I write in reference to the following remark of yours from last week’s debate in Iowa.
“I am the longest-serving teacher in the senior military, 23 years teaching one- and two-star generals and admirals the art of war.”
I am a retired Naval Reservist. I have family members who are veterans. I have had numerous personal friends who are, among other things, combat veterans, Navy SEALS and service academy graduates. Anybody who has ever served in the military knows that “the art of war” is something that is only taught by senior military people, i.e. those who have actually worn the uniform, earned their way through the ranks and gotten the dirt under their fingernails.
What do you know about 13 weeks at Parris Island?
What do you know about Beast Barracks at West Point?
What do you know about Hell Week at Navy SEAL School?
Not one damn thing!
Have you ever had bullets whizzing by your head?
Have you ever had bombs going off all around you?
Have you ever heard something go KABOOM, turned around and placed your hand in a pool of goo that 30 seconds before was your best friend’s face?
I think the answer to these questions would be an emphatic NO!
In the 1960s while you were prancing around the groves of academe and taking advantage of three draft deferments, less privileged kids from places like the Ninth Ward of New Orleans and the Eastern Prairie of Colorado were fighting and bleeding and dying in places like Hue and the Mekong Delta.
Now you aspire to become Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Of all the sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines you want to send to war, do you know any of their names? Will you attend any of their funerals?
I think not.
You have done as much to earn the designation of “longest-serving teacher in the senior military” as Kim Jong-Un did to become a four-star general at the age of 25.
I will give John Kerry this and this only: he put himself in harm’s way for four and a half months in Vietnam.
RON PAUL 2012!
Douglas F. Newman
Storekeeper First Class
US Naval Reserve, Retired
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