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Letter: McCain a hero, but today's Marines have endured more

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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:26 am

McCain a hero, but today's Marines have endured more

A "breaking news" banner comes on the TV: "Marines videotaped desecrating Taliban Dead." Then I see a blurb: "Sen. John McCain quoted as saying ‘it makes me so sad.'" Whoa. Wait a minute. McCain had only been in combat in Vietnam for a short while (23 missions) before being shot down. He was 30 years old at the time. These young Marines are in their 20s and have completed 23 missions the first month they were deployed in Helmand Province, which is the Taliban's "birthplace." No one can ever say that John McCain is not a great hero for what he suffered as a POW. But Sen. McCain never fought on the ground, day-in and day-out for eight straight months or more. He never saw many of his buddies being killed by Taliban snipers or Taliban IEDs. He grew up with a four-star admiral grandfather and father. He had a "legacy" appointment to Annapolis the day he was born.

The Marines never had his advantages (he almost blew it, graduating 894th out of 899 in his class). These Marines get a shower every 10 days for three minutes. They live on packaged meals. They live in tents in the snow and the heat. Many Marine units can't receive packages, the choppers only bring in food, water and ammunition (maybe letters) once a week.

Geneva Convention, my patootie. Where does the Geneva Convention allow "drone" killings in Pakistan?

Leon Ceniceros


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