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Father of Slain Massachusetts Soldier Backs Kennedy Criticism of Iraq War

by Pamela Leavey

Yesterday when Ted Kennedy took to the podium at the National Press Club to blast Bush’s plan to escalate the Iraq war, he was joined by Brian T. Hart, whose son, Private First Class John D. Hart was killed in Iraq while riding in an unarmored Humvee. Hart first met Kennedy at his son’s burial in Arlington National Cemetery in 2003.

Just as Edward M. Kennedy stood by the grieving father from Bedford, the once-avid supporter of the war was with his senator again yesterday in Washington, D.C., as Kennedy blasted the Bush administration’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Hart, 47, has been with Kennedy during at least three earlier speeches criticizing the war since Private First Class John D. Hart was killed.

Yet Brian Hart, who quit his job to lobby for more vehicle armor for the troops, said his support for the military has not wavered.

“Everything I have done for the past three years is about assisting troops in the field,” Brian Hart said yesterday in telephone interview. “In the last 18 months, my wife and I concluded that the best way to support the troops is a rational foreign policy.”

Of Bush’s new plans, Brian Hart said, “It’s too late, too little, and a bunch of lies.”

Brian Hart is not alone in his “too late, too little, and a bunch of lies” thoughts on Bush’s plans. That appears to be the general consensus, save for a the holdout BushCo apologists who may not ever get it.

Conservative Senator Sam Brownback came out against Bush’s call for a “surge” tonight saying, “I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer. Iraq requires a political rather than a military solution.” Good for Brownbeck — he gets it. Brownbeck is “among a handful of Republican senators to publicly break with Bush on the president’s plans to escalate U.S. military involvement.”

The wingnuts are on top of Brownback’s statements with the flip-flop meme already, as they flap that Bush’s “plan must be given a chance to work.” But, Iraq doesn’t even want more troops there. Hello! It’s the same old “stay the course” plan with a side of “surge” and honestly, not too many folks are buying it at this point.

One Response to “Father of Slain Massachusetts Soldier Backs Kennedy Criticism of Iraq War”

  1. So let me get this straight: Bush is now defying the Baker Report, Congress, the military, and the American public by escalating the war…Forgive me for not brimming over with optimism…