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 If Bush is trying to hide the cost of war by hiding the dead, he robs them of the rights of soldiering.

A Soldier's Death UPI

Dating back to the times of heraldry and beyond, armies carried their dead to their graves with ceremony. Knights were borne on their shields, horses led with the dead warrior's boots reversed. Taps, a bugle call to extinguish lights at the end of a day, sometime after the Civil War became the last call for American warriors.

 It is a compact between the soldiers and sailors and the military they serve.

Bush has never been pictured with a wounded GI or greeted a returning coffin.

 If Bush is trying to hide the cost of war, as Kerry claims, by hiding the dead, he robs Schultz and Gilmore of one of the rights of soldiering.

Why isn't more being done about this? Every one of us should write a letter to a local newspaper. That, perhaps more than anything, will bring military and military family votes to the Democratic Party.

Originally posted to zillion on Thu Nov 20, 2003 at 11:10 PM PST.

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  •  Re: A Soldier's Death (none)
    Thanks for posting that.  It is also a sad, sad commentary on how cynically Bush is exploiting the already regrettable gulf between our "military class" (professional military, or those with a tradition of serving) and the rest of America.  We are not mourning these people, we aren't seeing the tears, the faces of the little 3-year-olds who in their innocence and confusion don't know what their daddy's flag-draped casket means.

    Le thé est dans le port.

    by NYCO on Thu Nov 20, 2003 at 11:25:57 PM PST

  •  Re: A Soldier's Death (none)
    It troubles me to argue that this should be brought to the public's attention so that the Democratic Party might benefit.  That's not the reason.

    But yes, people should know - that the President is more worried about keeping up (positive) appearances than about doing the right thing.  He'll give a speech all about sacrifice and resolve and being noble and staying the course, to make himself look good.  But he won't go to funerals or to hospitals or risk an iota of his own political capital by being seen with the real cost of war.  

    Sometimes I think the most effective attacks that could be made on him don't start by mentioning the big things like war, or the economy, or health care.  Challenge him to hold a press conference, challenge him to meet with real people and answer their questions.

    •  Re: A Soldier's Death (none)
      You're right. The fact itself is more important than its political ramifications. Our war dead deserve the respect of the president; our wounded deserve his praise.

      But it is also important that military personnel and their families see Bush's "support" for what it really is.

  •  Re: A Soldier's Death (none)

    May you rot in hell, Mr. Bush.

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