President Bush invades our televisions tonight, attempting to gain support for his Iraq maneuvers by promising the withdrawal of many American troops.
Meanwhile, I suspect, too many in our government see the brave men and women of our military as numbers instead of people.
Here's what I'd tell President Bush if I had a chance:
"Our troops' role is to defend our own country first and spread worldwide democracy second. Iraq will never be a democracy due to internal dissention.
"We learned lessons from Sept. 11 and likely will be able to detect and deter any planned future attacks on the U.S. from outside forces. Keeping American forces in Iraq isn't helping that goal.
"Every single American lost in Iraq, and will be lost, was/is a hero and deserves our gratitude. But we don't need any more losses.
"Bring us home. Let Iraq take care of itself, or maybe keep just enough forces to prevent an outside takeover.
"And American troops should never be used to promote a political ideology or boost a political party. They are for defense. Period. Wrongful use shows disrespect for those who wear the uniform."
Think he'd listen?