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Jessica Lynch Awarded Bronze Star !
Kansas City Star ^ | 7/22/2003 | Gavin McCormick

Posted on 07/22/2003 1:36:56 AM PDT by ex-Texan

Jessica Lynch Awarded Bronze Star

Lynch Gets Medals Ahead of Homecoming

ELIZABETH, W.Va. - Former POW Jessica Lynch was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Washington Monday as she prepares for her homecoming.

Lynch, who returns to the hills of West Virigina Tuesday, also received Prisoner of War medals at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. The Bronze Star is given for meritorious combat service, a Purple Heart is most often awarded to those wounded in combat, and the POW for being held captive during wartime.

"The Purple Heart ... was not necessarily about being wounded or injured in action initially, but that's what it has come to symbolize," said Lt. Gen. James B. Peake, the Army Surgeon General, in presenting the medals. "It's a special award and not one you choose to get."

Four members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's aviation support unit in Parkersburg were chosen to staff the helicopter that she will ride home in.

"Minus all the hype, this mission is about being able to participate in the homecoming of one of our own," said Chief Warrant Officer Robert McClure, who will co-pilot the Black Hawk helicopter with Chief Warrant Officer Jim McPeak. "It's a real honor."

Lynch, still recuperating from multiple broken bones and other injuries, and her parents are scheduled to fly from the medical center to Elizabeth. The 210-mile trip should last two to three hours, depending on the weather.

Also on both legs of the flight will be Lynch's cousin, Dan Little, a first sergeant in the Parkersburg National Guard unit.

"Jessi trusts him and wanted him to be with her because he's been through most of it with her," said Wyonema Lynch, Lynch's grandmother, noting that Little traveled to Germany when Lynch was recuperating there.

Little, who has spoken twice with Lynch in the past week, said her spirits have been buoyed by her imminent trip home.

"She's a strong, disciplined young lady," Little said. "Her injuries are long healing, and that can be hard if you dwell on it. But she's not allowed that to happen."

With hundreds of news media and others descending on this Wirt County seat of about 1,000 for Lynch's first public comments about her ordeal, area residents have been painting, pruning and preening for weeks.

"We are excited just to see her, just to be able to give her hug. To Jessi, home is in the hills. She has been wanting to get here," her grandmother said.

Regina Ray of Elizabeth said she is glad Lynch is coming home "because there is no place like home to recover."

American flags and yellow bows line the route Lynch's military motorcade will take from Elizabeth to her home in Palestine, a community of about 300 residents some five miles away.

Lynch is scheduled to make a brief statement in Elizabeth before riding in a Ford Mustang convertible in the motorcade.

Lynch's convoy was ambushed near the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after it made a wrong turn. Eleven soldiers from the convoy were killed and Lynch, a supply clerk, was severely injured.

U.S. forces recovered Lynch at a Nasiriyah hospital April 1. Five other 507th Maintenance Company soldiers who were captured and held apart from Lynch were freed April 13.

The influx of hundreds of visitors, including many journalists here to report Lynch's first public words since her March wounding, capture and rescue in Iraq, is bringing needed cash to Wirt County, which has West Virginia's highest unemployment rate - 15.1 percent.

The economic benefits dampen the annoyance many residents feel at the intense media interest in Lynch.

"They're anxious to see you come, and they'll be anxious to see you leave," said Keith Burdette, Gov. Bob Wise's legislative liaison and the county's former state senator.

Also on the flight will be the crew chief, Sgt. 1st Class Vernon Cosner of Washington, and flight medic, Sgt. Paula Tucker of Morgantown.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 507th; bronzestar; ftbliss; jessicalynch; lynch; medals; pfclynch; pow; purpleheart; texas; warhero; womenincombat; wva
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Just as I predicted months ago to loud criticism by several very vocal FReepers.
1 posted on 07/22/2003 1:36:56 AM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan; Stingray51
The awarding of spurious medals only cheapens the honor of those who deserved them. She did nothing to deserve the medal.
2 posted on 07/22/2003 1:39:09 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
From your lips to God's ears ! I will not post what I truly think about your post . . . but it is a vile slur.
3 posted on 07/22/2003 1:43:02 AM PDT by ex-Texan (My tag line is broken !)
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To: Rodney King
Well now what did they say she did?Could there be something you don't know?
4 posted on 07/22/2003 1:43:43 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Yeah, there could be. However the fact that they are not focusing on what she did would suggest that she didn't do anything but sit in a humvee that crashed. That's not meant as a disrespect to her, but there are probably a lot of guys in Iraq right now who did a lot more than that.
5 posted on 07/22/2003 1:45:51 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: ex-Texan
From your lips to God's ears ! I will not post what I truly think about your post . . . but it is a vile slur.

