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Julien Sorel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-23-03 05:41 PM
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Acknowledging the presence of his wife Patty, he praised her selflessness, elegance and courage. "You have seen me at my worst and stuck with me... and you've seen me at my best and chuckled in disbelief. Throughout it all, your patience, your balance, your encouragement and your love and support have sustained me. You stood beside my hospital bed for days, helped me learn to walk a second time, enabled me to regain confidence and a sense of direction, helped me reestablish a professional career, moved our children and our household 31 times and always, always, provided great strength when it was needed most. You could have been and done anything you chose... yet you chose to be a soldier's wife. The profound grace of that decision has blessed me immeasurably."

This was truly touching -- his wife must be an amazing woman, and he must be a pretty high-class guy to have deserved her.


Shinseki's tour of duty as chief of staff was marked by clashes with Pentagon officials specifically Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz. One issue had to do with the size of the peacekeeping force required for postwar Iraq. Shinseki went on record mentioning some 200,000 troops, a figure Wolfowitz publicly dismissed as "wildly off the mark." As things now stand, it would appear that Shinseki was not too far off the mark. Both Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz were no-shows at Shinseki's last formation.

How low-class can you be. The least these two chicken hawks could have done was to show up at the retirement of The Chief Of Staff for the United States Army, whatever professional differences they had. Shinseki clearly exemplified the very best this country stands for; that deserves honoring, regardless of their differing visions over the future of the military. What punks.

I remember when Shinseki retired people were hoping he'd run for office. I doubt it will happen, but one can hope.
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