by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online
Recently a letter was written and published on the website Secretsofthefed.com purporting to be a letter from a dying veteran Tomas Young. I don’t know if the letter is legitimate, or an attempt to deliberately smear president George Bush and Mr. Dick Cheney. If it is legitimate, it is tragic, if not, shame on the writer who came up with this fiction.
Let’s assume for a moment that the letter is legitimate. Tomas Young makes the claim that he is an Iraqi veteran who has been left paralyzed by the war and lay dying, neglected by the government. He blames Bush and Cheney for the ills that have befallen him and with his last breath writes of his extreme animus for the two former government officials. He writes that he did not sign up for the Army just after 9/11 to fight an unnecessary war in Iraq. He signed up to fight Al-Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan in order to punish those who killed so many on that infamous day.
Mr. Young, I grieve for you. If there were anything I could do for a wounded vet, I would do it. I donate to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and many other veterans’ organizations that help veterans. I know wounded veterans who have made recoveries after their wounds and are doing great. Some are struggling and need our help. We should give it. The VA sucks. Got it. But where our government fails, that is when neighbors should step up to the plate, and have, often. Many have died, and that is a tragic. Many have given the last full measure of devotion to their country. We honor their sacrifice, every one, and we lift up the families of the fallen.
Mr. Young, I am sorry for your predicament. Know this, if there was any way I could lift you out of the horrible situation you are in, I would. But don’t blame your current problems on your government, or its past leaders. You signed the dotted line. You should have known what that entailed. Rest in peace, if you can.
But I do not think Young is a legitimate character. I rather believe he is a fictional character made up by the left to smear a president and his Vice President. It has been tried before and I have no doubt it will be tried again. Some Libertarians glom onto this kind of heart-wrenching letter. They too, blame the Bushes and Cheneys of this world for what they consider an immoral and unnecessary war. Park the black helicopters and conspiracy theories in your mind and face reality. We elected Mr. Bush, twice. Don’t blame him for the outcomes of two wars, blame the electorate who voted for him, the majority.
I doubt this letter because nowhere in it does the writer mention what rank he was, where he served or what unit he was in, nor does it mention where he was or what he was doing when he took his wound. That is significant. Ask any Soldier, sailor, airman or Marine and they will tell you without hesitation where they were, what they were doing and what unit they served in. This letter does none of that, which is why I believe it to be fiction and a smear. I for example can tell you where I served. I was a logistician in the S4 section of First Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, (1BCT/34ID) from 5 September 2006-August 20, 2007. We mobilized out of Camp Shelby Mississippi where the excuse for everything that was broken, shot, non-functioning or just plain couldn’t be provided was, “Ya’ll know there was a hurricane?!” We were extended for the surge of 2006. We did 16 consecutive months in country. Thank you Mr. and Ms. Taxpayer. We lost about a dozen great Americans to IEDs, which were manufactured mainly in Iran. Hundreds more were injured. One young NCO of our unit who lost both legs and walks on artificial legs is a motivational speaker today and is an inspiration to many.
This is the kind of detail a Soldier can recount if the letter is real. But it likely is not real and is a forgery to shift blame for the war in Iraq on the president. No such letter has ever been written to blame current president Obama for all the women and children killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by predator drones. The left loves to ignore those, even though the statistics clearly show that many more were killed that way under Obama than were ever killed under Bush. This is another reason I believe this letter is fiction. It does not have the strength of truth.
Many served in Iraq and Afghanistan with honor and have come home, without too many mental or physical wounds too difficult to over come. Some have died, and that is sad. Some have come home with grievous wounds, mental and physical. Instead of writing hateful letters of blame, why not spend your energy to figure out how to help those people? I think we should. We must.
I remember getting off a plane in Bangor Maine, following my last overseas deployment. A crusty old man in a white shirt, blue slacks and a veteran’s cap greeted me with a handshake. With tears in his eyes he said, “Welcome home young Captain. Glad you made it home o.k. Here is a cell phone. Call your people and let them know you are safe and sound!” The man’s hat clearly marked him as a veteran of the Vietnam War, the not so cold portion of the cold war. Those guys have a reason to gripe, after what they saw and how they were treated after the war. But they don’t gripe, they act, and they show their strength of character by doing something that was not done for them. They welcomed us home as brothers. I love those men and I will not forget them.
I think that the letter written by Mr. Young, if he exists or not, if his plight is real or not, is a ploy of the left to destroy a president’ reputation. It does not take into account the extraordinary work of the veterans who fought in that war, who can take enormous pride in what they have done. We got rid of a brutal dictator who like Adolf Hitler caused so much suffering, for his neighbors and his own people. We destroyed his maniacal sons who raped women and tossed their dead bodies in the lake behind their opulent palaces. We freed a nation and we cleared out a rats nest of terrorists. The war on terror goes on, we are not done yet. Perhaps we won’t be done for decades. Ignoring the treat of extremist Islam is not helpful. Blaming past administrations for perceived wrongs is not helpful. A clear eye towards the threats we face is what is required. And a helping hand extended to those broken by war and to their families is our duty.
Mr. Young, you do not speak for all of us!
Read the entire Young letter here.