This is the Christmas season, and I must confess that I had some pre-Christmas blues earlier in the month. When I tried to figure out why I was not my usual cheerful self, I realized that one of the things keeping my spirits less than bright was the war. Isn't it good that Saddam is no longer in power? Of course. And isn't it good that the most recent election there occurred with so much promise? Of course. But how much more blood of our young people will we spill there? We're already at 2,000-plus, and that number doesn't take into account our physically maimed and mentally wounded soldiers.
And how about all the Iraqis whom we have killed and wounded? The president put the death toll at 30,000 the other day, but I have heard from such programs as the McLaughlin Group that that number is much higher. What is tops on my Christmas wish list? Oh, God, please end this war!