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By Remy Benoit

From CNN where the "Quick Poll" reads that 86% of the respondents concur with the retired Generals Another general joins ranks opposing Rumsfeld.

From CNN General: No coordinated anti-Rumsfeld drive Batiste calls defense secretary "arrogant, abusive".

From CNN Bush: Rumsfeld 'exactly what is needed.

From the AP and MSNBC Two Marines killed, 22 hurt in Iraq fighting.

From MSNBC and Jim Maceda Inside terrorÂ’s forgotten war in Afghanistan.

From the New Jersey Star Ledger and John Farmer and Common Dreams Bush's Band of War-Happy Simpletons.

From Fox News Readers Commenting Rumsfeld Resignation?.

From The Nation, John Nichols, and Common Dreams Talking Sense On Iran.

From The Washington Post, Spencer S. Hsu, and MSNBC Audits cite massive waste in Katrina recovery
Price tag for federal blunders may top $1 billion, reports find.

I have heard through all of these things, "I take responsibility."

What exactly does that mean?

If the breach point in the levee was known to be weak for over 20 years ago, and so many lives were lost, and homes and lives destroyed, what does taking responsibility mean?

If there were no WMD's and there are 2,575 Coalition Soldiers KIA, 17,469 U.S. Trooops WIA, and many thousands of Iraqi dead, what does taking responsibility mean?

Where in the equation of 'taking responsibility' do we find compassion/recompense for lives and homes and dreams lost?

We need that answer, and many, many more.

But, know what?

Questions that are not asked, never get answered.

Start asking.

To those of you in Iowa who suffered the terror of tornadoes last night, our prayers are with you. Pull together with your family, friends, and neighbors. You will make it through this.

For those of you who have been through so many things, there is help at PTSD Alliance.


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