PRE-FACE – Tuesday, December 7, 2004
We have eight soldiers suing the Army because they signed a paper saying that the tour of duty would end on a specific date and now they are being told that they have to stay longer. The government calls it "stop-loss," a policy designed to protect unit cohesion in a war zone. Democrats have called it a "backdoor draft."
These soldiers have been trained, at taxpayers' expense, to make war. By virtue of seeking and accepting that training comes a concomitant obligation to serve when needed. The exigencies of war, it would seem to me, cannot be detailed on a slip of paper.
The New York Times reports that these eight men "share a bond of anger." A band of ticked-off brothers?
The Times' prose tends to be melodramatic to the point of purple.
James Stefanich, Oyster Bay,
New Jersey's New York's Democratic receiver of taxes, is now a Republican, saying that the GOP has the "right vision for the future." Christ taught redemption for the tax collectors, but it seems like an ideal office for a Democrat.
Former President Bill Clinton has been, in his words, "bellyaching and whining" about global warming a fuel cells. The Washington Post, in their piece about Clinton's NYU speech, speaks glowingly of his enlightened evolution on these matters.
The tax collector guy is from New York...Oyster Bay is on Long Island and was made famous by the town where Blythe Danner and Robert DiNero live in "Meet the Parents." ie..Oyster Bay Drug and Sundry for some Mum's champagne.
Thanks, Brandin. I've struck-through Jersey and made the correction.
I've also had my coffee. :)