Del “Abe” Jones


Another anniversary is here
It’s been four years and counting
As things keep getting worse
And the Casualties keep mounting.

Thirty-two hundred Heroes
Sadly, have been laid to rest
And many thousands more wounded
As they strive to do their best.

For some, when they come home
Another battle, must be waged
Against the bureaucrats and red tape
And we all should be, enraged.

There are different types of wounds
Many survive, (at one time not)
Some mistreated or left homeless
Is that how to treat the best we’ve got?

Heroes, each and every one
Sent off, to some foreign land
Young Men and Women in the Ranks
To fight a War, so poorly planned.

The Pres says, “Give it a chance!
We think we have it right!”
But he has no loved ones there;
Sacrifices nothing in that fight.

There are those who say we can’t
Simply quit, and “Cut and run!”
But this centuries old War
Will not, in our lifetime, be done.

Some say they are better off
Since we went to their rescue
Since we said, “Here is Democracy!”
And it’s the best way – that is true!

While we force Freedom on them
And send more Troops to fight and die
We’re losing Freedoms here at home
It all seems to be, just one, big lie.

We were right to go after Bin Laden
But we got mislead along the way
The fight against, the terrorists
Got put off, till another day.

Once more, we policed the World
And made an unjustified attack,
Took resources from Afghanistan
And sent them over to Iraq.

“Operation Iraqi Freedom”
“Shock and Awe” another phrase
“Stay the Course” another favorite
“Mission Accomplished!” One more craze.

Our patience is wearing thin
For most of us, at least
And, IT IS NOT unpatriotic
To want to save lives with Peace.

For some, War is the only answer
Especially, for all who profiteer
Some just like War, for War’s sake
Although why, it is so unclear.

Some just blindly, follow leaders
Who they think, can do no wrong
Or lead by some political party
And thoughtlessly, just go along.

Sometimes, battles must be fought
They are just and waged with reason
But, there have been those other times
When none, dared call it, “treason”.

And finally, the realization
We’re in “their” Civil War
And just whose fault is that?
Well, we opened up that door.

But, we should move the sidelines
Let them fight this conflict on their own
Just as we did with North and South
The worst time, our Country’s known.

But, a part of our growing pains
Along with other lessons learned
We found that Peace and Freedom
Are not guaranteed, but earned.

We did what we went there for
Saddam is caught, dead, and gone
They voted on their Constitution
Let’s let the Iraqi people carry on.