The 'noble cause' of sliming Sheehan

Jason at takes the Vice President to task over his speech yesterday in Springfield, Missouri.

While administration officials have refused to directly address Sheehan's protest, Jason notes that "every right-wing water carrier from Rush Limbaugh to Michelle Malkin to Bill O'Reilly has done their level best to paint Sheehan as the worst mother since Joan Crawford started weilding [sic] a wire hangar, the administration knows better than to publicly try and slime her."

So it falls to Cheney and others to stress the "importance" of the war, how "perseverance" is the most noble trait for Americans, and how you "can't change horses in mid-stream" is still our military and political mantra.

To which Jason rightly responds:

Left unanswered is the question that caused Sheehan to start her vigil in the first place: what exactly is this "noble cause" that we're sending our soldiers to die for? Was it to protect the national security of the United States from WMD's that didn't exist? Was is to eliminate the insidious ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Queda that were never there? Was it to avenge the victims of 9/11 by attacking a country that had nothing to do with those horrific acts? Was is the spreading of Democracy and "freedom" in a country that, at best, will turn into an Islamic republic--assuming that it doesn't fall into full-scale civil war?
No one really seems to know. But with the justifications behind "our mission" in a continual state of flux, the American people--and, even more so, the soldiers risking their lives in Iraq--deserve better than an empty message to "stay the course". Where's the nobility of having American troops die for a mission that no one can explain without a catchphrase?

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