- - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Discontinuing the draft has been followed by increasing ignorance and disrespect concerning anything military. That is why Donald Trump made his big mistake about Sen. John McCain’s military service; it is why President Obama traded five high-ranking Taliban leaders for an alleged deserter; it is why the media at first misidentified as female the wounded (now deceased) sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee (though I also suspect somebody figured a “petty officer” must be female); it is the reason so few Americans understand the significance of the Benghazi incident. Most incredibly, Mr. Obama’s loss of the Iraq war never has registered in the public consciousness. In the 1950s such a president would have been impeached.

EUGENE G. WINDCHY

Alexandria

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