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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway”

- John Wayne

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Blogger JVF said ... (4:29 PM) : 

Marion Mitchell Morrison quotes may be resonant, but the source shallows them when they seem war-related (as MMM was only a movie warrior) -- while i yearn for us to remember the words of Harry Patch (the last living UK veteran of WWI, who just died), "War is organized murder", we have war heroes, and they sometimes speak eloquently -- here's one, talking about another, and dissing a chicken hawk, on CNN a few months back -- 'strapped it on for his country':

Former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura laid into Dick Cheney on CNN Monday night for, among other things, supporting waterboarding and maligning a “war hero” during an interview on Sunday.

“I was water boarded, so I know — at SERE School, Survival Escape Resistance Evasion,” the former wrestler who gained his first mainstream fame playing a role in the sci-fi actioner Predator told CNN’s Larry King. “It was a required school you had to go to prior to going into the combat zone, which in my era was Vietnam. All of us had to go there. We were all, in essence — every one of us was water boarded. It is torture.”

King asked, “What was it like?”

“It’s drowning,” Ventura responded. “It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you — I’ll put it to you this way, you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I’ll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.”

“I don’t have a lot of respect for Dick Cheney,” Ventura said. “Here’s a guy who got five deferments from the Vietnam War. Clearly, he’s a coward. He wouldn’t go when it was his time to go. And now he is a chicken hawk. Now he is this big tough guy who wants this hardcore policy. And he’s the guy that sanctioned all this torture by calling it enhanced interrogation.”

King asked, “Do you think Rush Limbaugh’s a better Republican than Colin Powell?”

“No, not at all,” Ventura said. “In fact, if you compare the two, let’s look at Colin Powell, who’s a war hero, who strapped it on for his country, and didn’t run and hide.”


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