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Conform to Bush’s program or leave

To The Daily: On April 22, I attended a moving military memorial service for an Air Force pilot whose plane disappeared 44 years ago April 23. It was designed to be for all military people who are defending our freedoms, because if the present effort in Iraq and elsewhere were not being waged, we would have to face the enemy here in our own country.

Whether you agree with the way the effort is being conducted or not, I appeal to all not to disparage the troops or their commander in chief. Just as belittling a wife also affects the husband, those disparaging the president definitely affect the troops. Patriotism that once abounded after 9/11 has all but disappeared in some quarters and in some political parties. There can be only one commander in chief, just as there can be only one secretary of state. Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi were not elected by their constituents to those positions and need to quit trying to fill the offices. They have clearly stepped out of bounds in their actions and remarks in recent weeks.

Oh, for the day when all citizens stand united against this impressive enemy that seeks our national destruction. Second-guessers, armchair-generals, and political aggrandizers need to be quiet and leave the military decisions to those in positions for the purpose. All Americans can either “love it or leave it.”

Bobby Graham
Athens

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