My nephew, Lance Corporal Lee Morgan, will be deploying to Afghanistan next Friday. This will be his second tour of duty there. Lee will be putting his life on the line, once again, fighting a war described by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) as "an epic failure, a national embarrassment, and a moral blight."
While my nephew is risking his life to fight the war on terror, Ms. Woolsey is exercising her right to polish her moral vitaes (on the backs of others) by blithely passing judgment on what the Obama administration has redefined as merely an "overseas contingency operation." Rep. Woolsey's right, by the way, has been granted her by the blood of Lee's compatriots and all the other brave young men who have died in service to our country.
Spitting on the graves of those who have died in their nation's service is just one of the rights secured to Ms. Woolsey by the blood and sweat of others. A free press is another right. This would be the same press that has maintained a deafening silence about this war ever since it became Obama's war -- the same press that reports Ms. Woolsey's inane pronouncements without offering vital context.
Though Ms. Woolsey makes ten times the money my nephew does, he is the one who does the heavy lifting. He is the one on the front line, braving Taliban bullets and following orders. Ms. Woolsey, on the other hand, spends her time, along with fellow Democrats, improvising insane rules of engagement which make my nephew's job much more dangerous. She is also busy ensuring that terrorists are given the same rights as the Americans they are so intent on killing.
Ms. Woolsey, courtesy of our complaisant media, is given the moral high ground. Lee is given...well, nothing to speak of. Not even the thanks or appreciation his sacrifice and service deserve.
Ms. Woolsey, by virtue of her office, is given the status of "expert." Lee is given the task of ensuring that she has an office.
While Ms. Woolsey fashions catchy soundbites, Lee is engaging in real-life fights. To the death. Lee could be killed. Ms. Woolsey can only be shamed -- or at least she could be if the left hadn't outlawed shame.
While Ms. Woolsey advocates for "love, not war," Lee is tasked with the actual job of facing down Taliban fanatics in their own backyards. Lee won't be making love any time soon. He's too busy protecting the right of idiotic politicians to mouth '60s slogans as they preen in front of cameras, patting themselves on the back for exposing the "moral blight" of all that nasty violence. Ms. Woolsey is evolved. Lee is just a grunt Marine.
Though ignored by the media, over 1,449 of our our soldiers have died in Afghanistan to date. An additional 1,400 marines are now being sent to counter an increasingly aggressive Taliban offensive. This is a Taliban that can only be encouraged by Ms. Woolsey words.
It used to be a crime to offer aid and comfort to the enemy. That was in the days before political correctness, when we were allowed to actually identify our enemies. Now, Ms. Woolsey's words, and the words of her fellow leftists, comfort our enemies -- and encourage them to double their efforts to kill my nephew.
One can disagree on the reasons for our current war -- oops, engagement -- with Afghanistan. But to publicly voice the sentiments Ms. Woolsey has, while we are so engaged, amounts to treason.
Ms. Woolsey would wet her pants and turn tail in terror if she came face-to-face with a Taliban terrorist. Luckily, she has my nephew to ensure that she will never have to face that unpleasant reality.
Ms. Woolsey has the luxury of opining from a safe distance -- a distance afforded her by my nephew's bravery. To her, this "engagement" is cause for embarrassment. It offends her morals. As she did with the Iraq war, she has preordained failure. As happened with the Iraq war, she will once again be proven wrong. And once again, she will not be held to account or embarrassed. Her fellow leftists will likely exercise their rights in order to reelect her to public office.
I don't hate Ms. Woolsey. I have only contempt for her. I'm embarrassed that she is in a position to speak for America. And I feel sorrow for all our fighting men who have to endure the scorn and vitriol of those who have ordered them to lay down their lives for what they have preordained "an epic failure." For shame.