The storm in a teacup over a comment by retired Army General Wesley Clark continues echoing in the halls of Republican followers of John McCain. The senator from Arizona denounced Clark’s comment “I don'[t think riding in a fighter plane and getting show down is a qualification to be president.” McCain demanded “I think it is time for Senator Obama to not just repudiate General Clark but to cut him loose.” Several Republican leaders blame Senator Obama for “nodding and winking” about the Clark statement despite the fact he referred to it in negative terms.
Senator McCain’s demand that General Clark be”cut loose” is confusing since there is nothing to cut him loose from since he has no official role in the Obama campaign. The self righteous anger of Republicans concerning remarks about a man who fought in Vietnam might be taken more seriously if they had also been made against the filthy campaign against Senator Kerry who served in Vietnam while draft dodger Dick Cheney and coward George Bush made certain they were no where near actual fighting.
General Wesley Clark was in actual combat and risked his life. Senator Lindsay Graham claims McCain’s torture experience made him an expert on issues such as torture. However, while General Clark denounced torture as a means of interrogation, Senator McCain refused to vote against a bill that would have prevented torture being used in the interrogation process.
P.S. Senator John F. Kennedy was elected based on his political ideas not because he commanded a P.T. boat in the Pacific that got shot up and destroyed.
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Nations of the world are increasingly facing the reality their stocks of rice may not be sufficient to handle normal demands from the population. In East Malyasia’s Sabah region, the supply of rice is enough to last for 1.6 months. This is about one third the amount normally in the reserves held by the nation. Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin admitted the “rice supply is presently a complicated problem not only in Sabah but across the globe.” He said his nation is expecting shipment of additional rice within the coming weeks from Vietnam and Thailand. “Our country is still getting supplies from these countries although they are now reducing their exports of rice.”
It is becoming increasingly necessary for governments to assume some control not merely of supplies but of price in order to protect consumers against price gouging. The assumption is traders will cooperate with government in maintaining supplies and prices. That, of course, is an assumption and the situation might become worse in terms of being able to obtain sufficient amounts of rice for the population.
There is need for international action to halt the use of food to deal with fuel needs and get nations focused on the importance of using food to feed people. What happens in East Malaysia if either Thailand or Vietnam is forced to curtail rice exports?
The October 12, 2007 issue of Stars & Stripes had several letters dealing with comments by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. We print two opposing views:
“In response to the opinions voiced in the October 8 letters to the editor reference to Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, I disagree with the writers and hope that Armed Forces Network would continue to air their programs. When taken in full context, it has been clearly shown that Limbaugh did not disrespect the military with his remarks. Coulter’s writing style is full of hyperbole and needs to be read with that in mind. She is opinionated, but factual. To call her a liar is libelous. .Until more entertaining politically conservative pundits can be found, keep Limbaugh and Coulter, please.”
Chaplain (Col) James Hoke, Stuttgart, Germany
“I served honorably for 20 years in the U.S. military, but today I oppose the war in Iraq. I assume Limbaugh will call me a “phony veteran.” Considering the source, a man who has the gall to defame those who served while he never served a single day in the military (allegedly because of a boil), I would wear such an accusation as a badge of honor.”
Maj. Donan de Wind (ret) Austin, Texas
I can think of many things Ann Coulter is full of besides hyperbole, but being in polite company I will not make such a libelous comment. Why is it that super patriots anxious for war like Limbaugh, Coulter, Dick Cheney, George Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, etc… never served their country in the military? Why is it that people like Limbaugh and Coulter will defame men who served like John Kerry or former Senator Clelland who lost both arms and legs in Vietnam, but get upset if someone makes a critical remark about Bush?
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