I’ve been known to sit down and watch whatever comes on the TV. I’m not much for flipping through channels so I often find myself watching things I normally wouldn’t, just because I’m too lazy to turn the channel. The good thing about this is the variety of programming I’m exposed to I would otherwise never see if I had a twitchy remote finger.
A few years ago I sat down on a Sunday afternoon and flipped on the TV only to have golf on. I’m not much into watching golf until I heard David Feherty commentating. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s an Irish ex-golfer who’s colorful language and personality makes him a favorite of the golfing community. Feherty is known to be one of very few to make watching golf a little less like watching golf – in a good way.
So now on to my point. In April, Feherty wrote a piece for D Magazine to give insight into what Preston Hollow, Texas life will be like for Pres. Bush and his wife. So Feherty wrote about how he hates his neighbors because they always want to talk and thought it must be awful for the President and First Lady Bush. He then cracks some jokes about Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin. And then comes the kicker writing about how the soldiers he’s visited with in the Middle East feel about Pelosi and Reid.
“I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.”
After reading that my first reaction was a little laughter but that was soon followed by a bit of a groan. Of course, I didn’t actually read the whole article at this point because Politico only pasted that part of it in their story. Since I knew Feherty had said some pretty interesting things previously, I thought I’d take a look at what he followed that statement up with. It turns out he had a pretty good basis for that joke:
“I’ve never met a soldier who didn’t love this president and this country, and I’ve met a bunch of them, at home and abroad, in hospitals and in theater. At Walter Reed, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, I have visited dozens of patients, and I always ask of them before I leave: “What do you want to do when you get out?” No matter how broken or burned, or how many limbs they are missing, they give only one answer: “I want to go back. I want to rejoin my team, to finish our mission.” They are rightfully proud of what they have done and want nothing more than to be with their brothers and sisters in arms, because they know the consequences if their job is left unfinished. Right here on American soil, we will end up with unqualified people having to do the job they have been doing over there so incredibly well, and with such extraordinary compassion. The fact is, Americans in America have been safe since 9/11, almost the whole length of G2’s term as president, and for that we should be thankful.”
I realize he is just a has-been golfer but that, in a way, makes this entire statement even better. He gets it. Pelosi and the liberals never will but they have had to follow Obama’s lead on this issue. Before Obama took the reins you would have sworn he’d pull us out of Iraq in the first 100 days or so. But apparently the Pentagon has been able to persuade him against such foolishness. Too bad he didn’t listen to them in the previous eight years. Maybe we could have had a sensible debate about the war on terror instead of only “Bush lied, people died.” Maybe if we are lucky, Feherty cheated on his taxes so he can serve on Obama’s Cabinet.
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