Originally created 05/08/00

Attorney general a great military hero

She was the Marines at Iwo Jima and Chosen Reservoir and the Army at Normandy, Bastogne and Pusan. She was the Navy at Midway and the Air Force at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

President Bill Clinton saw up close and personal what pure raw guts look like; wearing lipstick and a dress, too.

She was Gen. George Patton, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Matthew Bunker Ridgeway and Lt. Gen. Walton H. "Bulldog" Walker all rolled into one.

She is the pure essence of what all these politicians who would not serve in Vietnam are not.

Oh, how much sweeter it would have been if Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss, Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas, Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, and Texas Gov. George W. Bush had been in great Uncle Lazaro Gonzalez' house and resisted the efforts of those brave red-blooded patriots to rescue Elian; then they would have been justified in slapping them up side the head with a rifle butt.

Rest assured it would not have knocked any sense into them, but it sure as heck would have knocked a lot of nonsense out. A big old knot would then form on their heads as a reminder that Attorney General Janet Reno was in charge of "Operation Elian."

God Bless you, Gen. Reno.

Richard D. Renew, Martinez


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