A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

Last Letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney


…from  Tomas Young  –  a  Known Veteran


Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.

I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives.

I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries.

I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day.

I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power.

I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done.

You can’t stop the judgement of histroy waiting for you Mr. Bush

You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character.

You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit.

Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

Dick Cheney has a young man

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens.

I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States.

I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East.

I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion.

I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes.

The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region.

On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love.

I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

Americans expect Veteran Hospice to be used by the old guys

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned.

You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins?

I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live.

I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean


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25 Responses to "A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran"

  1. 1voice  March 21, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Mr. Long, I appreciate your service to this country. Like you, I wanted justice for the murders at the world trade center. But I felt uncomfortable when Bush went to NYC to say using a foghorn that he was going to send troops to Afghanistan. I felt that such declaration gave those he had accused an advantage. It was several years before I saw the video of Building 7 collapsing into its own footprint. I almost lost my breath at the moment I realized the magnitude of lies. Bush had planned to go to war in Afghanistan before 9/11.


    I read the testimony given in 1998 by an oil executive before a senate committee. That oil executive said that no pipeline could be built across Afghanistan because of the government and the Taliban. Bush knew he did not have the backing of the American people to invade Afghanistan. But he got that backing with 9/11. That day Bush was sitting right in front of the cameras in a classroom where children were reciting their words that sounded like “kite, hit, steel, plane, must” (at the 4:05 mark on first link) while Cheney had control of Norad (second link).


    A few months after deploying our military to that region, Bush turned his focus on Iraq. Early on, I read stories of families sending appropriate bullet proof vests to their loved ones on the battlefield and stories that vehicles were not all armored. I think Bush wanted revenge for the attempt against his father as well as helping oil buddies. Cheney, no doubt, drooled over thoughts of contracted millions. Lies had been told to the American people for the purpose of starting two wars, not one.

    I agree that Bush and Cheney should be held accountable and charged with war crimes against humanity. I had high hopes that the Obama administration would reopen the investigation of 9/11 and expose all the lies. But those hopes quickly vanished when I realized it was business as usual. I doubt I will witness such justice in my lifetime.

    None of that diminishes in any way my appreciation for your service to this country. I hold you in high esteem, and I pray the Comforter will provide you with comfort. God bless you. And thank you.

  2. matthewmccauley  March 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Thomas… I hope you can turn your mind away from the systematic murder, rape, and theft by the political/financial swine who create the evils of earth. Can you turn your mind to preparation for your death, as spoken by Graham Hancock? You have spoken out, well done. Now as they say, are you able to look within…?

  3. Lem Genovese  March 21, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Leaders who have sent fine young people to fight, serve and die from their exposure to the ravages of things like mustard gas, dioxin, depleted uranium ordinance, the oil field fires, the bunkers cooking off all the “Chemical Ali cocktails” unfortunately are insulated by their denial of any sense of wrongdoing and the benign neglect they bestow on the ravaged survivors of the wars they chose to wage.
    If, when they face their own mortality like Robert S. MacNamara, they begin to finally understand the depth of their wrongdoing and the lasting legacies they have left behind decades after the peace treaties are finally installed, it comes far too late.
    People like Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove etc are in complete DENIAL of the horrendous impact their decisions made on the nations of Iraq and their own USA. Nothing will change this, no matter how noble your intentions to rouse them from their own sense of perverted patriotism.

  4. Ann  March 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    In Norse lore there is a place for fallen warriors called “Valhalla,” meaning “Hall of the Valiant,” or “Hall of the Slain,” depending upon the translation. They are carried there after battle by the Valkries, of modern operatic fame. But I believe that there really is such a place, where worthy and honorable adversaries can walk as companions, where the eternal bond so familiar through the ages welcomes one after the other after battle, and recognize one another instantly. You will be no different. Your brothers recent and ancient, along with those whom you thought were your enemies will welcome you.

    For your tormentors no such comfort awaits. They will have to account for their actions, and their bond is not one of ancient and noble honor, but one of duplicity and deceit. If one talks they all talk. Where you instinctively bond like brothers, even someone of another army, they vanish. Where you run into a burning building for your friend they run for cover like rats. They will have to account for the reckless bloodshed of defense forces, ripping families apart at home, and incinerating foreigners abroad, creating enemies for us where we had none before. Their day will come. There’s too many roaches cramming into that nest and sooner or later a fight will start and some of them will start getting kicked out.

