Former NewYork City Mayor Ed Koch is a friend who is a liberal democrat who I respect and often disagree with. This, his newest editorial though is spot-on and a must read as far as I am concerned. Don Bendell
September 13, 2007 — DAVID Petraeus is a highly decorated four-star general. He has been designated by the commander-in- chief to lead the young men and women who comprise the great U.S. force of 160,000 soldiers and Marines serving on the battlefields of Iraq, at great danger to themselves and to the officers who lead them.

Most soldiers, in pointing out their military honors, will cite the Combat Infantry Badge – which the general wears, as he does those medals awarded to him for personal bravery in combat.

Gen. Petraeus has sworn, as do all our military officers, to defend the Constitution of the United States and to carry out the orders given to him by the president – who, under that Constitution, is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces. He is trying to lead our troops to victory.

The Congress asked the general to testify before both Houses and to provide his assessment of the situation on the ground in Iraq. This he has done.

There are people in our country who have different views on what U.S. policy toward Iraq should be., a radical group of opponents of the Iraq war, took a full-page ad in The New York Times of Sept. 10, the day he was to testify before the House of Representatives. Under his photo, a banner headline stated, in a play on words, “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?”

It is vile on the part of MoveOn to charge the general with betrayal of our country, even before he testified.
The Republican candidates for president have denounced MoveOn for its unfair attack on Gen. Petraeus. Most of the Democratic presidential candidates declined to do so when asked.

While I believe we should leave Iraq immediately, I respect the opinions of those who have come to a different conclusion. We are at war. The Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda operatives want to kill us – not only U.S. military personnel in Iraq, but Americans wherever we are, including those of us in the United States.

There are those, like President Bush, who believe we are safer fighting them there than here, where they will surely ultimately follow us.

In my opinion, the Democratic candidates declined to denounce MoveOn because they fear themselves becoming the victims of a similar onslaught from the radical left. This is a cowardly position, which I hope they will rethink. It takes more than intelligence to be a good or great president. It takes integrity and courage, as well.

This is not the only wartime foolishness perpetrated by Democrats. This silence of the Democratic presidential candidates is similar to the damage to the country perpetrated by all but one of the Democratic members of Congress from New York City. They, with the exception of Rep. Anthony Weiner, voted against an amendment by Rep. Peter King (R-Nassau) which will protect passengers boarding planes who in good faith report suspicious activities of other passengers to airline personnel and police.

The need for the King amendment arose when several air passengers reported to airline staff suspicious activity by six Muslim imams who boarded the plane in Minneapolis. The imams sued those passengers who “saw something and said something defending themselves would require them to spend many thousands of dollars.

King explained, “While boarding, passengers and flight staff witnessed these six individuals demonstrating suspicious behavior, including not sitting in their assigned seats, but rather sitting in a configuration similar to that used by the hijackers on 9/11; requesting seat-belt extenders but not using them; and speaking loudly about Osama bin Laden and the United States’ role in the death of Saddam Hussein.”

Under the law, of course, Move.On has the right to libel and slander the general – a public personality – with impunity, and be protected from lawsuits. Nevertheless, decent people have an obligation to come to the general’s defense and denounce Move.On by no longer supporting it and withholding any future financial contributions to it.



  1. Chip Seiple Says:

    So Koch believes we should leave Iraq immediately!?

    With disgrace and cowardice.

    “It is not possible to negotiate peace with an enemy that only wants war & sees that you only want peace”.


  2. Charles Young Says:

    The word “HERO” gets bandied about far to much these days .
    Webster defines Hero as “a figure in mythology and legend renowed for great stength, courage and daring.”
    I cringe when I hear an entertainer, or sports figure referred to as a hero. I am ashamed when these same people lambaste the police, fire, rescue, military or other government officials for doing their job. The referrence to people with great wealth that give an edifice to themselves because they didn’t want to pay the money in taxes as hero. They are lauded as great heroic individuals, when in reality it is pure self aggrandizement and antigovernment attitude. The poor person that only gives a little but to their own detriment is the true giver and hero because it is an altruistic gift.
    I think it is time to acknowledge the true heros in our society. Those men and women the make our system work. Those everyday souls the keep on keeping on. We need to readjust our value system, accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
    It hurts all of us when our people of influence would rather put their arm around a football player and praise them then a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, police-fire-rescue worker or the butcher, baker, factory worker and truck driver.
    This all brings me back to the main point of this discussion. General Petraeus is a true American hero and should be acknowledged as such. The reality is that the people who are making the disparaging comments are not fit to polish his boots!!!!

    Charles E. Young Chief, 1SG, MSOLQ

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