poverty in the country this heartless (no pun intended) and evil man shows no remorse?

What is more puzzling is that Barack Obama kept most of the policies in place. The Obama Administration should investigate and prosecute those criminals involved for war crimes against humanity. Sorry to say this because I love my President but I must ask - Are decisions made whether or not to bring to justice deeds such as these based on what could happen to me should I have one misstep and the powers that be at that time come down harshly in
reprisal?

France and Britain attempted nation building after World War II in the Middle East and they failed miserably. Does America think they can do a better job of nation building today post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan and if invasion is encouraged and not vehemently dissuaded post-Iran? So far, the Iraq war has been a colossal and embarrassing failure that turned out to be too costly in human and financial damage.

There ought to be a law that stipulates that members of Congress can only vote to go to war if they have a child enlisted in the Armed Forces. I bet
these war-hungry, power-thirsty, money-worshipers would think twice about voting
to go to war?
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In closing, let us hold the collective feet of members in Congress to the fire. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans must never be so complacent and so willing to believe what they are told.  They should never follow blindly like lost sheep what these “servants of the people” put forward as facts. Right now, had Congress been in a regular business environment, their every action would be micro-managed because they prove they cannot be trusted to think or act logically.  We are smarter than that and we deserve better for a change. The chips are falling into place after ten grueling years of agony over a war that never had to be fought. The only way meaningful change can occur is if people pay attention to how their government works, what politicians do in Washington, D.C. and how they do it and how their actions affect everybody.  We need to get involved in some way in our political process. Let us step out of the zone of being dumbed down and let us wake up. 2014 and 2016 are just around the corner. Let us hope good sense will prevail and Eric Holder’s Justice Department will open the case against George W. Bush and Company. That is the very least we owe the heroes who have died so their deaths would not be in vain. That way, we can honestly say we tried to right a grotesque wrong. Try to show that democracy is real and not some silly story-book fantasy. Let us end all wars and bring home all our troops. With the money we save we can rebuild America and be stronger at home and be respected abroad. Let the flag of freedom and democracy fly high. Investigate and call to answer for the atrocities, injustice and war crimes against humanity by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and everyone responsible for war crimes against the people of Iraq and the unspeakable, incalculable grief brought to our fellow Americans!

"Non sibi sed patriae" .......(Not self but country) - “Semper Fidelis” ...............(Always Faithful) -
“ This (the US) We'll Defend" …….  God bless Tomas Young of Kansas City, Missouri, God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.  
 
      
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