    For now you need to take care of yourself and know that you were not the only one to be used by these rats. At least you know the scam which is more than so many of those who went before you ever suspected. Be well and stay strong, and don’t let them get you down, their day will come.

  5. Not Clueless  March 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you: pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

    – John Lennon

  6. boonie rat 70  March 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The .GOV may shut down the internet ,eliminating succinct statements like Mr. Young’s and sites such as VT ,freeze all assets , control any method of travel anywhere , eliminate key figures it deems a danger to official policy , round up dissident populations for imprisonment in FEMA camps , and introduce a mandatory drug that removes any motive contrary to policy while employing technology that crushes any more dissent . Government has the potential and contingency plans in place, as so clearly illuminated by VT . just give it a REASON . who will blink first ? Let’s hope for a benevolent AMBUSH by a vast majority of concerned citizens .

  7. Not Clueless  March 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    “… cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror.”

    Coming to a neighborhood near you in the good ole US of A.

    Your words evoke the image of the young woman lying on the grave of her lost love – just one of the thousands taken away by senseless war. I think of Molly Ivins whose own soul mate reluctantly chose not to flee to Canada when drafted but went to Vietnam to his doom. Molly went on to fight the good fight utilizing the pen over the sword cutting a broad swath in her home state of Texas – Bush’s stomping ground – as well as nationally.

    I so appreciate the heart-rending sentiments being expressed here – they reflect a growing awareness on the part of more and more Americans of the absolute maniacal idiocy we have been and continue to be subjected to. But truly, directing missives of this type to the likes of Cheney and Bush is such an exercise in futility. By their fruits ye shall know them … and their ‘fruits’ reveal them to be psychopaths – no conscience / no empathy, nonhumans. Psychopaths are not like us – they are incapable of feeling real emotion. They can only feign the appearance of such. Lying and deceit is their MO. Normal humans must wake up to these facts and comprehend that these monsters exist among us, have risen to the top, have infiltrated every aspect of human life, and have us all on a relentless death march to oblivion!

    The whole Afghanistan/Iraq scenario is just another retread of Vietnam – the war that impacted my generation the most. Of course, with the advances of science, our brilliant (illuminated) leaders have unleashed depleted uranium this time instead of Agent Orange (which BTW is being incorporated into the GMO food supply; see _http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/12/dow-agrosciences-developed-new-genetically-modified-crops.aspx). Their very wide circle of secret societies have succeeded in bringing down our country and the world morally, spiritually, financially, and sustainably. As made clear by this article, American teens gripped by epidemic that crushes empathy (_http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/03/16/american-teens-gripped-by-epidemic-that-crushes-empathy/), we now have a generation of cold-blooded (a.k.a. reptilian) automatons. To wit (from the article):

    “Having watched tens of thousands of YouTube videos with bizarre scenarios unfolding, having Tweeted thousands of senseless missives of no real importance, having watched contrived “Reality TV” programs in which people are posers in false dramas about love or lust or revenge, having texted millions of times, rather than truly connecting and having lost their real faces to the fake life stories of Facebook, they look upon the actual events of their lives with no more actual investment and actual concern and actual courage than they would look upon a fictional character in a movie.
    They are absent from their own lives and those of others. They are floating free in a virtual world where nothing really matters other than being cool observers of their own detached existence, occasionally alighting on one another’s bodies, in sexual embraces that remind them—for an orgasmic moment—that they are actually alive and actually human.
    The psychological epidemic dissolves courage and compassion and is the most virulent and dangerous one our culture and the world has ever faced. It could ruin us.”

    How easy then to have ‘bodies’ that can push buttons unleashing drone missiles upon citizen ‘terrorists’, wield clubs and spray bullets upon citizen ‘terrorist’ dissenters, exercize dehumanizing ‘terrorist’ screenings upon the traveling public, and stand by in cognitive stupor as ‘lone gunmen terrorists’ strike repeatedly.

    We know who has brought this horror upon us and why – the secret gods and their psychopathic minions in all their guises be it freemasons, illuminati, zionists, satanists/saturnists, neocons, papacy, Nazis, Atlanteans, secret government NWO globalists, breakaway civilization, etc. – and they’ve been at it since humanity last came to the cosmic crossroads of a grand cycle. Humanity ‘fell’ into a contrived patriarchal ServiceToSelf reality meant to keep us duped as to our origins and the real purpose of this deception – sustenance for these hyperdimensional entities and ultimately ‘containers’ for the replacement of humans in the next earth incarnation. Why do you think completely polluting the earth is of no consequence – it’s not going to affect this ‘new world’! Human suffering and death with torture and death by fire being the ultimate ‘loosh’ is the real nectar of the secret gods! Consequently, no peace on earth – ever!!!

