Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Bush lip service dishonors America's soldiers . . . Amen!

One of America's most decorated living soldiers (a true soldier's soldier) and a bona fide hero has something to say about the way George Bush and his glassy-eyed following of uber-patriots are treating our bravest and finest.

Every loud-mouth, plastic flag-waving, FOX News watching Bush supporter ought to be forced to read this article out loud to themselves a hundred times over.

Here's a key exerpt:

"The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning. In Bosnia, for example, Halliburton was given tens of thousands of dollars to refurbish several U.S. military camps and fulfilled the assignment by bringing them right up to snuff – only a few months before these same camps were then bulldozed down!

But the minute concerned citizens rightfully question wrongdoings like those mentioned above, we’re immediately slammed by a battalion of frothing-at-the-mouth self-proclaimed patriots for bad-mouthing the president or his administration and for not supporting our warriors.

These irresponsible assaults often prolong change and always deep-six any opportunity for rational dialogue. They’re also particularly offensive to me, since I’ve spent my life trying to keep our soldiers alive on battlefields by standing tall and demanding hard training, good equipment and great leadership.

If a policy is wrongheaded, feckless and corrupt, I take it personally and consider it a moral obligation to sound off and not shut up until it’s fixed. And I hope more of you will commit to this critical mission as well.

That’s what supporting the troops is really all about – making sure American grunts get the right stuff! Not mindlessly clicking our heels and saying “Yes, my leader.” That’s what the Nazis did, and we all know the chilling results."


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