To those who criticize our
By Walter Bolling
November 17, 2005
To Editor, Sitnews:
May I pass along to your readers
a few thoughts relative to our combat of terrorism in Iraq and
speak to those who criticize our commanders of the United States
Armed Forces. Thanks.
1. There were 39 combat-related
killings in Iraq during the month of January. In the fair city
of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's
just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war-torn
country of Iraq.
2. When some claim President
Bush shouldn t have started this war, state the following:
FDR led us into World War II.
Germany never attacked us; Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000
lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman finished that war and
started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953,
55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per year.
John F. Kennedy started the
Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson
turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives
were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.
Clinton went to war in Bosnia
without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. Clinton
was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by
Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.
3. In the four years since
the terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two
countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Quaida, put nuclear
inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot,
and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.
The Democrats are complaining
about how long the war is taking, but it took less time to take
Iraq and capture its dictator than it took Janet Reno to take
the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.
We've been looking for evidence
of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary
Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
It took less time for the 3rd
Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican
Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile
sank at Chippaquiddick, killing a woman.
Some people still don't understand
why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange
between Senators John Glenn and Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading.
Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it s
also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women
in the armed services do what they do for a living. This is a
typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served
think of our military:
JOHN GLENN ON THE SENATE FLOOR:
Monday, 26 January, 2004, 11:13
Senator Howard Metzenbaum to
Senator Glenn: "How can you run for Senate when you've never
held a real job?"
Senator Glenn: "I served
23 years in the United States Marine Corps, served through two
wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft
fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It
wasn't my checkbook, Howard, it was my life on the line. It was
not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily
cash receipts to the bank.
I ask you to go with me as
I went the other day ... to a veteran's hospital and look those
men, with their mangled bodies, in the eye, and tell THEM they
didn't hold a job! You go with me to the Space Program at NASA
and go, as I have gone, to the widows and orphans of Ed White,
Gus Grissom, and Roger Chaffee, and you look those kids in the
eye and tell them that their Dads didn't hold a job.
You go with me on Memorial
Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have
more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch
those waving flags. You stand there, and you think about this
nation, and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?
I ll tell you, Howard Metzenbaum, you should be on your knees
every day of your life thanking God that there were some men
--- SOME MEN --- who held REAL jobs. And they required a dedication
to a purpose and a love of country and a dedication to duty that
was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice
is what made this country possible.
I HAVE held a job, Howard.
What about you?"
For those who don't remember,
during WWII Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney representing the
Communist Party in the USA.
If you can read this, thank
a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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