It's all relative. I think awarding a medal to her is a vile slur to everyone else who was engaged in combat. You can take the position that everyone deserves a medal, but in that case they should award a medal to everyone. What about the guys in her unit who died? I'll bet that some of them went down fighting. Don't they deserve medals? Isn't it a slur on them to give one to Lynch?

6 posted on 07/22/2003 1:48:02 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
I believe I'll withhold judgement until more is verified.
7 posted on 07/22/2003 1:49:12 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Rodney King
She was raped. That's why all the hush hush.
8 posted on 07/22/2003 2:06:14 AM PDT by zarf (Dan Rather is god.)
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To: Rodney King; xzins
I can understand the Purple Heart, but the Bronze Star?

xzins, what do you think?

9 posted on 07/22/2003 2:11:23 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: ex-Texan
Women's Role in Combat Questioned
10 posted on 07/22/2003 2:14:48 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Rodney King
You don't know that. None of us knows what really happened.
11 posted on 07/22/2003 2:15:28 AM PDT by rabidralph (Laughing while your manhood shrinks.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
To be clear, of course she deserves the Purple Heart. What bothers me is that she seems to be getting a medal solely for being a pretty white woman. What about the Apache pilot who was a POW? He's a man. What about the black lady who was a POW? She's black. I'm not saying that the Army takes that view, they are giving her the medal because she became a celebrity. But the reason she became a celebrity over the others is because she is a cute white woman. Oh, also because she lived. Her comrades who died did not have the opportunity to be POW's and celebrities, so they don't get any medals.

But hey, watch what is going to happen here. People will go absolutley nuts that by not favoring a bronze star for her, that we are attacking her. They will completely ignore that the awarding of a medal to someone who is undeserving is a much greater slur to those who died to earn theirs and those who did far more yet received nothing.

12 posted on 07/22/2003 2:19:04 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: rabidralph
That's exactly the problem. What is the government hiding and why?
13 posted on 07/22/2003 2:20:26 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: zarf
Why does everyone insist she was raped? It's almost like some kind of tabloid deal. I think it's a bad deal for Jessica to assume that. It would be sad to have everyone associating that with you if it didn't happen.

Do you remember the rest of her group that was rescued? I recall the woman from that group saying she was surprised how they were treated. She said she expected them to torture her or interrogate her, and instead they just sat down with a bottled water and asked her a couple of questions. Then they just kept shifting the prisoners off to different people.
14 posted on 07/22/2003 2:21:21 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Rodney King
Yeah, there could be. However the fact that they are not focusing on what she did would suggest that she didn't do anything but sit in a humvee that crashed. That's not meant as a disrespect to her, but there are probably a lot of guys in Iraq right now who did a lot more than that.

Meanwhile, there you sit, bravely hunkered down behind your keyboard, typing. And all those guys in Iraq will get their just reward from the DoD, but without the fanfare. I don't understant your bitterness.

15 posted on 07/22/2003 2:21:38 AM PDT by rabidralph (Laughing, while your manhood shrinks.)
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To: rabidralph
You don't know that. None of us knows what really happened.

Yes, that's true. But, it is fair to speculate on this forum, as that is what we do 99% of the time. Also, it is just as fair to speculate that she did not deserve the medal as it is to speculate that she did.

My speculation is that even in the best scenario, her actions did not rise above many others in her unit, and certainly not over many others in other units. It is plain to see that she has thus in all liklihood been issued a medal because of her celebrity status.

16 posted on 07/22/2003 2:21:53 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
She was given the medal precisely to put a feather in the cap of people who want non-combatant females on the front lines where they are more likely to be captured, tortured and raped.

Supposedly she tried to fight but her gun jammed. That's worth a bronze star these days?

17 posted on 07/22/2003 2:22:59 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
Yeah those Iraqis are princes of hospitality.

If she wasn't raped then the government can clear this all up by letting her tell her story, but they won't because they want to hide their guilt for sending her into the enemy's clutches unnecessarily.

18 posted on 07/22/2003 2:25:14 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: ex-Texan
I'm OK you're OK. Yadda yadda. Medals for everyone! You're a special unique individual, just like everyone else. Blah, blah, blah, gobbledeegook. Black berets to make us ALL feel special, civilians, too! Let's all feel special! Blah blah. General stars for every service man; three stars for each woman! Can't we all just get along? PC is good. Criticism is bad. Nothing special, nothing controversial or disagreeable in this post. Nothin to pull about or get upset over. Everyone is beautiful, in his or her or their transgenderal own waaaaay! Let's all just feel wonderful and group hugs all around. Happy happy joy joy!
19 posted on 07/22/2003 2:25:55 AM PDT by Thorondir
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To: ex-Texan
Well, I'm glad she's getting it and will enjoy watching her homecoming to her little town in West Virginia. But, I'm still opposed to sending women into combat.
20 posted on 07/22/2003 2:26:07 AM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: rabidralph
Meanwhile, there you sit, bravely hunkered down behind your keyboard, typing.

