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09/26/2004 Entry: "The Unfeeling President"

E.L. Doctorow speaks out:

I fault this president for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our 21-year-olds who wanted to be what they could be. On the eve of D-Day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear.

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How can this man presume to know whether or not the president mourns for the loss of our troops? Does he need to video tape his prayers for our nation and play them on CNN? Who is he to speak for the "21-year-olds who wanted to be what they could be"? The soldiers in Iraq voluntarily enlisted, they chose to dedicate their lives to protecting our country. He wants you to feel as though they are being dragged out of their high schools and handed a rifle. This is simply not true. However, I am not trying to diminish the loss of any soldier. Most members of the armed forces which I have heard feel that they are accomplishing good things i Iraq(feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken). Last thing: comparing the war to "tribal combat that originated with the Neanderthals"? Are you serious?! I'm sure our troops would love to hear that that is what they have been doing.

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