Looking back on the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war, many of us can remember the silence in the media before this war started; this was a disservice to those Americans who were willing to stand up and say that they wanted their sons and daughters that are taught to fight to be put in the right fights and the right causes.

These voices were smothered out by the neoconservatives who believed the Bush administration was right to invade Iraq. No real challenge came from the news media against going into Iraq before the attack. In fact, the neocons were given a free hand; and the faint voices that spoke out against the war were kept off the front pages and judged by many as unpatriotic.

For those of us that believe our country went down the wrong path, we have to stand up and not march behind those that are willing to fool themselves. In Vietnam and Iraq, we didn’t buy into the overstated greatness of those causes that many of us looked at as trumped up illusions.

Because of our dissent, the other side has always used patriotism to feed the illusion that we were all in it together. We love this country, and we love our sons and daughters. We don’t want them coming back in body bags, missing limbs and damaged minds, for leaders looking for a selfish legacy and driven by a false ideology.

ALFRED R. WADDELL, West Dennis, Mass.

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dd ric

Remember,Alfred,the majority of Americans bought into the "policing action" in Viet Nam and continued to do so until that NVA tank rolled through the front gates of the U S Embassy in Saigon.Waving Dick Cheney like a flag doesn't make me proud of my fellow Stater,it makes me furious,because he'll never do anything to admit the mistakes,nor will he or Bush volunteer at a local VA hospital. ddric

51 Flathead
51 Flathead

Vietnam was based on lies and so was the Iraq boondoggle that mad Bush,Cheney and their delusional pals rich.For those who have been to war freedom has a taste the protected will never know.


The tragedy of Vietnam was still in our memory when Iraq came to the forefront. We trusted our elite not to make the the same mistake. We were suckers.

Salty Dawg
Salty Dawg

The main difference between Iraq and Vietnam is Iraq,and Afghan vets,are treated as heroes,while Vietnam vets were treated as baby killers and dopers by an ungrateful nation.Travel to other countries and nose around a bit as to what the locals think of Americans and the way they treated Vietnam vets.The people in this country have no shame.

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