Originally created 11/30/00

Korea war vet disparages vice president-elect Cheney 113000 - The Augusta Chronicle



I had to clean my glasses. I couldn't believe what I was reading on the editorial page of the Republican Chronicle.

Things like: "Texas Gov. George W. Bush showed up for reserve duty." "Former Vice President Dan Quayle got a nice National Guard post." Re: "Visiting an old enemy," Nov. 21.

I am sure you just forgot to include your heropatriot Dick ("The $40 Million Man") Cheney who you so eloquently ordained in your July 26 editorial, "The Cheney choice."

Allow me to assist you in your cleansing process. Mr. "$40 Million Man" got four student deferments during the Vietnam War and then a fifth because his wife, Lynn, was pregnant.

Your hero/patriot got a $40 million retirement package from Halliburton Co. when he retired as chief executive office after having been employed by them for five years.

Halliburton had a sole-source contract with the Pentagon and it was reported that they made $2 billion. That's "B" as in billion. Of course, they could give your hero/patriot $40 million and never miss it. Do you suppose Halliburton would have gotten that contract if "$40 Million Man" Cheney had never been secretary of Defense?

Now, let me tell you about one of my heroes. He was in the 2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, Company C, 27th Infantry Wolfhounds, 25th Division. He was on a hill in South Korea in late July, 1950.

The North Koreans attacked. He threw himself on a hand grenade to protect his friends and fellow soldiers. Yes, it killed him.

He has been dead 50 years as of this past July. Perhaps it is destiny that I am alive for the sole purpose of writing this letter.

Let me say this as plainly as I know how. I wouldn't swap one "Fuzzy" for all the Republicans who are in the Congress of this republic, let alone one Dick Cheney and a "cocky punk" from Texas.

I thank God Almighty that I do not choose my heroes as seen through your GOP eyes.

Richard D. Renew, Martinez