- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Win one for Gipper
"Our policy is simple: We are not going to betray our friends, reward the enemies of freedom, or permit fear and retreat to become American policies. … None of the four wars in my lifetime came about because we were too strong. It is weakness … that invites adventurous adversaries to make mistaken judgments."
Former President Ronald Reagan

Humans in uniform
Few Inside the Beltway items have generated such an outpouring of response as the letter sent by Marine Lt. Col. Pat Looney, dug in along the Kuwaiti border with Iraq, to Mrs. Leard's kindergarten class at St. Mary's Catholic School in Alexandria.
"I couldn't help but smile when I read your article, 'Tooth Fairy in Kuwait,'" writes retired Marine Maj. Robert Creedon II, one of hundreds to respond. "It brought back wonderful memories of a similar incident in my career."
Stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Mr. Creedon's artillery battery was deployed to Korea and "as the Christmas holidays neared, my Marines were becoming homesick."
"As if we'd planned it, the first sergeant retrieved a particularly large mailbag from battalion. He smiled at me and said, 'Captain, we've got letters from elementary school kids!'
"He passed out letters to each and every Marine and sailor in the battery. We literally got the last two. They were from a 4th grade class in Pennsylvania. We read the letters and were truly touched at both their innocence and support. … They wondered why we were so far away? What we ate? Why wouldn't we be home for Christmas? How will Santa Claus find you over there?
"Then a curious thing happened: Marines who wouldn't write to their own families sat down and put pen to paper to answer these kids' questions," says Mr. Creedon, who retired from the Marine Recruiting Command at Quantico, Va.
"It was an extremely touching moment in my 20-year career. Just knowing the folks back home really appreciated what we were doing for them meant a great deal to each of us."

Read our rights
Police departments nationwide should reread the Constitution, suggests a senior congressman, because there exists a "misunderstanding" of one's actual rights.
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, Maryland Republican, wasn't angry to learn last week that anti-war protesters in La Habra, Calif., destroyed a private memorial to the victims of September 11.
"The anti-war protesters burned and ripped flags while the local police watched and did nothing," says the congressman. "It is unconscionable there would be Americans who would show no respect for those victims of 9/11.
"Even more outrageous is that the police department excused this vandalism by citing the First Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is a God-given right of every American; destroying private property is not."
So Mr. Bartlett requests that the La Habra Police Department and all law- enforcement officers nationwide re-examine the Constitution, Amendment I of which states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Getting warmer?
The Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington is abuzz about the letter it received last week from the Office of White House Counsel, its subject man-made global warming or lack thereof.
In the letter, the White House denied impropriety surrounding an Environmental Protection Agency "Climate Action Report" submitted to the United Nations outlining U.S. positions on catastrophic man-made global warming.
But the climate report, according to the CEI, basically repackages findings from the "National Assessment on Climate Change," a document earlier disavowed by the Bush White House.
The administration distanced itself from the assessment when settling a lawsuit filed by CEI counsel Christopher Horner on behalf of Republican lawmakers Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and Reps. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri and Joe Knollenberg of Michigan, among other parties.
The White House contended the global-warming assessment was "not policy positions or formal expressions of the U.S. government."
But now the administration appears to have flip-flopped, putting its stamp of approval on the latest climate report sent to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, eleven state attorneys general have seized Uncle Sam's "spooky tale," as the CEI counsel calls the report, "to file lawsuits demanding the most expensive regulatory undertaking in U.S. history, given that the U.S. now 'admits' it."

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