    It’s the only explanation that connects all the dots, connects all the evidence, or makes any sense whatsoever.

  8. mpennery  March 20, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Mr. Young, I, like you, hope that Dick Cheney and George Bush burn in the fires of hell for all eternity for the high crimes they committed. Could I be face to face with such pure evil I would feel obligated to accelerate the process for them.
    You are mistaken on one very important thing, unfortunately. Neither Bush nor Cheney is the cause of your premature death. It was your choice to fight their war for them. You created this. No disrespect whatsoever but it was your belief in their lies that got you killed. Had you been aware, this could have been avoided. Had you known, like I did, that those ‘men’ stole the 2000 election and were dead set on invading Iraq on lies, you would have been less likely to sign up for their mission. Had you known, like I immediately did, that the official 9/11 story was ridiculous, you wouldn’t have signed up for their crusade. Had you done your research, instead of blindly joining in the nationalist fervor, you wouldn’t be facing the reality today that you do.
    It was your choice to bring this on yourself. You may not understand it in this life but you will in the next.
    Energy never dies, it simply changes form. This reality is but one stop for you so I am not shedding a tear. But your lesson is one everyone needs to hear: Stop blaming your reality on someone else! You choose it. You create it. And if every one of you stopped ignorantly carrying the water and shooting the guns of the elite reptiles in charge, this craziness would end!! Take responsibility. Until we do, we are doomed to keep dying for evil men pursuing evil ends. That is hell but heaven is just a choice away.


    • Babies  March 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Yes, the universal soldier could have put an end to these wars by simply not fighting, but now the monsters are using drones to kill the innocent and we are next on
      the list.

  9. Charlotte NC Bill  March 20, 2013 at 2:21 am

    They killed Pat Tilman bc he was convinced the WHOLE GWOT was a fraud…They killed Seal Team 6 bc they knew the raid in Abottobad was a fraud…9-11 was carried out by Mossad..their assets in country which are numerous, their agents like D. Suter and their neo con allies…we know they did it…a month after the tragedy Bp Williamson sd in his newsletter that the actual perpetrators were probably the forces behinf the NWO…every thinking American after 9-11 should have been thinking, ” all is not as it seems..”

    • johnsholtes  March 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      When you talk about they killed Pat Tillman you are talking about his fellow soldiers the same they who let Juba the sniper go. All this talk about what heroes these guys who reinlist to go tour after tour into a sovereign country and take part in what they obviously know has nothing to do with Freedom and fighting for America but are nothing but mercenaries for the Mossad who did 911. Who shot down that helicopter with the 40 Navy Seals I doubt that it was Afganis.

  10. kozandaishi  March 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    “I am a road man for the lords of karma.” ─Hunter S. Thompson

  11. Patriot2013  March 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Dear Patriot and Hero Mr. Young,

    Tears roll down my face. Tears of sadness. Tears also caused by rage. A rage that burns the very skin of tens of millions of us who know the truth. We know about the zion*ist banksters, including the bushes et al, who have harmed and killed immeasurable amounts of innocent People. Including: the finest of Mankind – People like you.

    I vow to you, Sir, Justice IS coming very very soon to the us/israel traitors who indeed did 911 and the insects who have the delusion of taking away the guns of some 80 million Patriots, and then taking over this world.

    I will not send your letter to a single “elected” official, since they are 99.999999% amoral reprehensible traitors. But, I vow to you Sir, YOUR letter WILL be read at the executions of the guilty, right before they take their last despicable breaths.

    Criminal regimes, shadow governments, dictators and psychopaths historically all share one thing: they never know when to quit. They seem to only understand that which they love the most: death.

    They like death, and death they shall get. Their deaths ARE very imminent. A war for America, 80,000,000 armed-to-the-HILT Patriots, filled with an unbridled Patriotic RAGE, v. a few hundred thousand of these roaches and ALL of their collborators, shall likely erupt this year.

    This war for our Freedom that tens of millions know is coming, is unequivocally; one that WE SHALL WIN. Fast. Like in a few weeks. Then the arrests of the few hundred thousand traitors follow – no matter where the roaches may be in the world – we WILL TAKE THEM back here, to the Land you selflessly gave YOUR beautiful, priceless life for.

    Then they will get a 5 minute “trial” by a military court, sentencing, then many tens thousands of public executions (the penalty for Treason) by the People will certainly follow.