As we all do. Perhaps we should shut down the forum because its not fair to comment on anything from behind a keyboard.

And all those guys in Iraq will get their just reward from the DoD, but without the fanfare.

Will those in her unit who died get their just reward from the DOD? Will all those who risked their lives in combat be recognized? Probably not. That's life. But I can't imagine that some guy who was shot in combat likes the idea of someone else getting a medal because she is a celebrity. But I could be wrong. Perhaps the combat troops in Iraq are totally thrilled that she gets a medal on top of big bucks for her story, while they get nothing.

I don't understant your bitterness.

I'm not bitter. I am just stating my opinion, like we all do here all day long.

21 posted on 07/22/2003 2:26:17 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: rabidralph
I don't think we'll learn anything new, but isn't she supposed to speak to the press sometime today?

As far as degradation of medals go, I do have a problem with it but we must remember not to blame Jessica Lynch. She didn't make the rules. I think the Army and the higher ups have decided that America needs war heros and will take them anyway they can.
22 posted on 07/22/2003 2:26:47 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Thorondir
Women in the military must have lower standards for being awarded medals as well as the lower physical fitness standards.
23 posted on 07/22/2003 2:27:37 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I didn't say they were princes of hospitality. I'm saying what I heard this woman say on TV.

Unless Jessica tells it herself that she was raped, I think it's real sleazy to assume that she was.
24 posted on 07/22/2003 2:28:47 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Malesherbes
But, I'm still opposed to sending women into combat.

All women or just supply clerks?

25 posted on 07/22/2003 2:28:54 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: ex-Texan; All
I remember the other POWs from the 507th receiving their medals at a ceremony at Ft. Bliss about a month ago. The article I read listed the medals awarded to each soldier and what that soldier did to receive the medals. Shoshana Johnson, the only other female POW was reported to have received a bronze star, but no description of why. So Lynch and Johnson receive bronze stars and the reason for the awards are not given only in thier cases. I don't think the medals were awarded without merit, but that these two women suffered things that they would rather not have known.
26 posted on 07/22/2003 2:29:39 AM PDT by jaykay
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I think it's real sleazy to assume that she was.

No, it's only common sense. It's naive to assume she wasn't.

27 posted on 07/22/2003 2:31:02 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: ex-Texan
From a rollling Stone article on Recon Marines

.... Obtaining (Sgt) Colbert's respect is no small feat. He maintains high standards of personal and professional conduct and expects the same from those around him. This year he was selected as team leader of the year in First Recon. Last year he was awarded a Navy Commendation for helping to take out an enemy missile battery in Afghanistan, where he led one of the first teams of Marines on the ground. ...

I see the Navy routinely disburse Navy Commandation madals for being at work on a regular basis. I knew a special forces LtCol who recieved a bronze star for serving as Administration Officer during the first Gulf War.

Medals have been stripped of their value.
28 posted on 07/22/2003 2:32:26 AM PDT by opbuzz
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To: Rodney King
"What about the black lady who was a POW?"

THE "black lady" has a name: Shoshana Johnson. She received the same awards as Pfc. Lynch: Purple Heart, POW Medal and Bronze Star. All easy info to find, right here on FR.
29 posted on 07/22/2003 2:33:36 AM PDT by jaykay
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To: jaykay
Women joining the military need to know the truth about what may happen to them, specifically, that they may be ordered into the combat zone unnecessarily in order to suck up to feminazis who hate this "male-dominated" country and want to weaken our military's capabilities and morale.
30 posted on 07/22/2003 2:35:05 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Rodney King
I think you should write her home town Newspaper...Picket,protest,write your congressman,Harass the Secy of the Army..Contact Rumsfield.This cannot stand!
31 posted on 07/22/2003 2:35:23 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Well, you don't know what happened any more than I do. Difference is, your assuming you know what happened, and I'm not.

I'm sure she doesn't want people looking at her and thinking that she was raped. If she did, she'd tell us. And until she does, nobody knows.
32 posted on 07/22/2003 2:36:48 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: jaykay
THE "black lady" has a name: Shoshana Johnson. She received the same awards as Pfc. Lynch: Purple Heart, POW Medal and Bronze Star. All easy info to find, right here on FR.

