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  • ernest t bass

    And the troops said “Gee, thanks.”

  • At least he didin’t show up and say, “Hey, watch me play basketball!”

  • Avid Reader

    Actually, they were all very grateful and sincerely touched that he took time out of his day to come and thank them for their service.

  • Fawcett

    @ Avid – why would you say “Actually”? The troops (as a whole, I am sure not all) love W. The “actually” wording makes it sound like you are surprised.

    If it were O greeting them you could say “Actually, they were all very grateful” and that would make sense.

  • Wes Mantooth

    I think that the “actually” was to counter the comment of ernest t bass, above.

  • Lorlee Bartos

    I admire him for doing it.

    But I am a bit confused — the troops love him why? — for starting a questionable war so they would have an opportunity to practice their fighting skills, or spend numerous tours of duty in hot, dangerous places, or suffer lots of PTSD as a result.

    Puzzling.

  • M Streeter

    George W. is the only president ever to be disinvited from his political party’s national convention. Ever. He is political poison and no candidate will dare be seen with him this campaign season. I’m sure any friendly face looks good to him. Good for the troops.

  • AmyA

    Good for them! I admire anyone that takes time out to make our soldiers feel welcome when they come home.

  • It was nice he went to meet them.
    It would have been nicer if they would have never had to go in the first place.

  • GMOM

    Eff them, why didn’t he “go greet them when he was President”?

  • This is Texas……

    The troops were glad, and like him, because they all have the same low IQ scores. It’s a volunteer army folks, so that’s what you get. Bring back the draft, and watch how fast the needless wars end!

  • FabFran

    @This is Texas…
    I am extremely saddened by your comment regarding our troops.

  • FUBush

    I’m sure the returning troops were very grateful not to have died in the Iraq war that Bush trumped up based on lies. Maybe they even hugged W for giving them the travel opportunity.

  • This is Texas……

    Hey FabFran, why don’t you go enlist if it’s so great? The truth hurts.

  • Dubious Brother

    @This is Texas….. The parents of the local Marines have a meeting once a month. I’d like to invite you to come and break bread.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @Dubious Brother — That’s a very generous offer you made to This is Texas….. Will be interesting to see his (or her) response.

  • publicnewssense

    GMOM, W did greet troops and did meet privately with grieving families. This man is due far more respect for being decent than he is being given by wisemouths and people sadly lacking any sort of contextual knowledge.

  • The World

    What are we missing public?

  • This is Texas……

    Thanks, but I served my time years ago.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @This is Texas…..It’s not like Dubious was asking you to re-enlist, pal. Only to meet and talk with some current military families (and, I sure was hoping, to discuss with them–face to face–your inane condescending comment about the IQ levels of their son and daughters).

  • This is Texas……

    Hey Glenn, I wasn’t enlisted. My mistake, they’re all brain surgeons.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @This is Texas…..Sorry; my mistake for assuming you’d enlisted.

  • The World

    Glenn. People in the world are allowed to have opinions different than yours. You ask a lot of questions of people but never answer any yourself or I would ask you the same as publinewsense. As you say, it will be interesting to hear your response. Good work This is Texas.

  • The World

    Glenn

    Why in the living hell would This is Texas want to go meet with a group of Marine families? Were you hoping some harm would come to he or she? It is obvious that no one would benefit from that.

    Perhaps you should invite the Pat Tillman family to the event. His parents seem to have a lot to say. It just seems far more appropriate. The Tillmans have questions and the Marines have answers. Different answers everyday.

  • Glenn Hunter

    @The World–Maybe I got a little riled at This is Texas’ comments because I have a nephew serving the latest of multiple tours in Afghanistan/Iraq. You’re right, though; people have the right to slam the U.S. military as morons. Just as I have the right to call BS on their ridiculous anonymous insults.

  • This is Texas……

    It’s just too bad that we don’t provide trade schools as an option for those who aren’t, or don’t want to be college bound. A lot of underprivileged kids get stuck joining the military just to try to either have a paycheck, or possibly learn a skill, and they end up in a war to avenge W’s daddy. Don’t be foolish enough to think many of them knowingly enlisted for this deal.

  • Dubious Brother

    @The World – Why would you think that any harm would come to someone visiting with the parents of our marines?

    @This Is Texas….. What aspect of Saddam Hussein and his sons do you miss the most? Also, what is an underprivileged kid?