    And they, the traitor scum, WILL read your letter out loud. I will see to that. Then we shall cheerfully: KILL THEM.

    Your honor, your life, your patriotism, your sacrifice and your exquisite eloquence, will NOT be in vain. I guarantee it….Justice – REAL Justice, by the People, awaits the indescribably evil insects that did this to you and millions of others. We WILL see to that Sir.

    I wish I could hug you, and personally thank you. You are the quintessential America Patriot, and, we, the People of America, truly LOVE YOU, and all who gave what you gave.

    Never forget that; we LOVE you and THANK YOU, and we will NEVER, ever forget you. Go to the other side with that knowledge and comfort.

    See you when I get there…and it may well be dying for America, as you are preparing to do. I vow this: will take one or more of the enemy within, the domestic enemies, with me, that is certain. They WILL pay….

    I cannot see the screen through my tears.

    With the utmost and highest Respect,

    Patriot 2013 – ready to Restore America,

    Molon Labe X 50,000,000…

  12. Mike Kay  March 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    We are the warriors at the edge of time
    We walk hand in hand with horror
    We ride side by side with death
    We are the warriors at the edge of time
    Over poisoned crystal deserts
    Where the ruined towers shout
    We march toward our dying scarlet sun

    • johnsholtes  March 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Why? For the oil. What good did you do. America would have been better off if you just stayed home and minded your own business or formed a resistance to the New Worle Order instead of fighting for it. Does the Air Force putting chem trails over Amrerica count as being a Warrior at the edge of time? Are the computer nerds behind the drones Warriors?

    • Mike Kay  March 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Dude, you just don’t understand.

    • Charlotte NC Bill  March 20, 2013 at 2:26 am

      the poem mourns useless, unjust, unnecessary war….doesn’t celebrate it…some people don’t reach clarity until they’re in a humvee watching a country be destroyed that did us no harm…

  13. Tom D.  March 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Mr. Thomas Young:
    These are the most powerful words I have heard on this subject ever. As a Veteran and Officer I salute you. You speak the truth.
    You are in my prayers too.
    Love and Light,

  14. JS  March 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    A powerful letter, Mr. Young. I can add nothing to improve on what you’ve said. There WILL be a reckoning, hopefully soon, here on earth before the perpetrators die. And there will be another reckoning after they die, of that I am certain. My prayers go with you and your family.

  15. ayelyahbenjamin  March 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Thomas, The pen is mightier than the sword , your words in this letter have power, you speak on behalf of the victims and the voiceless. The Iran lie is as big as the Iraq lie, the Writers of the script are the same. Some of us are more powerful in death than in life, your words live on and will impact many. . May the peace of Almighty God rest upon you through your transition.

  16. matthewmccauley  March 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Iran is not and was not a problem to anyone, and 911 was done by us gov, directed by dual citizen israelis. Last thing- people don’t really die. I bet my life on it.

  17. frankdialogue  March 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Thomas, if you follow the commandments of Christ, you are already a Christian, whether you know it or not.

    Forget the utterances of wolves in sheep/s clothing, like Bush or any of these politicians, who are liars and sons of their father, the devil.

    Forget the utterances of many so-called Christian pastors.

    Rather, talk to Jesus Christ directly, as He is waiting to hear your words…You don’t need the Internet to reach Him.

    He will not only give you eternal life, but will bring a new power to the life you have still remaining here.

    If you need to talk with someone here, I can be reached at [email protected].

  18. Excalibur  March 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Very powerful Thomas. All right thinking people will salute you for your courage and your message.

    Sadly I fear the crimes committed are even worse than those you so eloquently list. A blow struck for those who still possess honesty and decency. God Bless.

  19. dcstreettechnology  March 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Dear Mr. Young. May God grant you the justice you ask for. It’s coming! You, and men and woman like you, are in my prayers.

  20. d0nj3nko  March 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    9-11 was an inside job! The veteran although I really do feel for him, shows no remorse for the millions of innocent killed in both M.E countries… People need to wake up to the reality that is israhell and their puppets are behind virtually all suffering in this world, I promise you all, when the people have woken up to these facts their power will be removed as it is all based on deception! Has anyone read what the talmud teaches, jews are indoctrinated from birth the tripe this religious book spouts, an example of this is that having sex with a 3 year old girl is nothing… That is reasonably tame compared to other teachings from that book. Mossad’s motto,’by way of deception, thou shalt do war’. Please check out what I am saying about the talmud, just google controversial teachings and enlighten yourselves to what evil we are up against. God bless us all.

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