- - Monday, October 23, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The recent flap over President Trump’s call to a Green Beret widow is disgusting. White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly’s remarks to the press corps — despite a minor error — should have provided closure. Instead, Mr. Kelly, a Gold Star father, was called racist, which seems to be the automatic response of the left when anyone disagrees with a person of color.

The soldier in question was not only part of the one percent who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom, he also successfully competed for and became a Green Beret — the best of the best.

Having had to make a similar call I can assure you that there is nothing anyone can say that lightens the burden or heals the hurt. The late Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s obsession with Communists in government led to a courtroom confrontation in which the opposing attorney famously said, “Sir, have you no shame?” This response is also applicable to all who are intruding on this family’s grief.

COL. CHARLES BAKER

U.S. Air Force (retired)

Georgetown, Texas

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