Family Refuses to Watch President's Speech

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

President Bush is preparing for what may be his last chance to rally public support for victory in Iraq. Tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, he will address the American people, unfolding a new battle plan based on deploying more U.S. troops.

Polls say most Americans oppose this, including members of one Kentucky soldier’s family who say they are against the war and don’t plan on watching the President’s address.

“He was delightful, sweet, full of life,” said Geraldine Comley, who’s grandson was killed in Iraq.

Twenty-one-year-old Chase Comley’s young life was cut short in September of 2005. He was a United States Marine.

“I tried to discourage him but he really wanted to do,” Geraldine said.

His family said they will not watch President Bush’s address to the nation, where he is expected to ask for 20,000 more troops to go to Iraq.

“I think sending 20,000 more troops in, is like saying 20,000 more dead,” Laura Comley said.

“I think it’s a mistake. I think the entire war failed early in its inception. I’m totally against sending more boys to be slaughtered,” Laura added.

They say they don’t want to see more death of American troops.

“I think we ought to be thinking of peace not of war. I considered Chase a hero but he’s a dead hero,” Geraldine said.

There are currently 11,000 Kentucky National Guardsmen in Iraq. Officials say as of right now, they have not been requested to send additional forces.


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