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Monday, November 21, 2005

Today's *IYRNE: John O'Neill Weighs John Kerry and the Summer Soldiers on Iraq

John O'Neill has a superb piece in today's New York Sun. Among his several points is this:

"As for many veterans and military personnel, they remember well the politicians who voted to send us to war then 'Kerried' us while we were locked in combat, dishonoring both our service and our dead.
"And they ask - is this all to happen to our soldiers again? Are the politicians like Mr. Kerry who led the campaign to send our kids to war (when it was popular) now to withdraw support while they are locked in combat and apparently succeeding because the task is difficult or unpopular?

"Will Mainstream Media 'Kerry' our troops by portraying Abu Ghraib or isolated cases of prisoner mistreatment as the rule to demoralize our troops and nation, while ignoring the beheadings and butchery of those peacefully praying in Mosques or shopping in a Bazaar?
"Will the press's selective glorification of isolated figures such as Cindy Sheehan, Mr. Kerry, or Mr. Murtha drown out the actual voices of the large majority of our servicemen? I hope not. We pay our troops little and subject them to considerable danger. We can at the very least support them with stability of mission and honesty of reporting."

The Sun only allows subscribers to read the full column on its web site, but you can go to Democracy Project where O'Neill's long-time buddy, Bruce Kesler, has kindly reproduced it in full.

* If You Read Nothing Else Today