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Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf are gathered in
Philadelphia this week for the Republican National Convention. As these
three musketeers — who under the command of George “Poppy” Bush brought
our nation its quickest, and from this eyewitness’ viewpoint, most
impressive military win — try to help execute the political equivalent
of Desert Storm on behalf of George “Dubbya,” I hope they’ll include in
their platform the revitalizing of our military. A plank that will bring
to the citizens of this nation a defense plan showing:

  • How they intend to pick our armed forces up off the mat and
    make them world champs again after eight years of White House and
    Pentagon neglect, criminal political correctness and non-leadership –
    which has done more damage to our armed forces than all of our current
    enemies combined.

  • How they’ll bring an end to mindless missions in such places as
    Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Colombia and assure us that from 2001 forward,
    our forces will be used only to defend America and its interests.

  • How they’ll reform and streamline our Cold War force structure to
    meet the threats of the 21st century, starting with no longer allowing
    the “gee-whiz” gear that’s supposedly revolutionizing our military
    machine to hog the budget. Instead, our tip-of-the-spear airmen,
    soldiers, sailors and Marines will once again be given the highest
    priority — in wages and material, in combat-readiness and training –
    according to the tried-and-true maxim that warriors win battles, not
    wonder weapons.

  • How they’ll recruit and retain the best and brightest leaders and
    grunts to serve in our active and reserve units and eliminate the
    Perfumed Prince generals and admirals who’ve forgotten our warriors and
    no longer set the example in their self-serving rush to scurry to the
    top of the promotion ladder.

  • How the destructive “kinder-gentler” social experiments that have
    been slammed down our military’s throat over the past eight years will
    be eliminated, and how the traditional military culture — read warrior
    ethic — that’s won our battles from Yorktown to Kuwait City will be
    returned immediately.

  • How the recommendations of the Kassebaum Commission to end
    combined Initial Entry Training — boot camp — of males and females
    will be implemented, and how women will be pulled from all ground combat
    units ASAP.

  • How our nuclear arsenal will be cut by at least 50 percent, and
    what steps will be taken to provide these apocalyptic weapons, and
    facilities such as Los Alamos, with at least the same security coverage
    as Chelsea Clinton presently enjoys.

  • How they plan to care for the millions of vets who’ve been
    victimized by the Department of Veteran Affairs’ long-term neglect,
    wrongdoing and deceit. And how they plan to modernize and revitalize the
    VA, one of the most worm-eaten of U.S. government institutions.

  • How they’ll provide our retired professional servicemen and women
    – who since 1941 in war after war put their lives on the line while
    suffering long separations from their loved ones — with a comprehensive
    medical and health plan at least equal to those of retired lawmakers and
    fat-cat federal civil servants. And not forget that when our patriots
    enlisted to defend this country, they were contractually promised these
    benefits in exchange for living a life of hurts, standing downrange and
    being shot at by bad guys who wanted to paint them red. (Now they’re in
    line behind recent arrivals from Third World countries, who actually
    receive the same level of medical benefits — through Medicare — as our
    brave and scarred.)

  • How they’ll expand our national cemeteries so that those who’ve
    served our country in war and peace will be provided the same military
    burial at the end of their journey as our most distinguished generals.
    And how these heroes will no longer be hustled through insulting two-bit
    tape recordings of taps with — if they’re lucky — a few members of an
    unfunded veterans group to honor them and hand over the flag to their
    loved ones on behalf of a supposedly grateful nation.

Then in mid-August we can ask the Democrats in Los Angeles to
show us theirs. Only then will we truly be able to make an informed
decision on who should be our next commander in chief.

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