Take a minute to read!!!!
Regardless of your political views, this certainly
gives us all food for thought. Sen.
Glenn was so quick on his feet. When you speak
from the heart and with passion, you never know what
SENATOR JOHN GLENN SAID:
Things that make you think a little.......
1. There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq
during the month of January.....In the fair city of
Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of
January. That's just one American City, about as
deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.
2. When some claim President Bush shouldn't have
started this war, state the following .
FDR...led us into World War II. Germany never
attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000
lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman...finished that war and started one in
Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953,
55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per year.
John F. Kennedy....started the Vietnam conflict in
1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson...turned
Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000
lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.
Clinton...went to war in Bosnia without UN or
French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was
offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three
times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked
us on multiple occasions.
3. In the two years since terrorists attacked us
President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed
the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear
inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without
firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who
slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.
Some are complaining about how long the war
is taking, but...It took less time to take Iraq
than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian
compound. That was a 51-day operation.
We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons
in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton
to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy
the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police
after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick killing a woman.
Wait, there's more......................
Some people still don't understand why military
personnel do what they do for a living. This
exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator
Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a
pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a
good example of one man's explanation of why men and
women in the armed services do what they do for a
living. This is a typical, though sad, example of
what some who have never served think of our military.
JOHN GLENN ON THE SENATE FLOOR Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13
Senator Howard Metzenbaum to Senator Glenn: "How can you
run for Senate when you've never held a real job?"
Senator Glenn: "I served 23 years in the United States
Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions.
My plane was hit by antiaircraft fire on 12 different occasions.
I was in the space program.
It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line.
It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take
the daily cash receipts to the bank. I ask you to go with
me ... as I went the other day... to a veteran's hospital
and look those men - with their mangled bodies - in the eye,
and tell THEM they didn't hold a job! You go with me to
the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows
and orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee... and
you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their Dads
didn't hold a job.
You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington
National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd
like to remember, and you watch those waving flags.
You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you
tell ME that those people didn't have a job? I'll tell you,
Howard Metzenbaum; you should be on your knees every day of
your life thanking God that there were some men - SOME MEN -
who held REAL jobs. And they required a dedication to a
purpose - and a love of country and a dedication to duty
that was more important than life itself. And their self-sacrifice
is what made this country possible.
I HAVE held a job, Howard! What about you?"
For those who don't remember - During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum
was an attorney representing the Communist Party in the USA
If you can read this, thank a teacher.... If you are reading
it in English thank a Veteran. Please keep this circulating.