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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:01 AM
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Backtalk: Does the Bush administration care about veterans?
Does the Bush administration care about veterans?
By Robert F. Dorr

I believe most of our nations leaders, regardless of political affiliation, mean well toward those whove served in the armed forces. And I believe they have good intentions toward our combat wounded, to whom we owe so much.

But in handling symbolic gestures that hint at larger issues, the Bush administration must do better.

President Bush appeared at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day to talk about military service and sacrifice. Thats what he should have done. He did it well.

But he was a no-show on Veterans Day. Instead, he was in Crawford, Texas. He spoke to a veterans group there but was missing from the national ceremony.

At Arlington, Vice President Dick Cheney delivered the principal speech of the day. Cheney is a tempting target for critics. He could have enlisted during the Vietnam War but didnt. He might have been drafted but wasnt. Yet hes an architect of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a conflict that was launched based on flawed intelligence and without a serious plan for the aftermath of initial fighting.

On their day, veterans deserved a different speaker but not because of Cheneys personal history. The leader officiating at the national veterans ceremony ought to be someone in the chain of command. No vice president, in any administration, regardless of political affiliation whether he received five college draft deferments or the Medal of Honor is a part of the chain. Just as you wouldnt assign the Arlington speaking job to the secretary of commerce or the head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it shouldnt be given to any vice president, in any administration, regardless of party, anytime, ever.


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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:05 AM
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1. .......like an ant crawling on an elephant's stomach with rape on its mind.
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MikeNearMcChord Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:27 AM
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2. If most of the nation's leaders truly cared about the Veterans
Mr. Dorr, the scandal at Walter Reed would not have happened, there would have been adequate funding and support for returning veterans and their many effects from the war whether physical and/or mental,(and let us not forget those vet from other wars that are still living with the effects). As for the VP speaking at Arlington, if the VP is a vet or a supporter in actions that helps veterans. I don't have a problem.
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