Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Dear Mr. Obama ... Iraq was not a mistake" -- Updated

"The day we lose our will to fight ... is the day we lose our freedom."

UPDATED BACKGROUND ON JOE COOK: Army Specialist Joe Cook was wounded in Iraq. He was the middle son of Bob and Melissa Cook of Wauconda, Illinois. On the front door of the Cook's house is a 3-star flag, for Joe and his older and younger brothers. Their father, Bob Cook, is on the Lake County Republican Central Committee.

Joe and his two brothers enlisted in the Army within 6 months of each other and all volunteered to serve in Iraq. Joe was captain of his high school cross-country team but he now walks and runs with a prosthesis because he lost his leg when the vehicle in which he was riding in Baghdad was hit by a roadside bomb. The blast crushed Joe's left leg below the knee. Five times before, he had felt the concussion of the IEDs, but this time it was more powerful.

The Village of Wauconda, where the Cooks live, has made it a habit to welcome every combat veteran back home - so when Joe returned home, after many months of rehabilitation, the people gave him the hero's welcome he so richly deserved.

It only takes 60 seconds to watch this moving video from Army Specialist Joe Cook, an Iraq war veteran who was wounded in May 2007 by an IED. He lost his left foot and leg six inches below the knee.


Text of Video:
Dear Mr. Obama, having spent 12 months in the Iraq theater, I can promise you, this was not a mistake. I witnessed firsthand the many sacrifices made by the people of Iraq. Those sacrifices were not mistakes. Iraqi people are just like us. They want a chance to live in a secure world, free from tyranny, free from terrorism, free to prosper, free to raise their children and pass on a future. Are they better off today than they were in 2002? You bet. I've seen many men sacrifice their lives for the Iraqi people. They died for a purpose, not a mistake. They died giving hope, they died promoting freedom. Do you rescue a fireman just as he's about to save a child? When you call the Iraqi war a mistake, you disrespect the service and the sacrifice of everyone who has died promoting freedom. Freedom carries with it a price. Because you do not understand, nor appreciate these principles, sir, I am supporting John McCain for president. He, too, made a huge sacrifice promoting freedom, because he understands the fundamental truth, freedom is always worth the price. (playing of God Bless the USA)
H/T Rush Limbaugh

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