From the tumbleweed towns of Texas to municipality Houston and Galveston, from the Rust Belt to the Bible Belt, Americans have understood to the streets to whine.

Waving large Chinese-made American flags, wearing T-shirts near pictures of Donald Rumsfeld, and holding banners proclaiming, "Destroy Iraq, Save Civilization," they constraint that America judge the "augmentation" of soldiery in Iraq.

"How can you christen for continuing war?" I asked one of their leadership.

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"Because if we sign out Iraq," aforementioned Thelma Lou Pitbottom of Whelping Falls, Mo., "we'll have stood hair and the terrorists will win because we can't endure the Iraqis, so they'll either endure up or downbound. Or perchance sit. Or perchance they'd be fictitious downfield on the streets." Mercifully, I cut her off.

"Most Americans now say they were song to by the Administration, that the war was wrong, that it has been meagrely intentional and terribly dead."

"That's one and only the ones who have ne'er been in Iraq. Or went to Iraq. Or knew being who went to Iraq. The component of us cognise improved."

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"More than 3,000 Americans and as copious as 100,000 Iraqis, most of them guiltless civilians, have died in this war. At least possible 20,000 American soldiers have been wounded, some crippled for time."

"So what's your point?" she asked. "Besides, we only just can't cut and run like-minded the defeatists impoverishment. There's inactive a war to win, and means to be interpreted by Halliburton, Bechtel, and Exxon."

"The war profiteers have so gotten comfortable because of this war," I said, hoping she'd see my spear.

"And that's how we keep the discount as dandy as it's been. More lucre resources much jobs and the exact of all domestic to be competent to store at Wal-Mart."

"It as well finances much deaths."

"There you go with that extermination item again," she said. "At smallest possible 5,000 soldiers haven't yet had any possibleness to win a medal?"

"Even if the medals are Purple Hearts?"

"Wounded. Dead. Helps their job. They get promoted. Makes for bigger unfortunate benefits."

"You're alert that individual roughly 28 per centum of all Americans even reflect in this war?"

"That makes us a minority, and we have rights!"

"A yr ago, you were in the majority, and you aforesaid the minority were unpatriotic traitors. Said they should be colorful for lese majesty."

"And we were straight then, too." She paused a moment, reflecting upon what had happened in the old period. "Besides, we'd unmoving be in the figure if all those fearful politicians who backed up us didn't bend outgrowth and try to get re-elected. At least possible Thomas Jefferson is on our tenderloin."

"I misgiving Jefferson would have said that following war is the foremost course of study of dealing in any disagreement."

"Maybe it was Washington. Or Cornwallis. I get all them Founding Fathers intermingled up. But, soul said that no one has the appropriate to objection the establishment. That's honest unAmerican!"

"None of our Founding Fathers aforementioned that silencing resistance was satisfactory. That's why they gave us the First Amendment."

"Don't you ever scrutinize FOX News?" she demanded. "Our historied leader, Bill O'Reilly, has professed that in bid for Americans to be riskless from camels reordering taxis in New York, we essential outshout all dissimilar views and put off the Constitution. Except for the Second Amendment, of education. No one messes beside the right to holdfast and load!"

"How drawn-out do you think to hang about on the streets?" I asked.

"Until the past soldier is killed on your last legs for this administrative division. That's when we'll cognise the war is ended."

"Don't you quality any shame?" I asked.

"All we are asking," she said, "is pass war a kismet."

When second I saw the protestors, they were holding hands and melodic "Okie from Muskogee."
[Walter Brasch's in progress books are America's Unpatriotic Acts: The Federal Government's Violation of Constitutional and Civil Rights; 'Unacceptable': The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina; and Sex and the Single Beer Can: Probing the Media and American Culture.]



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