If Bush Feels It's Such a Noble Cause, Maybe He Should Talk to his own Daughters About Making a Committment


 

If Bush Feels It's Such a Noble Cause, Maybe He Should Talk to his own Daughters About Making a Committment
 


31 August 2005 at 12:37:04 PM
salon

Sergeant James Connolly volunteered for the U.S. army on the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001. He served a year in Iraq and took part in the operation that killed Saddam Hussein's sons in July 2003.

Now, facing a second lengthy deployment by the end of the year, Connolly wants out. He says he will do his duty to the best of his ability, but he feels he has fulfilled his commitment to the military and the nation and he does not believe the Iraq operation is worth dying for.

"I feel terrible. I'd like to get out. I'm done with the army. I want to move on. My commitment was up last December but they extended the whole division until Jan. 31, 2007," Connolly said in a telephone interview.

His dilemma and his feelings illustrate the severe strains placed on the military and on military families by the Iraq war, in which nearly 1,900 American troops have died and which has developed into a relentless and ferocious insurgency...

Connolly wants to marry his girlfriend Rebecca Consalvo and dreams of becoming a policeman in New York. Right now, his dreams and his life are on hold.

His parents, who live in Westford, Massachusetts, supported their only child's decision to enlist and as well as President George W. Bush's Iraq invasion. But they strongly feel the burden of fighting the war is not being shared fairly.

"If Bush feels it's such a noble cause, maybe he should talk to his own daughters about making a commitment," said Connolly's mother, Deborah.


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