Kennedy on the War

I was in the changing room at the gym last night and saw Congressman Patrick Kennedy on the news, shouting and waving his arms. A woman watching the TV muttered in disgust.

Congressman Kennedy is disliked by many and has given his opponents more than enough ammunition during his tenure. He’ll be ridiculed for losing his cool this time.

But look at where we are, almost nine years after September 11. We were lied into invading Iraq. We were expecting a quick war with few casualties. We are slowly drawing our troops out, hoping the country can hold together. We invaded Afghanistan without a clear plan, and our President wants to escalate the war, Congressman Langevin wants to send more drones.

This is a terrible price to pay for our soldiers, for the Afghan people, for our economy as we cut essential services to pay for war.

I don’t know how the war will play out, but Congressman Kennedy was making sense–

“There’s two press people in this gallery,” Kennedy yelled during a debate over an anti-war resolution. “We’re talking about Eric Massa 24-7 on the TV, we’re talking about war and peace, $3 billion, 1,000 lives and no press? No press.”

“You want to know why the American public is fit?” he continued. “They’re fit because they’re not seeing their Congress do the work that they’re sent to do. It’s because the press, the press of the United States is not covering the most significant issue of national importance and that’s the laying of lives down in the nation for the service of our country. It’s despicable, the national press corps right now.”

Remember Pat Tillman? Remember Jessica Lynch? Remember when we counted the cost? Now the war smolders in the background while ‘experts’ speculate on who we should invade next.

It truly is a problem from hell, and I don’t know the answer. But before they pile on Congressman Kennedy I want to say he’s right to call out the press, and the public, for wasting time on gossip while our troops are at war.

5 thoughts on “Kennedy on the War

  1. Mr. Kennedy was of course correct, and whether he was overly emotional or not is a different matter. Never someone who has admired the Kenendy history from the corrupt creator of the clan, Joseph Senior to the tawdry and sadly falwed life of the only President that emerged from the clan, to the bizarre behavior of the rest, this young Kennedy, himself facing inner turmoil, did well. And he did it loudly. It is one thing to not agree with the involvement of this nation in so many terrible dustbins of history as Afghanistan or Somalia, it is another to neglect the American kids to fight and die there. This is now very much Mr. Obama’s war and the war he said really mattered. If there is a chasm of leadership or dedication it is the chasm of Mr. Obama’s creation and it is his absolute failure of leadership and capability that has us mired there. Iraq has after all is said and done, been a great success in Middle Eastern terms. An Arab Islamic nation actually has free elections; a sadistic killer and his equally evil government are faded memories; women can vote and go to school; the Kurds are not being murdered; and American forces are leaving a victory never seen before in the region.

    Young Mr. Kennedy was correct, and a bit of righteous noise in Congress is long overdue. He highlights how much we owe this generation of American kids who risk their lives every day.

  2. I agree with the above posts, and the widespread attention to, and criticism of, Patrick Kennedy’s style and emotion in making his speech speaks directly to the point the Congressman was making – namely too much attention to fringe concerns at the expense of serious discussion of war policy that leads to so much loss of lfe, loss of resources, financial and otherwise.

  3. The press is right where there owners want them, distracting us with trivia,while thousands and thousands of people die. Yes Afghans and Iraqi’s are people too. Our soldiers are becoming the next ruined generation,who will come back and fill the ranks of the crazy and homeless because they were sent on an insane mission with no purpose except to assure a the pipeline in Afghanistan and private ownership of oil (and everything else ) in Iran.

  4. May I ask a question of Mr Wolberg?

    Now, it’s Obama’s war, and you’re going to hold him accountable.

    May I ask where you were 6 or 7 years ago, when Mr Bush lied and cheated his way into this war? Where have you been for the last 6 or 7 years, as Bush and the Repbublican Regime continued to dig us deeper and deeper into the morass?

    And now you’re going to hold Obama accountable?

    Please. You had your chance. You sided with the true villain of this disaster, keeping silent all those years. And now, a year later, you are going to hold Obama responsible?

    I’m sorry. That’s just wrong.

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