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Tuesday, August 24, 2004Man, what are the chances? I found a line (actually two lines) that, in any other week, would snag the top honor. But this week it's a close second. The New York Times (!) has printed a letter from one of our excellent soldiers fighting in Najaf. Let me set it up with this paragraph:
Michael Moore recently asked Bill O'Reilly if he would sacrifice his son for Falluja. A clever rhetorical device, but it's the wrong question: this war is about Des Moines, not Falluja. This country is breeding and attracting militants who are all eager to grab box cutters, dirty bombs, suicide vests or biological weapons, and then come fight us in Chicago, Santa Monica or Long Island. Falluja, in fact, was very close to becoming a city our forces could have controlled, and then given new schools and sewers and hospitals, before we pulled back in the spring. Now, essentially ignored, it has become a Taliban-like state of Islamic extremism, a terrorist safe haven. We must not let the same fate befall Najaf or Ramadi or the rest of Iraq.Great comeback for Michael Moore. But it's disappointing to hear what he says about Falluja. They'll need to go in and clean it up eventually, it probably should have been done the first time. I think that lesson has been learned and that's why the pressure on Najaf continues today. The Major ends his letter with the runner-up line of the week:
I miss my family, my friends and my country, but right now there is nowhere else I'd rather be. I am a United States Marine.Thank you, sir.
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