I sent another letter to the President today. If I took photos of refineries I would end up with the Secret Service at my doorstep. So far, I don't think they're cracking down on vigorous dissent yet...
McClellan has a thankless job. It must be getting so hard to put a positive spin on all the nasty stuff coming up about you. And it's coming too fast for him to properly duck. Today he tried to make us believe that Senator Durbin is critizing soldiers. But he is not. Durbin said you and your administration should apologize “for abandoning the Geneva Conventions and authorizing torture techniques that put our troops at risk and make Americans less secure." Durbin is not attacking the enlisted grunts who do what they are told. He is criticizing YOU, Mr. President, and YOUR administration. YOU are the one responsible. You are the Commander in Chief. It is YOUR failures we see in Iraq, not the failure of the soldiers who follow your bad orders.
Undoubtedly, things would be much worse in Guantanamo were it not for our soldiers being so humane. That’s the only saving grace we have in Iraq and Guantanamo. The soldiers are so good and diligent and professional that they partially compensate for your arrogance and ineptitude and your wrongheaded orders. Thank God we have great American kids serving their country so that the world sees great Americans sometimes, and not just you and your administration.
Lee R. Tracy