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Wow! We'll all have to eat humble pie, now, & revise our views! BG. >From: Ted Glick <email@example.com> >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org >To: email@example.com >Subject: [IPPN] Bush Bravely Leads 3rd Infantry Into Battle >Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003 10:49:04 -0500 > >http://www.theonion.com/onion3911/bush_bravely_leads.html > >The Onion, 3/26/2003 > >Bush Bravely Leads 3rd Infantry Into Battle > >IRAQ-KUWAIT BORDER-As the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division began its >ground >assault on Iraq Monday, President Bush marched alongside the front-line >soldiers, bravely putting his own life on the line for his country by >personally participating in the attack. > >"Bush is the real deal, and when he talks about fighting for freedom, he >means it," said Pvt. Tom Scharpling, 21. "He'd never ask one of us grunts >to >take any risks for our country that he wasn't willing to take himself." > >According to reports from the front, many of the soldiers were initially >suspicious of the president, doubtful that an Ivy Leaguer who once used >powerful family connections to avoid service in Vietnam had what it took to >face enemy fire head-on. However, Bush-or, as his fellow soldiers nicknamed >him in a spirit of battlefield camaraderie, 'Big Tex'-quickly overcame the >platoon's reluctance to having a "fancy-pants Yalie" in its ranks. > >"Bush is the best soldier I've ever had the honor of fighting alongside," >said Pvt. Jon Benjamin, 23. "I'd take a bullet for that man, because I know >he'd take one for me if he had to." > >Proving himself a worthy foot soldier, Bush has earned the respect of his >fellow front-line combatants with acts of courage and heroism that one >soldier called "a truly inspiring example of one man's commitment to the >cause of liberty." > >"Just yesterday, George stormed an Iraqi machine-gun nest when our sergeant >took one in the belly," Pvt. Scott "Lumpy" Fellers, 20, told reporters. "We >were pinned down, cut off from our division, and it looked like curtains >for >us all. Thankfully, George was there. He ran through heavy artillery fire >and lobbed a grenade right into their bunker. If it hadn't been for him, >God >knows how many of us would've been coming home in body bags." > >"It's not just any president who would risk his life like the nation's men >in uniform do," Fellers added. "God bless him and everything he stands >for." > >Bush's courage, sources say, was evident from the earliest stages of the >war's planning. Though the Pentagon initially wanted an air war with >minimal >ground combat, Bush quickly dismissed this strategy, insisting that the >only >way a true and lasting victory could be achieved was to go in and >fight-dune >by dune, village by village-until Iraq was finally free. > >White House sources say Bush's decision to place his own life on the line >for his country met with resistance from top military leaders. > >"The Joint Chiefs of Staff kept telling him, 'Mr. President, we beg >you-stay >here in Washington, where it's safe.' But George was having none of it," >said Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, commander of the 3rd Infantry. "He was >adamant >that if our boys overseas were going to risk their lives for liberty, he >was >going to do the same. And, by God, he proved himself a man of his word." > >The president has only been in battle for less than a week, but he has >already proven himself more than willing to put himself in the line of >fire. > >"The president carried me through an enemy minefield after my arm had been >blown off by a mortar shell, blazing away with his pistol as he delivered >me >to safety," Pvt. Chris Adair said. "Then, after he'd gotten me to a medic, >he went all the way back through that same minefield-carrying a 40-pound >bag >of ice the whole way-to retrieve my severed arm so the doctors could sew it >back on. Now, thanks to President Bush, I'll still be able to play piano >for >the church choir back home in Appleton, just like I promised Grandma. He is >truly an American hero." > >Adair's comments were echoed by many of the soldiers fighting alongside >Bush. > >"I used to be cynical about politicians who are born into privilege and >wealth. I thought, 'Sure, they talk a good game about our duty to protect >democracy, but when push comes to shove, they'd rather send off the >nation's >poor, uneducated, and underprivileged to do the fighting for them,'" said >Pvt. Frank Elkins, 19. "I always figured they'd rather see somebody else >die >in some foreign land than make that sacrifice themselves. But now I know I >was wrong." > >"There may be some folks out there, born silver spoon in hand, who'd act >that way, but that ain't Bush. No, that ain't Bush," Elkins said. "He ain't >no fortunate son." > >© Copyright 2003 by Onion, Inc. All rights reserved. > > > > >--------------------------------- >Do you Yahoo!? >Yahoo! Platinum - Watch CBS' NCAA March Madness, live on your desktop! > >[Non-text portions of this message have been removed] > > >------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor ---------------------~--> >Make Money Online Auctions! 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