With Friday being the 13th, I thought a "Friday the 13th" joke was being played on me while reading David Thomas' letter ("Blame goes around, buck stops there"). In it he states that "I have not heard any Democrat calling our military Nazis or excoriating them."
To use his own words, I know for a fact they have, and would like to cite an example if you would permit. On June 14, 2005, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., did just that: "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others - that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."
In 2005, Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) called a group of Marines (of which he is a retired member) "cold-blooded killers" before anything was known about the case. ...
While Mr. Thomas claims to have a "friend" who was in the military in the early years of the war who "took pictures and gave them to the CID and some were released to the media," I would counter that in any organization there are 10 percent bad apples. However, the ones who committed these atrocities have been found guilty and are serving their sentences at Fort Leavenworth.
There are mistakes that have been made, but the majority of people who have to continually go back want to see this through. My husband would rather return again so that our little 3-year-old son doesn't have to one day.
Terri Hammersmith, Augusta