Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Letter From a Grieving Father To Pres. Bush Goes Unanswered

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Eric Zorn, a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, agreed to publish a letter sent by a grieving father to Pres. Bush after his son was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Neither Bush nor anyone else on his staff bothered to reply to the letter.

The letter is raw with anguish and the father -- Richard Landeck from Wheaton, Illinois -- makes no effort to hide or to temper his contempt for Pres. Bush and all the others in his administration who are responsible for the death of a unique young man who had his whole life in front of him and everything to live for.

Here is a sample:

Feb 4, 2007

Dear Mr. Bush:

This will be the only time I will refer to you with any type of respect.

My son was killed in Iraq on February 2, 2007. His name is Captain Kevin Landeck.

He served with the Tenth Mountain Division. He was killed while riding in a Humvee by a roadside bomb just south of Baghdad. He has a loving mother, a loving father and loving sister.

You took him away from us. He celebrated his 26th birthday January 30th and was married for 17 months. He graduated from Purdue University and went through the ROTC program. That is where he met his future wife. He was proud to be a part of the military and took exceptional pride in becoming a leader of men. He accepted his role as a platoon leader with exceptional enthusiasm and was proud to serve his country.

I had many conversations with Kevin before he left to serve as well as during his deployment. The message he continued to send to me was that of incompetence. Incompetence by you, (Vice President Richard) Cheney and (former Secretary of Defense Donald) Rumsfeld. Incompetence by some of his commanders as well as the overall strategy of your decisions.

When I asked him about what he thought about your decision to “surge” more troops to Baghdad, he told me, “until the Iraqis pick up the ball, we are going to get cut to shreds. It doesn’t matter how many troops Bush sends, nothing has been addressed to solve the problem he started.”

Answer me this: How in the world can you justify invading Iraq when the problem began and continues to lie in Afghanistan? I don’t want your idiotic standard answer about keeping America safe. What did Sadaam Hussein have to do with 9/11? We all know it had to do with the first Iraq war where your father failed to take Sadaam down.

Well George, you have succeeded in taking down over 3,100 of our best young men, my son being one of them. Kevin told me many times we are not fighting terrorism in Iraq and they could not do their jobs as soldiers. He said they are trained to be on the offensive and to fight but all they are doing is acting like policemen.

Well George, you or some “genius” like you who have never fought in a war but enjoy all the perks your positions afford you are making life and death decisions. In the case of my son, you made a death decision.

Read the rest here.


Phranqlin said...

Of course Bush is not going to respond to this letter. He doesn't give a damn who dies as long as he can maintain himself in power and enrich his cronies. He's also a coward and will do anything to avoid facing the people who have paid the ultimate price for his privilege.

Chief said...


Well done. I read Zorn’s column and a good number of the comments. I guess the ‘right-wing whackos’ couldn’t bring themselves to criticize a grieving dad.