Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

February 23, 2013

These three Vietnam veterans could stand some scrutiny

I have for several weeks contemplated the nominations of two former Vietnam vets to Obama’s administration and the position of one veteran in the political arena.

The three are Colin Powell, John Kerry and Chuck Hagel. It can be said of Powell and Hagel that their combat service was honorable, Kerry’s is subject to scrutiny at best. My problem is wondering what happen to these guys’ value system after they entered politics. Allow me to analyze each.

I recently watched Colin Powell on Fox News, the O’Reilly factor. He was asked about his sudden turn around from Republican values to a seemingly Democratic position on everything from the economy to Obama’s handling of the Nation’s affairs.

I must say I was greatly disappointed by his answers and concluded he is a Republican in name only and I suspect he will soon switch parties.

What is so disturbing is that Powell started at the bottom and worked his way up the ladder of success to become a four-star general, no easy task to say the least, however it appears he has bought into Obama’s socialist agenda of spreading the wealth around in other words a left-leaning liberal.

 As of this writing Kerry has been confirmed as secretary of state, but as a veteran of Vietnam (1967-68), 23rd Infantry Division, I still have some issues with Kerry.

As I stated earlier his combat record is subject to scrutiny but what bothers me more was his conduct after returning to the states.

He has admitted to throwing his medals over the fence at the White House and at a Congressional hearing stated (while troops were still in the field) that they conducted themselves like animals akin to Genghis Khan, raping and killing Vietnam civilians.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The troops I served with served with honor and nothing less. His anti-war position will be interesting to watch as he conducts the State Department’s business. Will there be another Libya controversy, only time will tell.

 And finally, Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. It appears that Hagel’s past remarks have come back to bite him, especially his position on Israel. According to him, Israel is using its power to manipulate our politicians to support their positions.

And his Iran views are off the chart. He apparently thinks negotiations will cause Iran to stop building atomic weapons. Fat chance.

And then we have North Korea, China, Syria, the Middle East. It is my personal view the Obama administration could do much better at picking a Secretary of Defense. We don’t need someone who is nothing more than a stamp for Obama’s positions.

 In closing allow me to state for the record, I am extremely proud of my Vietnam service, and I still hold to the conservative viewpoint that states this is still the country of opportunities if you are willing to work hard to achieve your goals. God Bless America!!

  Terry Copeland

Cumberland

 

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Get involved Get involved

    Cumberland residents who want to make an impact on their community have an opportunity in that the city is seeking applicants for five of its boards.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • If we don’t sell it to them, somebody else will

    The front page article on coal exports by AP writer Dina Cappiello is one of the most asinine and biased “news” articles I’ve read (“Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad,” July 29 Times-News, Page 1A).

    July 30, 2014

  • Not a villain Not a villain

    Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
    These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where is it?

    Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo