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Peacetime? where the hell have you been?

April 25, 2011

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.

LAW

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. HellcatBetty permalink
    April 25, 2011 8:27 pm

    Hah!! And he’s thinking he’ll become the president with those kind of foot-in-mouth moments?! He’s out of his damn mind.

  2. Slighty_Rifted permalink
    April 25, 2011 8:32 pm

    Here! Here! I couldn’t believe he said that. Oh, the incompetence. He’s shown himself to be utterly unaware of the grave issues facing this nation, the military and their families. I am disgusted.

  3. April 25, 2011 9:59 pm

    well said as always LAW!

  4. April 26, 2011 6:57 am

    Maybe Mr. Romney needs a tour in Iraq or Afghanistan as a reminder. No, not one of those 3 day Gilligan’s Island tours politicians make, but a year like our soldiers do. Then let’s see what his opinion of “peacetime” is.

  5. April 26, 2011 1:12 pm

    Mitt’s comment was all politics and no common sense. For once, I would like a criticism from a politician to actually be true and not a horrible exaggeration or simplification or reversal of position all in the name of “sticking it” to the other guy.

  6. Michelle permalink
    April 28, 2011 9:37 am

    now being a resident of MA I would like to thank Mr. Romney for two things: 1) universal health care that our state now enjoys. 2) while he was governor visiting our troops, talking to them and allowing my husband to have a nice picture so that if he’s ever president we have a little bit of history. Oh he also did call me on the phone personally to tell me that he had met my husband and didn’t even block his phone number. I thought it was regular guy of him.

    There are things that I take great issue with though:
    1) That he doesn’t quite understand that we’re at war
    2) That all of a sudden health care isn’t a good thing
    3) That while I was having said conversation with him he quickly cut me off when I mentioned the issue of stem cell research in the state of MA and then President Bush’s policies. He went from ‘regular guy’ to uber politician in that moment.

    This latest…just seals the deal. Though I would never vote for him, he’s certainly the least crazy of the bunch. lol.

    • Air Force Infidel permalink
      April 28, 2011 9:24 pm

      I agree Michelle. Politically I could never support him or vote for him but when you look at the Republican line up, I can’t help but think he’s the best of the bunch…. I know that’s not saying much but I suppose it is enough for him to not get the nomination!

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