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My father never talked to his children about his service in WWII—only with his army buddies in the Rainbow Division of the Pacific. They kept in touch over the rest of their lives, by phone and often long-distance visits. I learned about my father’s purple heart only after his death. Every time I visit his grave, the Veterans Administration has either planted a new American flag, a red poppie, or tended to his plaque.
I later confirmed by speaking with other veterans that they not only do not like to talk about their experiences, but if so, only with each other.p>When Karen Hughes, Bush’s spokesman, recently attacked John Kerry’s protests after his highly decorated service in Vietnam, it brought new meaning to win-at-all-costs. No matter what Kerry did with his medals, the fact is that he earned them on two tours of duty and showed astonishing leadership. That George Bush, through his surrogate, could even question Kerry on any aspect of personal military service is beyond the pale. We can’t even get full access to the details of Bush’s service in the National Guard. And as we come upon the one-year anniversary of his “Mission Accomplished” promotional stunt, we can see that Bush trying to claim leadership as commander-in-chief of a reckless, deadly war should make Ms. Hughes retract her words. br> — David Balog br> Schenectady, New York /p> p> Talk about an horrifying thought: What if Clark’s and Kerry’s pursuit of the Presidency has been an hoax along? Clinton put up Clark because he knew Clark would go along with the plan. Then when Clark imploded, they decided to put up Kerry as the sacrificial lamb. The purpose of this charade is to get President Bush to spend his huge war chest on someone other than the real candidate. After using his money to beat Kerry, Bush would be left with little money to go against the real candidate — HILLARY. If this thought isn’t scary enough, then think about press conferences by President Hillary. Just food for thought. Good God, I hope I’m insane. br> — Bobby Cackler /p> p> FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR br> Re: Jed Babbin’s Once More Into the Screech
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?