Second the motion. I was 8 when WWII ended and I've said thank you to a
lot of vets since. Unfortunately, the WWII ones are growing fewer by the
BBC news had an interview with two vets of WWI last night. One was 105,
the other 109.
I'm not a vet either. I work in a VA hospital, although I have hardly
any patient contact - I do research on things that will hopefully someday
help prevent/cure heart attack and stroke, or at least provide insight
into what would.
I was born in Holland in 1944, and there isn't a day I don't thank the
veterans of WWII, and *all* defenders of freedom as we know it.
I remember visiting the monuments in northern France from WWI, and of
course walked many a walk for the Airborns from the battle of Arnhem in
September 1944, fought near where I grew up.
That having been said, *and* with my utmost admiration to those fighting
today, I must also vent my disgust at those who got us into today's Iraq
war under (IMHO) false pretenses. It is inexcusable for a commander to
not know what he is up against. It is also inexcusable for him not to
have a workable plan to help the people "liberated" from a vanquished
dictator onto the new road to freedom and liberty and justice as we know
Han (in Xns970B96C891058ikkezelf@188.8.131.52) said:
| I'm not a vet either. I work in a VA hospital, although I have
| hardly any patient contact - I do research on things that will
| hopefully someday help prevent/cure heart attack and stroke, or at
| least provide insight into what would.
And for your work this ex-airborne soldier would like to thank you and
all who work as you do to make our world a healthier place.
To a lot of us it was just a job that someone had to do. I seen grown
men cry because they were turned down in the draft. I hate seeing our
boys getting maimed and killed. I was not very popular on my stance of
this present war but some of my neighbors are now saying 'George you
Bush II didn't fudge any intel on WMDs. He knew Hussein had a WMD
program because Rumsfeld sold it to Iraq when he was Reagan's SecDef and
we thought Iran was the bigger problem. Sooner Rummy fesses, up sooner
we can move past the finger pointing and figure out how to get our
troops out of there.
The best marine is a submarine. Ah-OOO-gah.
Add thanks to all vets from here also.
Saw a piece online today that WWI vets are becoming very rare (pretty
much like Civil War vets were when I was growing up I guess). According to
FoxNews (for you libs, don't get your panties in a wad, it's a piece that's
written by AP so you can trust it :-)
"Today, the Veterans Affairs Department lists just eight veterans as
receiving disability benefits or pension compensation from service in World
War I. It says a few dozen other veterans of the war probably are alive,
too, but the government does not keep a comprehensive list."
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
You make it like all that is said by this administration is 100% true. I
can understand a registered republican standing up for george and dick
but I also remember Nixon . And he said he was not a crook. I have no
way of knowing if the info to congress was 100% true or it was changed
to make it look like something else. And until the truth can come out
can not believe either side.
But I do know that there is politicians that distort the facts. One
story was that saddam wanted Iran to thin he still had the juice . That
was to keep them at bay. And Iran knew he juiced the kurds up north.
Guess he fooled a lot of people. Even our CIA. As for W he is lost a lot
in the polls. Even if he is honest. Personally I have looked at him as a
used car salesman. Sorry but that is just the way I feel about him. He
also runs to the military every time he wants some support. Years ago he
did not want to be in the military. Ever wonder when he is in front of
all those uniformed military. They are NON their on their own. They were
told to be there in uniform. Military people do not go anywhere in
uniform when they are off duty, except home. Seems like that is the only
place he can get for sure an applause when he need one.
And when he opens that yap of his and says people who disagree with him
are not patriotic and then smiles.
Guess W will be all smiles just like the bird he will pardon when he
I think the bird has a better approval rating that the one in the suit.
Politicians of all parties are getting better and better at staging
"public" meetings where the only people present are vetted to make sure
they're supporters. Or as you point out, military.
Did you see the film on TV where Bush had announced a live interview. but
let the press in too early? They got film of his staff rehersing the
"spontaneous" questions :-).
I did not see the LIVE interview. Guess it is not illegal to rehearse
but if true then it shows to what length they will go to make John Q.
Public think they are nice people. They think the public is stupid and
can be fooled, and I guess to some degree that is true. The majority
voted bush. Ever wonder how many scrapped the W 04 stickers off their
cars. These two bimbos, (W & dick ) have made a mockery of the military
Just like it was in the 60's and 70's
But I can say something with pride that OLD DICKIE can not say to
27th infantry the wolfhounds
25th Inf division
I remember a couple of years ago reading "Band of Brothers"
by Stephen Ambrose. I wrote to him and said it made me
seek out a couple of the guys I served with in the 'Nam".
And thanked him for writing a very wonderful book. Recommend
it to everyone who ever served and to those who never did.
Anyways, I heard back from one of his assitants who said that
he was glad I like the book and was happy that I could connect
to my fellow comrades. And the best was this:
Broke me up and still does. So I'd like to say to all the vets, the
Thank you. And, it sounds like the same honor off to you is
Have you ever had the honor of witnessing the silence at the Tomb of
the Unknowns? How about the The Wall? Ever seen the quiet touch of
fingers tracing over a name of a friend, family member or loved one?
They are the ones that deserve the highest honor of course. They are
the ones I bend my knee for.
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