Reader John MacHardy points out a remarkable Star Tribune story on the return of Marine reservists to the Twin Cities yesterday after their service in Iraq:“Reservists glad to be home after 7 months.” The Star Tribune canvasses the presidential preference of the company:
President Bush may be taking some hits this week after Thursday’s debate with Sen. John Kerry. But among the U.S. Marine reservists who returned to the Twin Cities on Saturday after a seven-month tour in Iraq, there was hardly any doubt about which candidate they favored.
“I don’t think I’ve met anyone in this company who isn’t going to go out and vote for Bush,” said Sgt. Zachary Lamb, 28, as he held his son, Jackson, 3, who was clutching a U.S. flag. “They stand by the president 100 percent.”
Lamb and about 75 other Marine Reservists were greeted with cheers, hugs and welcome-home signs Saturday from about 200 family members and friends at the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center near Fort Snelling.
Reader Jim Hoft points us to Chrenkoff‘s devastating post: “Polish president disses Democrat President wannabe.” Chrenkoff translates the comments of Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski (who happens to be an ex-communist) on the debate:
It’s sad that a Senator with twenty years of experience does not appreciate Polish sacrifice…I don’t think it’s a question of ignorance. One thing has to be said very clearly: this Coalition is not just the United States, Great Britain and Australia, but there’s also contribution of Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Spanish soldiers who died in Iraq. It’s immoral to not see this involvement we undertook because we believe that we have to fight terrorism together, that we need to show international solidarity, that Saddam Hussein is a danger to the world.
From such a perspective, you can say we are disappointed that our stance and the sacrifice of our soldiers is so marginalised. I blame it on electioneering — and a message, indirectly expressed by Senator Kerry – that he thinks more of a coalition that would put the United States together with France and Germany, that is those who in the matter of Iraq said “no.”
President Bush is behaving like a true Texan gentleman — he’s fighting for the recognition of other countries’ contribution in the Coalition.