If you ask a “staunch” Republican why we are at war in Iraq, what will he or she say? Originally, it was “to disarm Iraq of ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ to end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” Since two-thirds of that was a lie, now the response is to “honor the fallen by completing the mission.”
Exactly what the mission is, is still in question. Is it to protect America? Is it peace and security in one country among a collection of countries without it? Is it preserving our oil rights? Is it simply to support the new “government”? Regardless, right now, we seem to be fighting most to honor those who have fallen and to make sure America is not attacked again.
I didn’t intend to write about the war, I intended to talk about President Bush’s State of the Union address the other day, but I got to thinking about the speech and hypocrisy. The war was a natural starting point. What bothered me was not the hypocritical request to control spending. Realize this request was coming from the president who signed the 2005, $286 million transportation bill that was nearly 10% earmarks, including among other notable earmarks the “bridge to nowhere.” It was the bill John McCain called the bill a ”monstrosity” and wondered whether it would ever be possible to restore fiscal sanity to Congress.
The thing that got me was this:
“To improve our health care system, we must address one of the prime causes of higher cost, the constant threat that physicians and hospitals will be unfairly sued. (Applause.) Because of excessive litigation, everybody pays more for health care, and many parts of America are losing fine doctors. No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit. I urge the Congress to pass medical liability reform. (Applause.)”
I don’t like frivolous lawsuits anymore than anybody else. But who determines what is fair and unfair. Is it frivolous when an oxygen tent bursts into flames and burns a 12 hour old baby over 18% of his body with third degree burns?
Something is wrong there. It might be the hospital, or the maker of the machine, or the nurse or the doctor, but something is wrong, and if it is justified to fight on in Iraq to honor the fallen so we can prevent other terrorists from attacking freedom, we can sure as hell honor a newborn burned baby by fighting hard, including financial penalties in the form of a lawsuit to ensure something like this does not happen again!