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The True Cost Of Bush's War by heelandtoe The True Cost Of Bush's War by heelandtoe
Forget the billions of dollars this war costs...Forget the domestic programs that have no funding..Forget the seniors without adequate health care...Forget the children who have no chance for a decent education...Forget the record deficit our children will be paying for....Remember the true cost of the failed foreign policy of a coward who went AWOL when his country asked for him to serve. Remember the true cost...remember our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers...all those who will never be a part of our families again. Remember their sacrifices made for a cause built upon lies to all of the world. Then ask yourself if it was worth it.

Due to the recent increased attention, I feel it is necessary to add to my previous comments. First, this photograph was taken at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA. I had visited there to pay my respects to former Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher who was buried several days earlier. For those who do not know him, he was in command of the USS Pueblo when it was siezed by the North Koreans in 1968. He was a hero to me due to his actions which saved the lives of his crew. After I paid my respects, I wandered down the hillside and came across Cpl Kennedy's grave. I was overcome by the newness of his headstone and saddened by his loss at a very young age. My intention was to honor his sacrifice for his country. I believe it is my duty as a citizen of this great country to exercise my right of free speech. My rights guaranteed by the Constitution have been won by the actions of Cpl Kennedy and thousands of US soldiers before him and since. I am in debt to him and the rest of our fallen comrades. Is this a political statement? Yes. Is it meant to disrespect our troops? NO.
I am angered by the lies our current adminstration has used to try to justify its' misguided efforts to gain economic control of another region in the world. It angers me that our troops are put in harms' way by men who found ways to evade their own personal involvement in Vietnam for reasons known only to them. It was VP Dick Cheney who answered "I had more important things to do" when asked why he did not serve in the military. It was President Bush who went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard. Our troops have been placed in harms' way by civilians who refused to follow the advice of our miltary leaders when this war was started. There were not enough troops committed, not enough supplies, and no thought given to what would be needed once the initial military action was completed. Like everything else the Bush administration has attempted, incompetence on the part of the civilian leadership has prevailed. I pray daily for our troops and hope all will come home safely. Sadly, I know that will not be the outcome. I am proud to be an American. I am proud of our troops. I wish I could be proud of our President and Congress, but I cannot. At all levels of our government, it has failed our troops. The only courage to be found these days is in our troops, God bless them. :flagus:



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The True Cost Of Bush's War by *heelandtoe A simple photograph ... and like the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." They got me at "Son & Brother." ( Suggested by pinktuuli and Featured by cweeks )

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REPTICE3 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant
I dont know him but i bet He is awesome
MehtalChaynzz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh...this brought a tear to my eye...I respect every man and woman in the military. Thank you so much Mr Kennedy for your service. You will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family
68Dusty Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Not sure why you have a watermark over a picture of this man's final resting place.
PhoenixMaiden210 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
when i first saw this photo i thought 'does this grave belong to the poster's family tree?'
Tanner4 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
"Only the dead have seen the end of war."
Moreva Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Satan will pay for creating genocide known as war.
Moreva Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
May Allah take care of our fallen heroes.
HytonedSOB Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
2011-Different President...More of the same only no noise...
BuzzyG Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
We now have a different president who is keeping the troops overseas; maybe you should change or update the title.
heelandtoe Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i've thought about that...i've decided to keep the title as it is because, 1. bush started it, 2. obama has been reducing the troop level in iraq and has announced plans to leave afganistan, 3. i want to remind people that it has been a long time....the longest war in american history.
Death6998 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Very nice
Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
so true. There is the grave of a local boy who died in the same war in the churchyard of a rural church not far from my home. It's upon a hill nice and peaceful, he has a great view over the Wisconsin countryside, a quiet road and the Rock River. Should you come to Dodge County, WI, I could take you there. It wasn't so peaceful on the day he was laid to rest though. Phelps sent one of his "pinhead patrols" to protest, and a neighbor who was a pallbearer reported those idiots attempted to start a fight by throwing an American flag on the ground and stomping on it. The cooler head of the county sheriff was in control and he kept the protesters and mourners apart. And the media away, so Phelps didn't get the attention he wanted.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Very emotional work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
NinjaKato Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
""It is a dark day, this day. Let it be marked in both time and history that this place remains of hallowed ground to all peoples of this world and beyond. Let no one body of ill favor or intent set foot on this earth and leave unchanged by what he sees here. This is the true horror of war…loss."
meihua Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Ugh, I can't believe the message here is still relevant 7.5 years after you took the original photo. :hmm:
morticia77 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Now it's Obama's war.
heelandtoe Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
sad, but true.
morticia77 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Now it's Obama's war.
hannoth Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
the purple heart is the U.S government's way of trolling

oh. you died in a war where we send you, mostly for securing the oil and anti terrorism in a country that utterly hates you for it. and of course denying you the chance of seeing your children growing up or even to see your wife again.

here. have a purple piece of useless metal to decorate your tombstone
TortureLord Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
: wordless :
Rangertamer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The true nature of war is explained in this video: [link]

The architects of war know that people are sentimental and passionate. They will rally behind a flag or ideology without thinking twice if they perceive they are being threatened by an outsider. Conflict simply means money. Both sides lose and few individuals make tons of money.

