Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Bush Administration latest

Op-Ed Contributor
Our Veterans’ Missing Medals

Published: August 8, 2006
Pinehurst, N.C.

Captain Brian Chontosh is the kind of soldier who, in years past, would have received a ticker-tape parade down Fifth Avenue.

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Blogger fly navy said...

And this is a failure of Bush because?????????

I remember reading this a year or so ago and thought he definitely deserved the MOH. The USMC is notoriously stingy with awards as part of their culture. When an Airman graduates from Air Force boot camp, he has more ribbons than most Marines after 10 years service. This is a military culture issue.....not mean 'ol Dubya keeping some deserving individual from being properly recognized. The idiot writing the op-ed should dig a little deeper. This has been discussed at great lengths in military circles.....I have the same opinion as the majority of military types....if Captain Chontosh had been in the Army, odds are he would be a MOH recipient at the moment. Dubya can't award the MOH arbitrarily....it has to be approved by the military chain of command....which never made it to the Secretary of the Navy, who would have been the first Bush appointee to have any input.

Mitzi....you're showing your bias....

9:52 PM  
Blogger fly navy said...

P.S. And just as important as my previous post....is that the author of the article, Joseph Kinney.....reveals his total ignorance of the military in his first line...."Captain Brian Chontosh is the kind of soldier who, in years past, would have received a ticker-tape parade down Fifth Avenue."

Every Marine, past and present would punch this idiot in the face for referring to the good Captain as a "soldier". He is not a soldier....he is a MARINE!!!

Anyone with more than a casual interest in the military knows this has been a major sore spot with Marines. The Army is comprised of soldiers!! Kinney is just the sort of "military expert" who gets space in the NYT, and continues to expose their editorial board for the anti-military elite A-holes they are!!!!!

I'll just have another glass or two of Burgundy and calm down....I'll be OK.

10:24 PM  
Blogger LadyLit said...

You're right - showing my bias - and that's my right - on my blog.
And I give you the right to disagree - on my blog. MY blog.

I think this government got us into a terrible war with lies - no one can convince me differently. I marched in NYC in April because of that belief.

I don't trust them - never will trust them and therefore, voice my opinion like this (and the march) until election day.

BTW: Walked into an Army recruiting tent yesterday - the guys ignored me - maybe the age, maybe because I use a walking stick. But boy did their ears perk-up and their eyes shine when I told them I was a nurse.

3:55 PM  
Blogger fly navy said...

Mitzi....believe me....I appreciate you allowing me to vent on your blog. If you ever want me to stop, I will honor your request. I was a frequent poster on HuffingtonPost.com when it first got started. It was originally a place for both sides to vent in what was originally a civil place. It has since been taken over by the left in what is now vitriolic commentary. I still visit, but rarely post. I'm sure it's the same for those on the left trying to post to Free Republic..... but DU, DailyKOS and the rest just seem to be too intense. While it's your blog.....I failed to see the connection of Capt Chontosh situation with some conspiracy or failure of the Bush administration. While I adamantly disagree with your categorization of "lies" having to do with the war....I do agree that it has been horribly mismanaged, with the primary culprit being Rumsfeld. One of my last active duty jobs was working for Colin Powell when he was CJCS. (I'll send the pic upon request) His doctrine of overwhelming force was totally disregarded by Big Don....and we continue to pay for it with the lives of our best, brightest, and bravest....they deserved better. Best regards.

7:37 PM  

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