Bush No Friend to Vets

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 23, 2004

Dear Editor,
   According to a CBS poll, many veterans are voting for George W. Bush. As a proud daughter of a U.S. veteran, I am puzzled.
   Bush evaded the draft by joining the National Guard, then went AWOL. His lack of military experience has led to a hasty invasion of Iraq with no entrance or exit plan. His inexperience has caused unneeded pain and death for our troops. He has no idea how to wage a war or to bring peace.
   Bush's policies actually have deprived veterans of benefits they so richly deserve.
   The New York Times proved that Bush has connections to Swift Boat Veterans (which is funded by Bob Perry, a Texas Republican). This organization lied about John Kerry's service record. I quote: "A series of interviews and a review of documents show 'connections to the Bush family, high-profile Texas political figures, and President Bush's chief political aide, Karl Rove.' Several of those now declaring Mr. Kerry 'unfit' had lavished praise on him, some as recently as last year."
   The Bush administration refuses to condemn the ad, which shows a covert support for the television spot and the organization who made it.
   Bush isn't even brave enough to sling his own mud. All true Americans should feel outraged at Swift Boat and Bush. By lying about Kerry, they have smeared all the great men who have won the Bronze Star in battle (including my own father).
   Why would any U.S. veteran vote for a de facto draft dodger who endangers our troops, isn't pro-veterans, and stoops so low as to fling mud on a real veteran's accomplishments?
   Kerry is a hero. Bush is a cowardly, incompetent bumbler who will stoop to even the lowest level to retain power.
   The choice in November is obvious.
Barb Lien-Cooper
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