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Monday, August 22, 2005

President Bush Honors Veterans

President Bush spoke to Veterans of Foreign Wars during their convention in Salt Lake City today. I think there are few groups in this country (if any) who deserve to be honored than those who put their lives on the line to protect this country and our freedoms. (It's unfortunate that the mayor of Salt Lake, Rocky Anderson, in a strange move for a mayor, organized a protest to Pres. Bush's visit, stealing the much-deserved praise for the veterans and focusing the attention of the media on himself.)

Bush spoke about the importance of seeing the war in Iraq through and defeating terrorism. This war has become incredibly controversial and support for it is grower weeker by the week. It's hard to know how to feel about it becomes the grounds for which we entered it, weapons of mass destruction, proved to be uncredible. However, good has come from it. Millions of people have been liberated from a dictator and we are proving to the world that we will not tolerate terrorism. Shortly after 9/11 one of the terrorists, perhaps Osama, foolishly said that American soldiers were too weak to fight street by street battle. We have proved that that is false. Of course proving your military strength is no grounds for war, but liberating a country is. I admire Bush for his steadfastness in sticking to his policies. If we stick with this, I think it will prove to be a success.


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