An Open Letter to Dennis Miller
I listen to your radio show most days, and heard your Vincent Bugliosi interview yesterday. I’ll give you that Bugliosi is a little out-there with wanting to bring the president to trial for murder over the Iraq war. That’s nutty. But I agree with him about one thing: I’m embarrassed for you, too.
Not because you’ve “jumped ship” or anything so childish. It’s irritating, that our political discourse is no more mature than a typical argument over whose favorite baseball team is better you might overhear during recess at an elementary school. I’m embarrassed for you instead over your continual, mantra-like assertion that this war in Iraq is not only just and beneficial, but also one of the reasons the U.S. hasn’t been struck by terrorists since 9/11/2001.
That’s a non sequitir. What does one have to do with the other? I don’t believe the lack of terrorism on American soil these last seven years has come from dumb luck, or lack of trying on behalf of our enemies. I understand that several potential attacks have been prevented these last few years — not by the troops in Iraq, but by our intelligence operatives, by the FBI and by police work both American and by our allies across the world. To sit in front of a microphone every day and not only thank the troops serving in the unrelated conflict in Iraq, but personally thank George W. Bush for the relative domestic peace since 9/11 is nonsensical. More than that — shameful.
Nevermind the hundreds of Iraqis and civilians killed during the Iraq war, nevermind the dead of our allies — 4,000 American soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen have been killed in this conflict. These are American men and women you claim to love and credit with everything you have. You never miss an opportunity to shower effusive praise on any military veteran who calls your show. And yet you apologize and make excuses for the man who, for no reason, facing no imminent threat from Iraq, started the war.
Should George W. Bush be tried for murder? No, I don’t think we ought to set that precedent. Is he responsible for the deaths of those American servicemembers? Yes. Could their deaths have easily been avoided, or their service at least put to a more honorable and relevant purpose? Absolutely.
You eagerly and vigorously fill the role of Bush apologist, and reserve your anger for people like Bugliosi who take issue with your bullshit rationalizing. What a pitiful mouthpiece you’ve become.
My father and grandfather served proudly in the United States Navy. I believe generally that our military represents the very best of our society. The men and women who honorably serve their country in that way deserve our gratitude, yes, but more importantly our respect. Part of that respect should include never, ever sending them into battle unless it is absolutely necessary. Wars should not be fought, soldiers should not be forced to kill and be killed in order to “show our wares” to potential foes in the Middle East who pose no real threat to us. I believe in fighting terrorism, but through law enforcement and intelligence, not through invading countries that never attacked or attempted to attack us.
Our troops deserve better, and you should know better.
Yours in Christ,