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President Bush's Veterans Day Speech
By Alan Lidstone


November 14, 2005

The purpose of Veterans Day is to pay homage to the 25-million-plus Americans who served in the Armed Forces, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine since WWI.

Many previus Presidents, including Presidents Wilson, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, have had Americans who disagreed with how they fought wars and the events that led up to them.

Unfortunately, President Bush used the event to make a partisan political speech regarding the circumstances of the war with Iraq.

As a retired Naval officer, I take offense at using Veterans Day, which commemorates the efforts of ALL veterans, to argue with his detractors.

I also don't understand why the President did not feel it necessary to personally acknowledge the contributions of veterans as Commander-in-Chief at Arlington National Cemetery and send Vice-President Cheney to Pennyslvania.

The President might better address the country on the activities and goals of his office, the Cabinet, and White House staff by requesting TV network coverage to personally address all of America as was done extensively by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Clinton.


Alan Lidstone
Venice, FL - USA



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