How in God’s name? | AspenTimes.com

How in God’s name?

Dear Editor:Yesterday, I canceled my longtime subscription to The Denver Post. After a perfect litany of reasons why we should not re-elect GW Bush, they endorsed him!They even ignored the following information, derived from an in-depth analysis of Bush’s service record, which they published on Oct. 1:In 1968, with 30 American servicemen dying daily in Vietnam, a draft-eligible GW Bush secured an officer’s slot with the Guard, even though, according to a Texas Guard historian, all 29 pilot positions were filled. The cost of training each Guard pilot: $1 million. In addition to a standard six-year commitment, Guard pilots typically agreed to fly five years upon completion of their training. By 1972, with the war (and draft) winding down, Bush flew his last sortie April 16, failed to report for six months, lost his flying status; and eventually requested and received an early discharge. For this he says, “I am proud of my service record.” To me, it says, “I defrauded the American taxpayers and they didn’t even notice. Hea, hea, hea.”The majority of Americans did not cast their ballot for GW Bush in 2000. Just as he had as a young man, he used deception and preferential status to secure his goal.Against the sentiment of millions and the clear majority of nations worldwide, he bullied our government into approving the unwarranted, foolhardy invasion of Iraq.GW Bush, throughout his career, has displayed an appalling insensitivity to other peoples, cultures and the environment. He has been unable to grasp the concept that his decisions and actions affect the entire world.A GW Bush supporter in 2000, retired four-star General Tony McPeak recently said, “What I’m against is this carelessness, the sloppiness, the stupidity. What I’m against is having a commander in chief who lives in a fantasy world. The highest responsibility of a statesman is to have contact with the real world, to understand the facts as they are. Because if he makes a mistake, we pay for it with our daughters and sons.”And, lo and behold, this is exactly what we are doing. Who of us now would give our child for Bush’s continued stupidity and deception? I’m so sorry for those worldwide who already have.Ex-Republican Gen. McPeak, in asking us to elect Democrat John Kerry, says, “I think we have to get the security of this country back in competent hands.”How in God’s name can we accept that GW Bush, who has defrauded taxpayers, wasted precious lives and resources, and engendered worldwide ill will against America, passes himself off as a good Christian? How in God’s name could The Denver Post (or anyone with a conscience) endorse him?Annette Roberts-GrayGlenwood Springs


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