The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A soldier’s mother calls out Bush

Oct 22, 2007

President Bush makes a big deal any time he meets with family members of nearly 4300 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. His aides, of course, try to pretend the families support him and ordinarily they don’t get a chance to say publicly what happened.

But one of those relatives, Elaine Johnson of Orangeburg, South Carolina, told a reporter that when she met Bush, she repeatedly pressed him for a rationale for the war. He actually dared say to her, “Miss Johnson, you sound a little hostile.”

“Of course, I feel hostile,” she replied. “My only son was killed and I can’t get an answer.”