One of the ignored issues of the George Bush administration was its failure to respect and honor the needs of those who served. During his initial years in office, Bush did little to enhance the ability of the Veterans Administration to expand counseling services to those who had been in combat. Newly appointed VA Secretary Eric Shinseki who was a former combat soldier and chief of the American armed forces, sent an open letter to all veterans in which he made clear, “the Department of Veterans Affairs has a solemn responsibility to all of you, today and in the future.” He promised to reorganize the department so it could more effectively serve needs of veterans. Joe Davis of the VFW said he was pleased the leader of the VA, “is communicating in simply language that his customers are his No. 1 priority and the reason his department exists.”
Too often the past few years veterans have been ignored even in death when President Bush would not allow pictures of those who died.
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President Obama has decided to slow down any plans for missile defense systems in Poland or the Czech Republic which were the ideas of George Bush. The missile system was supposedly designed to deal with missiles from “rogue nations” but everyone with common sense knew they were aimed at Russia. Obama will either drop the plan or use the idea of dropping the missile system as a bargaining chip in negotiation with the Russians. The president is hesitant about investing huge sums for a project that is of dubious value. Why should the United States be involved in developing missile systems to protect Europe?
When Bush first proposed his plan, the Russian government offered use of its bases in order to develop a system for such missiles. Why not take up the Russian plan? It ends hostility with Russia and creates a system that would not be that expensive.
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