|Nobody Asked Me But:
As regards keeping women out of basic training and combat assingments, I am in favor of a "total ban" on their involvement. History has shown that men will fight better, harder and with more controlled violence if women are NOT present. The U.S. military has one mission: WIN WARS! Any social aspect which degrades that capability, is a threat. As a proud Vietnam Era veteran, I know this is true.
However, the comments against a "family friendly" military are wrong and very shortsighted. Military families, if properly nurtered, will predominantly produce the "best" next generations of patriotic sons and daughters. We desperately need clear headed, courageous, disciplined and self-reliant new Americans -- after all, these new Americans may have to "go at" the Chinese! So, your take on this is should be reconsidered. Planning to win future wars is a TODAY assignment! Those who ignore this dictum will end up on the trash heap of history!
As for George W. Bush, he was a TOTAL SLACKER in the Air national Guard. Bush is a phoney patriot who has failed at everything he has ever attempted in life. Without his "Daddy," he is nothing! Bush deserves no more respect that that "draft dodging" Clinton deserved -- ZERO! Senator John McCain is my man, a real man! A man "tested by commies," a hero, a real American patriot! McCain should be our President --not that congenital idiot "Georgie Boy."
Nicole Montgomery, Army Security Agency (ASA), E-6 (Ret.)