Saturday, November 10, 2007

Our discriminating Commander-in-Chief

Tomorrow is variously Armistice Day, if your frame of reference is World War I, Remembrance Sunday, if you are a citizen of the UK, and Veterans' Day for Americans. Around the world, citizens will pause to remember the dead of World Wars I, II, Korea, Vietnam, the Irish Troubles, the French colonial wars, Afghanistan, Iraq...and I'm sure I'm missing a few. There has been an awful lot of armed conflict in the past 100 or so years.

President Bush will no doubt lead the official commemoration here, as usual. But as Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports in the IHT , some of the American fallen and their families get more attention and consideration than others from the President. I'm sure you won't be surprised to discover that these people have all written warm letters of support to the President, endorsing his war and assuring him that he was not to blame for their son or daughter's death.

Wouldn't you think someone as unyielding in his belief in this war, in fact in military force generally, would be just as solicitous of those opponents of his war who lost a son or daughter? Wouldn't you think the Commander-in-Chief would welcome the chance to comfort these people, too, and reassure them that this war was just and the outcome will be the best for the United States of America?

Well, wouldn't you?!

What a prince of a guy we've got in the White House.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would expect nothing less than compassion for all from an American Commander-in-Chief. I've learned to expect nothing more from George W. Bush than the short-sighted, mean-spirited reaction to human life that we see from him time and time again.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Bush cares only for Bush.

6:19 PM  

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