Sunday, July 16, 2006

It's been a week or two since it first came out but not sure if everyone caught the exclusive interview Stars and Stripes conducted with King GW. The key question asked of him: why hasn't he attended even one funeral for a fallen U.S. soldier from Iraq? GW's reply, "Because which funeral do you go to? In my judgment, I think if I go to one I should go to all. How do you honor one person but not another?"

Wow, what a BS answer. As it is in Arlington there exists the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, serving as a symbolic gesture to all those who died in wars and were not properly identified. When you pay respect to this monument you are honoring all of the unidentified dead soldiers.

Likewise, King GW could attend one or even a few funerals, doing so in a symbolic effort to honor all of our fallen soldiers. The families of the soldiers would completely understand this practical and yet respectful act. I don't believe anyone would expect any president to attend all 2500+ funerals and for GW to insinuate such an asinine expectation is not surprising coming from him.

Past presidents have honored countless numbers of people and events through the use of symbolic ceremonies. In this case, for Bush to fudge and dodge concerning this matter is pitiful and typically gutless. He's a weak, spineless man who has no problem sending Americans off to fight in Iraq but will not honor any who arrive back here in a casket.

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