Skip to comments.American Legion: Rangel Apologize Now
Posted on 11/27/2006 9:02:53 PM PST by Kaslin
The National Commander of The American Legion called on Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., to apologize for suggesting that American troops would not choose to fight in Iraq if they had other employment options.
"Our military is the most skilled, best-trained all-volunteer force on the planet," said National Commander Paul A. Morin. "Like that recently espoused by Sen. John Kerry, Congressman Rangel's view of our troops couldn't be further from the truth and is possibly skewed by his political opposition to the war in Iraq."
According to Rangel, "If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq. If there's anyone who believes these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No bright young individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of some educational benefits," Rangel said.
Rangel was responding to a question during an interview yesterday on Fox News Sunday about a recent study by the Heritage Foundation which found that those enlisting in the military tend to be better educated than the general public and that military recruiting seems to be more successful in middle-class and wealthy neighborhoods than in poor ones.
According to the study, 97 percent of military enlistees were high school graduates versus 80 percent of Americans in general. The study also concludes that the average reading level of military personnel is a full grade level higher than that of the general population.
"I'm not sure I understand what is unfair about letting adults make their own career choices," Morin said as he visited troops in Korea this week. "Troops serving today have a higher education level than the overall population. Why another member of Congress is insulting our troops' commitment and education level is beyond me."
Morin said the American Legion applauds and appreciates the great sacrifices of those who serve -- many of whom have put civilian careers aside, college on hold or given up high paying jobs to enlist.
More and more troops say it's duty and honor before college fund that motivated them to join. Recruiting numbers have been met this year, but more importantly, servicemembers are reenlisting so retention within the armed forces is great, Morin explained. Not everyone holds the view that we should wait to be attacked again as a nation.
"These brave men and women lay it on the line every day for each and every one of us, for which I am very grateful," Morin said. "Their selfless commitment for the betterment of our world from radical extremists is beyond commendable. It's time for members of Congress to stop insulting our troops.
"While the American Legion shares the congressman's appreciation for education, the troops in Iraq represent the most sophisticated, technologically superior military that the world has ever seen," Morin said. "I call on Congressman Rangel to not only apologize to our troops but to also fight for pay increases and make significant improvements to the current GI Bill -- reserves and guard included, as he prepares for a party chairmanship in the 110th Congress."
Founded in 1919, the 2.7 million-member American Legion is the nation's preeminent service organization for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including active duty, National Guard and Reserves, and their families. A powerful voice for veterans in Washington, the American Legion drafted the original GI Bill and was instrumental in establishing the agency that today is the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
I'd be surprised if he apologizes. (he might but only under rat pressure for some reason). he meant every word of what he said.
Rangel & Jon Carey, dumb & dumber!!!
Is this the same Charlie Rangel who wants to reinstate the draft?
I won't waste a phone call or stamp on him! Would be a waste of time, like talking to a brick!
Rangel apologize? Never. He's not running for office and even if he was his constituents will continue to vote him in under the McDermott system (we be stupid so we vote for McDermott).
Yes, it is. He said "Bush's daughters should be in Iraq" on a recent show on Fox news.
I say let him keep talking.
It's obvious Rangel & Jon Carey won't be getting the "military vote" anytime soon!!!
Being a lefty means never having to say you're sorry...or wrong
The best we'll get is the non-apology apology.
Yes, the one and the same
Democrats are always right and therefore, never need to apologize. /s
Looks like the Democratic think tank.
American Legion commander's credentials questioned
BOSTON The national commander of the American Legion never served in Vietnam despite describing himself in campaign material as a "Vietnam veteran of the U-S Army."
This is according to a report published today in the Boston Globe.
Paul Morin was elected August 31st to a one-year term as commander of the nation's largest veterans organization.
The Globe reported that Morin served in the Army from 1972 to 1974 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Neither the federal government nor the American Legion makes a formal distinction between veterans who served in Vietnam and those known as "Vietnam-era" veterans.
Morin, a Chicopee resident, defended his decision, saying -- "I am a Vietnam veteran."
But others were angered. Former U-S Senator Max Cleland of Georgia called it a "lie." He called Morin "an embarrassment to the organization."
That reminds me of a leftwing chatter in a political chatroom on another site. He was once talking about Vietnam era veterans. So I acted dumb and asked him what a Vietnam era veteran is. His reply was, that was someone who was in Vietnam. I told him that is not true. A vietnam era veterand served in the military during the war , but is not a vietnam war vet. Only those who were actually in nam are Vietnam veterans. My husband did 2 tours. Anyway with that logic you can say President Bush is a Vietnam veteran,and not a vietnam era veteran.
Hi Kaslin! My husband served also during that time and was stationed in Germany. He states that he is a Vietnam era Vet and his brother who was in theater is the Vietnam vet.
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