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  • A Real Band of Brothers

       August 18, 2004

    Note 1: If you haven't read or watched "Band of Brothers", this probably won't make much sense to you.

    Note 2: If you haven't read or watched "Band of Brothers", stop what you're doing and go out and buy the book or the DVDs.

    By now, everyone knows that strikingly few of John Kerry's "band of brothers" support him in his run for President. I was thinking about this and comparing Kerry to various officers from Easy Company.

    Two officers were hated. Herbert Sobel and Norman Dike. Kerry was no Sobel, who was despised but also respected for shaping the company. He was no Dike either, as, say what you will about him, but John Kerry didn't cause the deaths of his soldiers through gross inaction.

    Kerry reminds me more of Lt. Peacock or Lt. Jones. Both men were decent people, but unproven officers. And that's fine. We don't necessarily need a war hero President. And if that was all there was to it, Kerry's fellow Swift Boat Veterans wouldn't be involved at all.

    But, imagine if you will, that you served with a mediocre officer, a Peacock, Jones or Kerry. After the war, this officer comes back to America and testifies before Congress about the atrocities he (and you) supposedly committed. After he leaves the battlefield, this officer meets privately with the enemy. After the war, he runs for the Senate and you do nothing. Then, this officer runs for President. But he doesn't run on his record as a Senator. He runs on his service in the war. And, he presents a picture of you and your fellow veterans and implies that you stand behind him supporting him all the way. Think about how sick that would make you feel. What would you? If you loved your country, could you do anything other than what the Swift Boat Veterans are?

    I think about what would have happened if an officer like Richard Winters of Easy Company would have decided to run for office after WWII. Every officer in his chain of command, up to and including Eisenhower, would have been behind him. Virtually all of his men would have done whatever they could to help him get elected. He had proven his qualities to them.

    Kerry has also proven his qualities to his men and fellow officers. That's why virtually none of them support him. That's why they're doing all they can to keep him out of the White House.

    But, they need your help. Each Wednesday, we ask you to donate your time or money to the Bush/Cheney campaign.

    Join with the Swift Boat Veterans and other sites like the ones below and help elect George W. Bush to another term.

    Posted by at August 18, 2004 09:08 AM

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