To the editor:
As a soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan, I am disgusted by the recent comments of Karl Rove. As a liberal myself, I am incensed that he would suggest the "motives of liberals" include "putting our troops in greater danger." I met many like-minded service members while I was deployed to Afghanistan and Mr. Rove's comments not only denigrate their service but also imply that liberals who are currently serving in war zones somehow wish harm on their brothers in arms.
Democrats and Republicans united after September 11. The Senate voted 98-0 to authorize the president to use force in Afghanistan. In the House, the vote was 420-1. For Mr. Rove to say there was a division in this country about how we should respond to the attacks is simply lying about the past. As President Bush said at the time, "It sends a clear message: Our people are together, and we will prevail."
Already the nonpartisan Families of September 11, an organization of survivors of those killed during the 9-11 terrorist attacks, have issued a statement demanding that Mr. Rove "stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others." I expect Mr. Rove to apologize to my party and the other patriotic, liberal service members who have been fighting valiantly, without complaint, in support of policies with which they may or may not agree. They, and the country, deserve better.