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Patricia Johnson: 6,733 Reasons To Vote

6,733 Reasons To Vote

By Patricia Johnson

877 dead, 5,394 wounded in Iraq for a total of 6,271 casualties in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

130 dead, 332 wounded in and around Afghanistan for a total of 462 casualties in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Add them together and, as of July 9, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, you have 6,733 separate reasons to vote in the 2004 election – for a different party.

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Source: U.S. Department of Defense

It appears that this administration, quite simply pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes in order to get the backing necessary from our congressional leaders to go into Iraq.

Shouldn’t they be held personally responsible for their actions?

Our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are going to suffer the consequences of the actions this administration took by attacking Iraq. Our ‘shock and awe’ campaign has left tens of thousands of Iraqi’s dead or wounded.

If roles were reversed would you forget? If planes from a foreign country came in and bombed San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit or Boston, day in and day out until nothing remained but rubble would you forget when an interim government was put in place?

Would you forget that your mother was killed, your father put in prison and your brother lost his leg? No, you would have daily reminders for the rest of your life and
more than likely, revenge in your heart.

The next 10 years may pass with no further attacks on US soil, but one day we’re going to wake up and find hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens dead due to a terrorist slipping through the cracks with a container filled with deadly chemicals.

The administration of George W. Bush has put this country in the position of having to pay for their rush to judgment, both financially and in number of lives lost for years to come. Why shouldn’t they be prosecuted?

You know the names, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and on and on.

Martha Stewart will probably be giving baking tips to the kitchen staff at the nearest federal penitentiary in the near future for charges stemming from a stock transaction.

Isn’t pushing a country to war a far more serious crime than taking advantage of an insider trading tip?

While Martha’s behind bars, the members of this administration will be reaping the benefits of increased pensions, courtesy of George W. Bush, paid for with your tax dollars.

Where is the justice?


© 2004 Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson is a freelance writer and CEO of Articles and Answers. Visit us online at

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