Wars are always started with deceptive and shocking events against a population.
Into-Oblivion97 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I want our troops out of Aghanistan. I want no more mothers to recieve a call saying her son died on the battlefield. Many of these soldiers are so young, they are maybe even married and/or have children, and in a single second it's all gone, and yet another human life wasted on a war that only more lives for every day that passes.
There are no winners in war.
ARMADLE Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
semper fi, and god bless
SageNaumann Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Though I don't agree with your views, here is some info on Brian: [link]
TheHil Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
It's so sad: a 26 ager CAN'T die killed in action.
when you're 26 you've got all a life to live and in a blink it's all disappeared: Dreams, Projects, ecc.
That's why the war is NEVER the right choice.
May the souls of the people who died believing that they were doing something good for them Rest in Peace.
They all died for the interests of a single person that doesen't care if 100000 people die for him

Sorry if my English is not perfect: I'm Italian.
S-Zombiefuck Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I think we would have less war if the leaders had to fight alongside the soldiers. They would,
a: Risk their own lives as well.
b: See the courage of the soldiers.
c: See the VALUE of every single soldiers life.
HoukouBaka Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Very true-- we need more thinkers like you.
DeadVampire101 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009
Great pic!
War is so stupid people who start war are never the ones fighting in it...
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1drkangel Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I still think about these things everyday I go to work for the Navy and wonder will I end up like CPL or will I just be able to go home. Its hard but its good that there are people who care about us out there.
Ferelwing Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Featured here [link]
ShonaK Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
You speak the truth, I also have great regard for Damacio Lopez who is anti nuclear weapons. Australia is monkey see monkey do too!
virgindeguadalupe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009
wow, when i saw ur pic and ur speach, it was amazing. it really touched me. good job.
may he rest in peace
ShonaK Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
You speak the heartfelt truth and many of us feel the same I'm sorry for your loss. I now wonder why Obama wants to send 17,000 troops to Afganistan? I think from what I've read many Americans are tired of their young ones being sent into these so called conflicts.
Zantetsuken-117 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
My condolensces... Wars are not without casualties.
MasterOfPointillism Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
"Moral force is unhappily no substitute for armed force, but it is a very great reinforcement" -guess who
SoneaSandre Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
here in england, i also hate my prime minister ¬¬ asshole...

i may b english but i stand beside you mate! no one really wins a war. both sides lose something....
skattolento Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
true words!
Sakuto-no-Sai Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Now please note I'm not Bush Supporter, a McCain Supporter, or an Obama Supporter.

I don't usually talk politics because it often gets me into trouble, but without War you can not maintain peace, because it is impossible to control the world with one Law and one People, we're too diverse, we'd fall into a state of anarchy, which would be sad, because then in a matter of say a decade we'd annihilate each other in not a war, but a blood bath.

On the other hand War is hell, ask any soldier and he'll tell you.
No matter what war, WWII or Vietnam, the Cost is always too high.
But all American Soldier chose to Join, and from the moment they donned the uniform, they knew their life had become a tool of Mr. President.
But I agree War is beyond a shadow of a doubt too high of a price for anything.

Food for thought.
But then again this why I don't usually talk Politics, I tell the truth, it scares people.
I'm way too politically incorrect.
myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
I, of course, commented on this before. I am happy you put it up and happy there are people like you around, thoughtful and with a complete understanding of what that really means.

My husband is with a volunteer group called Bugles Across America. He volunteers to play taps for anyone who wants a military funeral. It's always so touching and so very very sad.. and especially so when it is a young person today... now during this god-awful war.
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RTrib Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
I got a number of nasty private notes from deviants regarding my Memorial Day submissions. The usual chicken-hawks who have to hide. I hope you didn't have a lot of the same crap. Good work - it's important to look at these things in a world full of people who ask why some of us highlight the dark stuff when there are so many sunsets, fluffy kittens and flowers to photograph.
Littlepandagirl213 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
let the lord bring our lost soilders souls to peace and bring them home to us
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