  • The World

    DB….Dishonesty runs rampant in the armed forces. WMD’s, Wikileaks, and Pat Tillman to name but a few. The invite was not a friendly one. You know it. I know it. The fear factor is what W lovers do best. This is Texas makes a very valid point about a lack of options for the poor. Saddam Hussein was NOT worth the blood or money that it has cost this country, not to mention a tarnished reputation. Now, go and find some other ass to kick.

  • Dubious Brother

    @The World – Dishonesty does not just run rampant in the armed forces, it also runs rampant in Congress, on Wall Street, in law firms, in the press ….. The invite was friendlier than the initial remark that inspired it. What your friend This Is Texas… would find at the luncheon are hard working people that are proud of the choice that their children made to join the Marines and serve their county. He/She would also find worried Moms and Dads that don’t hear from their “kids” for extended periods of time. He/She would also find parents of valedictorians with college degrees that didn’t join the military because they lacked options. What he/she would NOT find is someone that would want to kick their ass because they are prone to make ignorant statements. They all know that their children are trained as Marines to kill the enemy so that we may enjoy the freedom of having this dialogue without fear – a freedom that was not present in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was alive but hopefully will be a part of Iraq’s future.

  • This is Texas……

    DB, why don’t you go sign up, if it’s such a great life? Maybe you could get an easy gig like W did, playing fighter pilot around S. Tx., and Alabama, when he wasn’t AWOL.

  • Bethany Anderson

    The World, This is Texas:
    Do believe that you can respect someone for a job they’ve done or are doing, even if the reason they have to do it is something you do not agree with?

    I ask because many, many people can disagree with the reasons we have war, but can still respect those who go serve, because it’s a dangerous thing to do that none of the rest of us want to do.

    I know people who join to help pay for school. I know several people that, after losing jobs and looking for a long time, joined because it was a job that paid money and provided benefits for their families. There are many, many reasons to join the military, and while they’re not necessarily altruistic, they are reasonable.

    The bad thing about stereotypes is that you miss so much while you’re busy pigeonholing everyone.

  • Dubious Brother

    @This Is Texas…. The US Army turned me down in 1972 – I doubt that they would take me now. Why do you make fun of “W” and not Bill or Hillary Clinton or Obama regarding military service options?

  • This is Texas……

    Not many women served back when Hillary was of age, and Bill was at Oxford on a deferment, just like Dick Cheney. Neither she nor Bill, were from the “lucky sperm club,” that W was so fortunate to be from. It’s a different deal if daddy’s connections can keep you stateside. Women couldn’t even attend the service academies until about 1976. The draft should be brought back, and let’s see how fast the two worthless wars we’re in, end. Wealthy folks don’t go for little Johnny having to actually do the fighting. They just like to send the poor kids, and then talk about how they stand behind the troops.

  • This is Texas……

    Oh, and Obama is a joke, but he’s less of a danger than that nut from Alaska, Palin. I just can’t imagine Obama in the military…..

  • The World

    The bottom line and we all know it. The Iraq war was a mistake. Intentional? The jury seems divided. Everyday it looks more and more like W did it for Pops. Either way, more harm than good. It doesn’t make us anti-American to want our service men alive and healthy so they can DEFEND our country when it is needed. It is going to be a slow but painful process as more and more family members left behind begin to question why EXACTLY did loved ones have to be killed. It will come to them as it will come to those who suffer everyday from the after effects of a war that has put us so far in debt.
    Bethany sorry you see it as pigeonholing. It seems like you might be doing some if you think that those that can not accept this war translates to a dislike for our service men.

    I know it is a cliche but it needs to be repeated. Bush lied/People died. That is a fact. All the Right Wing fear mongering like your Gohmers and Riddles will not change that.

  • ernest t bass

    Remarkably, Dick Cheney has not been mentioned.

    I don’t hold George W responsible because, frankly, he doesn’t have the intelligence to orchestrate those efforts to undermine our country.

    Cheney is the aloof, evil manipulator.

  • The World

    We all know why Dick Halliburton Cheney wanted the war. However the buck stops with W. He was the man, somewhat elected, to lead this nation and he lead it straight to hell. He may be the nicest guy in the world. He was by every international count, the worst President the country has ever seen. He would not have a reason to be going to DFW to shake hands with the returning military if it weren’t for the fact that Obama brought this fiasco to an end. If McCain/Palin were in charge we would be hearing about extensions and body bags. That is the section of the United States that had no performed some sort of mass suicide.