Evident by recent polls, more and more Americans are against the war in Iraq and feel that President Bush should respectfully place his tail between his legs and ride off into the sunset like the cowboy dog that he is… “Resign” is the chant that echoes out of the minds the liberals. “Run away!” they bellow, “We don’t want another Vietnam.” Each day, newspapers around the country are filled with the dimwitted opinions of people who can’t do basic mathematics. Every time I read a “letter to the editor” that references the Vietnam War as an excuse to pull our troops out of Iraq, my sensibility throws a seizure. Who are these liberal fools who feed on anti-Bush propaganda like laughing hyenas devouring nothing but rancid meat? Stupidity is contagious, especially when it is fueled by ignorance. Simply put, Iraq is not Vietnam. Statistically put, Vietnam is not Iraq – so stop making comparisons. According to the government archives, the US lost just over 58,000 lives in the Vietnam War. In Iraq, since George W. declared war, we have yet to lose 1,000 troops (that’s only about one third of the innocent slaughtered in the 911 attacks). Understandably, the Iraqi conflict is yet over, but at the rate we are going the Bush Administration would have to extend the current war for over 200 years before it equals the number of casualties lost in Vietnam. I reiterate: Iraq is Not Vietnam. Not even close. Nobody likes to see young lives taken away because of war, but it has to be expected. What did people think was going to happen? Is it possible to invade a country with force and come away unscathed? Use some common sense. There is nothing wrong with being anti-war… anti-Bush… or anti-Iraq. We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows individuals to express their opinions, but unlucky enough to live in a country that allows individuals to dribble claptrap all over the constitution. Freedom of speech is everyone’s right, yes, but in my opinion most people should just keep their mouths shut. The horrible images bombarding our senses via the Internet and Global Media have turned many into mindless drones who think with their hearts and not their brains. Analytical thinking is a skill that too few of us possess – yet bravado and opinion swathe the tongues of too many. It is too easy to compare Iraq to Vietnam if you know nothing about the numbers. Before you start making ridiculous conclusions on the president’s judgment, do some research – really. Does it make sense to pull all our troops from Iraq? Of course it doesn’t. Doing so would be the equivalent of knocking a schoolyard bully on his back and then letting him get up so he can retaliate with swift kick to the chin. Why doesn’t Bush have an adequate exit plan for Iraq? Because we are not leaving; because he’s not going to give up on a job yet finished – not until the oppressed people of the world can enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted in the good ol’ US of A. War sucks, yeah, I know. We live in a sad and confusing world, but the uninformed, unaware, and unacquainted attitudes of the bleeding hearts only add to the confusion. So stop abusing the first amendment by uttering echoic phrases that are rooted in nothing but pure emotion and idiocy. Intellect and understanding is available to any person who chooses to engage in even the slightest amount of research. God Bless America, and our troops – we truly need it.