Veterans & War Heroes

My son is a vet and served in the Iraq War. Every day I worried that he would be killed and many on his team were. My grandson is named after one of them.

I am not sure how I’d hold up if I found out that he was captured and held and undergoing torture.  I knew that John McCain had been tortured but not until his death did I read the full story of what that man went through.

It is NOT an easy read but if you have not read it before and can bear it : John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account.

Of course we all know that John went on to serve his country as a Senator but this post is about him as a Vet.

I was dismayed when Trump said that McCain was a hero because he was captured….but Trump liked people that were not captured. He’d never served, yet he said that while campaigning.  He was disparaging every POW in that blase statement.

Trump and McCain have had their differences since then.

I can understand why McCain might not have wished that Trump attend his funeral and that Trump may have not wished to, either.

But as the sitting President of the United States of America, to display the petty vindictiveness since McCain’s death is abhorrent.

To ignore the crafted statement of your staff and simply tweet a two-line ‘thoughts and prayers’ kind of thing was one thing. ( and obviously they didn’t want to be associated with that and leaked the story that they HAD created such a statement )

But just when I thought he couldn’t reach another low, I woke up to the news that the flag was back at full staff.

Along with many other rebukes, later in the day the American Legion weighed in.

“On behalf of the American Legion’s two million wartime veterans, I strongly urge you to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting Senator McCain’s death and legacy of service to our nation, and that our nation’s flag be half-staffed throughout his internment,” Denise Rohan, the national commander of the American Legion, said in a statement.

And then this quote from a longer statement by AMVETS:

Amen.

The fact that a sitting president should have to be rebuked in such a manner is just amazing. Every day it is a new low. Thankfully his staff sent him to ‘time-out’ in a corner, released a statement that they wrote, and lowered the flag again after these VETS weighed in.

Last week I thought that I saw ‘history-in-the-making” ( Manofort guilty, Cohen plea, people granted immunity etc. )   This was sadly even worse.

I know that some people feel that blogs should ignore this sort of stuff but it is hard to.  I see history happening and it is worth recording.  As Trump often says ” SAD”

You might also be interested in : VETERANS DAY : Honoring Brent Adams who my Grandson was Named After 

What a Week

Excerpts from a story on The Hill sum up my feelings very well : ( this was the week of the Helsinki Summit / no need to go in to details )

A conservative columnist for The Washington Post on Friday wrote that the current political climate makes him miss former President Obama, saying he would take the Democrat back in a “nanosecond.”

Max Boot was a foreign policy adviser in both of the Republican presidential campaigns against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Despite his criticisms of the former commander in chief, Boot wrote that Obama’s presidency now “appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned.”

Boot wrote that he gained a “new perspective” on the Obama administration after watching him deliver a speech in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“I was moved nearly to tears by his eloquent defense of a liberal world order that President Trump appears bent on destroying,” Book wrote.

Obama appeared to offer wide-ranging criticism of Trump in the Tuesday speech, saying “those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”

Boot said Obama’s speech was not full of self-praise or name-calling like many from Trump.

“Obama has a far better claim than Trump to being a ‘very stable genius,’ but he didn’t call himself one,” Boot wrote. “The sentences were complete and sonorous — and probably written by the speaker himself.”

“Imagine Trump writing anything longer than a tweet — and even those are full of mistakes,” he added.

Obama’s White House was also not full of the scandals seen in the current administration, Boot pointed out.

“Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk?” Boot asked.

Yours truly dug up a photo of one of the many times Obama put his feet up but then again I think he worked a lot at his job and probably needed to :) 

Back to Max Boot :  He pointed to a September 2013 headline from The Washington Times that read “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”

“Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star,” Boot wrote.

“He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead. We can have one again,” wrote Boot, who, like fellow conservatives George Will and Joe Scarborough, left the Republican Party over Trump.

I would like to point out that personally over the years I have never voted straight line DEM or GOP / the lines were blurred in the past and you chose the person or character that you respected the most. It’s all different now :(  The GOP seems to have been taken over somehow :(