[Marxism] They don't make Democrats the way they used to

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 25 12:12:26 MST 2004

NY Times, December 25, 2004
To the Editor:

I'm for keeping Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense because he is 
against increasing the number of American soldiers in Iraq. Sending more 
soldiers only means more targets for those Iraqis who don't want our army 
occupying their country.

I did not want any Americans to risk their lives in Iraq. We should bring 
home those who are there. So better Mr. Rumsfeld than some eager beaver who 
wants to double our army in the desert as we repeatedly did in the jungle 
to no avail in the 1960's and 70's. We toppled Saddam Hussein; as George 
Aiken, that wonderful old Republican senator, said of an earlier time of 
troubles, Declare victory and come home.

Once we left Vietnam and quit bombing its people, they became friends and 
trading partners. Iraq has been nestled along the Tigris and Euphrates for 
6,000 years. It will be there 6,000 more whether we stay or leave, as 
earlier conquerors learned.

I tried to persuade Santa Claus to bring our troops home for Christmas, but 
he said, "No, Rumsfeld sees light at the end of the tunnel if we hang in 
there and don't listen to old veterans like McGovern."

Is there really a Santa Claus, Virginia? If so, why were 14 soldiers killed 
at lunch after a hard night searching for that light at the end of the tunnel?

George McGovern
Mitchell, S.D., Dec. 22, 2004

The writer was a senator from South Dakota and the 1972 Democratic 
presidential nominee.

Louis Proyect
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