Soldier, his father, all Americans misled on Iraq


Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 11:00 p.m.
In response to Joseph Messer's Oct. 28 reply to Jon Wershow: I am privileged to have known Jeffrey and to know his family. Jeffrey's father's column of Oct. 26 showed no disrespect for his son.
Yes, Jeffrey went to war knowing the possible consequences. What he did not know was that there were no weapons of mass destruction, which was the main reason that President Bush gave for going to war. Jeffrey's family stood solidly behind him and backed the president until it became obvious that the president rushed us to war without checking out all of the available information on Iraq.
I can't get the image of President Bush standing on the aircraft carrier in front of the sign "Mission Accomplished" out of my mind.
The soldiers had gone to war and had done exactly what was asked of them. Unfortunately, our leaders ignored the advisers who told them that they needed a plan to win the peace.
Perhaps Jeffrey and others would not have died if our planning had been more realistic.
My hope is that John Kerry will win the election and make us safer by getting all the facts before he makes decisions and not just acting on gut instinct as those around Bush says he does.
Ann Powell, Gainesville Creators Syndicate

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