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Dan Rather Delivers Powerful Tribute to Marines in Iraq
MRC ^ | 11/11/04 | Brent Baker

Posted on 11/12/2004 9:31:04 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

No matter how obnoxious of a conservative-bashing liberal crusader Dan Rather is much of the time, when he returns to his patriotic Texas roots, he does so powerfully -- as he did Wednesday night in concluding the CBS Evening News with an emotional tribute to U.S. Marines. With a photo on screen of a grizzled Marine in Fallujah, Rather urged viewers: "Study it, absorb it, think about it. Then take a deep breath of pride. And if your eyes don't dampen, you're a better man or woman than I. Where such men come from and what will happen to our country when they cease to come, we can wonder with worry. But for now, we have them, and they are there in that brown hell known as Iraq. Whatever you may think of the war, they went for the right reason: They loved their country."

At the end of the November 10 newscast, Rather asked: "Now, if I may, with your indulgence, this is personal."

Up on screen, CBS displayed a picture, by Los Angeles Times photographer Luis Sinco, of a Marine in Fallujah with dirt of his face, blood on his nose and a cigarette hanging from his mouth.

As the photo enlarged and CBS zoomed in, Rather asserted: "The picture, did you see it? The best war photograph of recent years is in many newspapers today, front page in some. Taken by Luis Sinco of the Los Angeles Times, it is this close-up of a U.S. Marine on the front lines of Fallujah. He is tired, dirty and bloodied, dragging on that cigarette, eyes narrowed and alert, not with the thousand-yard stare of a dazed infantryman so familiar to all who have seen combat firsthand up close. No, this is a warrior with his eyes on the far horizon, scanning for danger. See it, study it, absorb it, think about it. Then take a deep breath of pride. And if your eyes don't dampen, you're a better man or woman than I. Where such men come from and what will happen to our country when they cease to come, we can wonder with worry. But for now, we have them, and they are there in that brown hell known as Iraq. Whatever you may think of the war, they went for the right reason [Rather back on screen in place of the picture]: They loved their country. May these men and women of honor, valor, integrity and loyalty know that they, their deeds and their sacrifices are not forgotten. That can be validated by every schoolchild in America being shown the picture and having it explained to them, lest they, and we, forget. For the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather reporting. Good night."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cbsnews; iraq; rather; tribute
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1 posted on 11/12/2004 9:31:04 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Dan is a whore. Sorry if I offend whores.


2 posted on 11/12/2004 9:33:14 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Oooooooooo Dan Blather trying to redeem himself is like an outside toilet being sprayed with "Smell B-Gone". He's tainted and his odorous smell can't be covered up.


3 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:02 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Too little, too late.


5 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:31 AM PST by zlala
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To: SMARTY

Dan is still a POS.
I do however have that moving photo as my wallpaper.


6 posted on 11/12/2004 9:34:50 AM PST by AirForceMom (I have post-election elation syndrome)
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To: SMARTY

No offence taken. (hehehe)


7 posted on 11/12/2004 9:35:02 AM PST by ruready4eternity (Carpet Bomb FALLUJAH!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Amazing, isn't it, he clearly gets what this marine is up to- but seems incapable of carrying that one thought through to it's logical conclusion(s).

A man at war with himself, in the grand liberal flip-flop tradition.


8 posted on 11/12/2004 9:35:54 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless our troops.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

I'm from Wisconsin, where cheese is revered. Rather is too cheesy even for me.

He could stand on his head stark naked professing his love for GWB and I still wouldn't watch.


9 posted on 11/12/2004 9:36:06 AM PST by Buttaboom (I didn't play Dungeons and Dragons all those years and not learn a little something about courage.)
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To: ruready4eternity

Actually, whores must be way more honorable than journalists. Whores are what they are and do not pretend to anything else. They make a straight forward deal and stick to it. Journalism, well... that's nothing nearly so authentic or honorable.


10 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:00 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Any link to the photo?


11 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:04 AM PST by RtWngr
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Coming from Rather, wouldn't we say he is damning
w/ faint praise?

What the hell are you doing watching CBS anyway?

MV


12 posted on 11/12/2004 9:38:53 AM PST by madvlad ((Born in the south, raised around the globe and STILL republican))
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

What a difference bad ratings make.


13 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:16 AM PST by blake6900
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14 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:25 AM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2004, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: AirForceMom

Where did you find the picture? I would like to see it.


15 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:27 AM PST by UseYourHead (Smith & Wesson: The original point-and-click interface)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Many innocents have been murdered, hung, and beheaded (or "Rathered")
due to that lying traitorous POS and servant-monkey of the DNC.
16 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:36 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Then I say unto you, send men to summon ... worms. And let us go to Fallujah to collect heads.")
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To: SMARTY

I'm not a whore, more of a slut really.


17 posted on 11/12/2004 9:39:37 AM PST by correctthought (Hippies, want to change the world, but all they ever do is smoke pot and smell bad)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

Post the pic bump! Bump that POS rather off the air.


18 posted on 11/12/2004 9:41:22 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Thank You America!! For re-electing G W Bush of course!!!)
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To: correctthought

Big club, really. If we would all be honest.


19 posted on 11/12/2004 9:41:33 AM PST by SMARTY ('Stay together, pay the soldiers, forget everything else." Lucius Septimus Severus, to his sons)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think Dan might be trying to hang onto his job. Maybe that internal investigation is getting somewhere after all.

But then again, maybe it isn't.
20 posted on 11/12/2004 9:42:12 AM PST by StJacques
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