Chickenhawk's War

RECEIVED Thu., May 13, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Take a look at Chickenhawk's records ( of these patriots who are in and/or support the Bush administration: Vice-president Dick Cheney avoided the draft and did not serve in the military. Every one of the following also dodged the draft and did not serve in the military: Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Majority Whip Mitch McConnell, third ranking Republican in the Senate Rick Santorum, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Phil Gramm, and Rush Limbaugh. These men supported the Iraq war but did not to go to war when it was their turn to fight. What a hypocritical gang of cowards we have leading our nation! George W. Bush served in El Paso and is said to have earned the nickname of the "Texas Soufflé" – looks good on the outside but full of hot air.
   Colin Powell did serve (and said during the Vietnam War, "I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well placed ... managed to wrangle slots in the Reserve and National Guard units"). Oops! Who might he have had in mind?
   Sen. John Kerry did serve valiantly, and look who is pointing the finger trying to smear him for it. Other tactics to discredit Kerry bring to mind an old adage: "Only a fool never changes his mind." And concerning Bush, being resolute is admirable only when you are in the right and calls to mind another adage: "Ignorance in action is a dangerous thing."
   I wholeheartedly support our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am a veteran of World War II and have been in the Inactive Reserve. I was recalled to serve in the Korean War as well. I am a true patriot and love my country and am extremely concerned about the damage caused to it by the Bush administration's agenda. I do not believe our nation is safer now, and I resent Bush recklessly getting us into an unprovoked war, putting thousands of our young soldiers in harm's way.
Wilson Ayers
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