Rant From "Today In Iraq"
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Rant of the Day
Lieutenant AWOL sends form letters to the families of the fallen. Past Presidents routinely sent form notifications and letters of sympathy to the families of soldiers KIA. The letter of personal sympathy has traditionally been a function of the chain of command, and a direct responsibility of the soldier's company commander. So this shouldn't even be an issue except that Bush himself had made it an issue by setting a higher standard for himself and then failing to perform as promised. In February, Bush said, "I hug the mothers and the widows of those who may have lost their life in the name of peace and freedom." He made the same claim when he visited London recently. So when Bush gets criticized because he has consistently refused to attend the funereals of fallen soldiers, bars the press from covering the arrivals of the dead and wounded, and meets only with selected family members in a tightly controlled environment, it's legitimate criticism because he and his political handlers have intentionally claimed the responsibility for personal involvement.
By failing to perform as promised, Lieutenant AWOL makes it clear that he is merely milking the military for political advantage. He mouths meaningless phrases in front of the cameras, prances around on a flight deck, and stages a two-hour Thanksgiving photo-op with the troops, and then dashes off to the next fundraiser. Makes me want to puke.