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Happy Thanksgiving

By Remy Benoit

It is 32 here in the Southland this morning, clear and, for us, disturbingly, breathtakingly, dry. The turkey is in the oven and early light is just beginning to creep through the limbs of the Live Oaks outside my window.

This article leads the news from CNN here this morning. Top Marine: Troops under too much strain. I am hearing people say that our soldiers are fighting this war, not the rest of us; and, that they are feeling that.

There is a question floating around this morning - is Mr. Cheney in Iraq to visit with the troops? Cheney in Iraq for Thanksgiving. Mr. Cheney who was too busy with other things for service in Vietnam.

For Iraqis, like for our troops, October and November have not been good months. From the AP and MSNBC U.N.: 3,709 Iraqis slain in Oct.; highest toll yet
Officials blame growing armed militias, rampant torture for ‘grim picture’.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Amy Goodman, and Common Dreams, this observation Rumsfeld and a Mountain of Misery.

From Tom Hayden, the Huffington Post, and Commn Dreams U.S. Retreat from Iraq? The Secret Story. these observations.

From The New York Times, Maureen Dowd, and Truthout Lost in the Desert.

From and Joseph Kinney Perle's Revisionist History.

So, it doesn't really matter if Mr. Cheney is having supper with the troops. What matters is that when we send soldiers to fight we supply them adequately; we care for them when they come home; and we never, ever send them without an exit plan.

The turkey is cooking, the dryer is turning, it is quiet, pleasant, warm in the house because so many have fought so long for our freedoms. It is up to us to protect them, and to be there for the active combatants who fight for them, both during combat and when they come home.

At table tonight, remember them in your prayers; tomorrow, call your Congressman and Senators; call the White House, and demand that our troops get what they need - during and after war.

Miz' Remy


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