Ed is the one kicking ass these days. He has a string of terrific pieces. This one, linking to another great article is terrific.
"Maybe you've been a recipient of those viral emails about him. Remember the flap about the flag lapel pin? Remember the hand over the heart during the National Anthem question? Remember the discussions over his choices of what to do on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day and D-Day? Remember the series of pictures of past Presidents briefing from that podium at the end of the hall down from the Oval Office? It asked what was missing with the Bamster, and then revealed that the position is no longer flanked with American flags. The elephant has been trumpeting in the room all along. "
And then he had to go here. Cruel...
So many wrong turns led me away from that life. I'd have done anything just to pump the fuel into them...well, I suppose not since I didn't. But the Air Force was unkind in those days to the lesser candidates. They could afford to be picky and so they were. I did not blame them but...oh, if only they'd been more motivating. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like.
I watch things like that and just wipe away tears of regret. I was meant for these things - it is a thing I know just as I know my own heartbeat. But it was late in life that I discovered it and am now rather too old to be craving battle. Likely there will be battles enou to come if I will only be patient.
How I envy each of you who has known the uniform...my only comfort has been, "They also serve who only stand and wait."
God, I need a drink to wash this regret down.