- - Sunday, June 23, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Watching the trial of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher brings back memories of how badly we Vietnam veterans were treated by politicians, lawyers, the media and the U.S. in general in the 1960s and ‘70s (“Bombshell: Witness at Navy SEAL murder trial admits killing militant,” Web, June 20). How many of us were spat upon by Democrats, called “baby killers” and shunned by the American public? I was one of those service members. It has been 50 years and nothing has changed.

Our military has been called to protect us from Islamist homicidal maniacs who would kill every one of us if given the opportunity. Our service members have been given an impossible task and are being monitored by lawyers and politicians who nitpick everything they do.

To paraphrase “Apocalypse Now,” charging someone with murder in this war is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500. If we are going to engage in wars in the Middle East and fight maniacs hiding behind a false religion, we need to let our military do its ugly job. Meanwhile, civilians ought to stay out of the business of war.

There is no place for lawyers, liberals and a Muslim fifth column in Congress calling the shots in an impossible battle.

MICHAEL A. PACER



Paso Robles, Calif.

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