Peacetime? where the hell have you been?
Mitt Romney put his foot – no both feet- so far in his mouth he must be chewing his knees. His callous disregard of the men and women of the military is stunning, and a symptom of the ignorance we in the military have long suspected is the attitude of many civilians. He wrote in an OpEd piece about the economy
Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history. (emphasis added)
I was stunned. Peacetime… we are in two wars, Governor. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but yes. Two. The wards at Walter Reed are full. The DoD sends out notices of casualty – so far this April 39 servicemembers have died – many many more were wounded. One of those at Walter Reed dealing with the loss of a limb is a young man I know – his wife is a good friend.
Governor – I challenge you – go to Walter Reed and apologize. Apologize to the men and women who were wounded in this “peacetime”. Apologize to their families, the wives and husbands, fathers and mothers who sit by their beds; take them to rehab; and are their caregivers. Apologize to their children who have lost the daddy or mommy they knew. You owe them that, for the callous and complete disregard of their sacrifice.
You owe the rest of us an apology. The one percent who have been bearing the burden of these wars. The ones who are holding their families together through multiple deployments; who keep their children in school, who volunteer in their communities while hoping their loved one is going to survive the next deployment. You were the Commander of the Massachusetts National Guard,
Since 11 September 2001, Massachusetts National Guard units have been in continuous federal service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kosovo and other countries in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.
There are 8,200 Soldiers and Airmen in the Massachusetts National Guard, serving in Air and Army units, in both combat and support roles.
More than 6,500 Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized into federal service since 11 September 2001, and more than 5,000 of those served overseas.
That’s from the Massachusetts National Guard page. You owe every single one of them, every family member, an apology. I’ll bet that you have a yellow ribbon on the back of your limousine and a big flag pin in your lapel.. until you apologize, I strongly advise you to remove it. You don’t deserve it.