OK, so more than once person earned a bronze star for doing far, far less then then people had to do in WW2 or Korea to get one.

33 posted on 07/22/2003 2:38:04 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
You don't want to know what happened and I do.
34 posted on 07/22/2003 2:38:21 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: MEG33
I think you should write her home town Newspaper...Picket,protest,write your congressman,Harass the Secy of the Army..Contact Rumsfield.This cannot stand!

Why do some people ge so outraged when others express their opinion on an online forum? I'd bet if I simply cliked on your name I would find hundreds of posts by you were you expressed your opinon on something, yet declined to do anything past expressing your opinion on thif forum.

35 posted on 07/22/2003 2:40:05 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Nothing, nothing so see here, folks. I would never say something controversial or confrontational like, "YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT!" because that might offend somebody sensitive, gentle, and special who just might be gunning for me at this time. Blah blah, yadda yadda, happy happy joy joy. I'm OK you're OK. Move along. Everything is beautiful and good and above criticism--especially those things that certain people hold very special and dear; things that I, of course, would never criticise again. blah blah, yadda... uhm... etcetera.
36 posted on 07/22/2003 2:42:11 AM PDT by Thorondir
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To: Tailgunner Joe
You don't want to know what happened and I do

Who told you that, the same person who told you Jessica was raped?

37 posted on 07/22/2003 2:42:18 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
We already know the fairy tales about her gunning down the enemy with a bayonet in her teeth were false. They were made up by the feminazis who want to pretend women can do anything men can.

Now we need to know the truth, because it won't advance the cause of further loosening the rules that restrict women from combat, and may actually help those of us who really care for women to undo the Clinton policies that led to this travesty.

38 posted on 07/22/2003 2:47:17 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: jaykay
I would like to see the narratives that accompany the medal. I look at my father's often. A DFC and the Air Medal with one silver and one bronze OLC. Those are something.

I've seen 3 bronze stars in my life. One was an USAF EOD guy from Desert Storm who had 2. He would have got them even under strict award criteria. The other was an Army Captain who got his during Desert Storm in Bradleys. Both guys are good friends.
39 posted on 07/22/2003 2:48:17 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: MEG33
Wow, sorry for all the typos in my above post.
40 posted on 07/22/2003 2:48:56 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Okay, I see where you're coming from.

Now, as a woman, I'm saying I wouldn't want that attributed to me if it didn't happen, or if I didn't want anyone to know.

41 posted on 07/22/2003 2:53:30 AM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Lijahsbubbe
The government can clear up all the confusion by telling us what really happened. I wonder what they have to hide.
42 posted on 07/22/2003 2:56:11 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I may have to correct an earlier post. Just a theory that the Army may have held the facts until today's press conference by Jessica Lynch to let her tell her own story. They may be leaving how much she wants to tell the public about what she does remember and her condition up to her.
43 posted on 07/22/2003 2:56:41 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Read Hillary's hips. I never had sex with that woman.")
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To: Rodney King
No problem.Yes..You can find many opinions on my page of posts.
44 posted on 07/22/2003 2:57:23 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Frankly, I don't think it should be up to her.

We need these questions answered for the sake of making sound military policy. Female recruits need to have full disclosure about their conditions of employment, not a fairy tale.

UNRESOLVED QUESTIONS: THE MYSTERY OF PFC. LYNCH: What We Need to Know About “Bloody Sunday”

45 posted on 07/22/2003 3:05:01 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
If you were raped,do you think you'd want to have the choice on whether to reveal it publically?
46 posted on 07/22/2003 3:05:20 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: MEG33
She didn't have the choice to disobey the orders that sent her into the combat zone, why should she now have the choice to conceal the consequences of those malicious orders?
47 posted on 07/22/2003 3:08:37 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I am not talking about keeping it from the army,they need to know..I don't.I'm talking about choosing to go public.
48 posted on 07/22/2003 3:11:33 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: ex-Texan
She gets a Broze Star for bravery, for standing her ground in the face of a relentless assault. Fending off media advances, she refused to dispute the made-up story of her heroic battle (which played well here at home on the TV helping Bush keep the war popular), instead claiming to have amnesia. She took one for the team, and now she gets her public relations medal.
49 posted on 07/22/2003 3:12:21 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: MEG33
The public deserves to know the consequences of the rapist Clinton's misogynistic policies designed to weaken our military and pander to feminazi lesbians.

This is not just a military issue, but a political one. If we don't pressure the President to cleanse himslef of this Clinton slime then he'll just let the same Clinton military advisers who made this policy continue it.

I could care less if Kobe Bryant's victim was raped, but Pfc. Lynch's rape has much greater political implications.

50 posted on 07/22/2003 3:16:35 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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