The Greatest of Honors
"In closing, I want to comment briefly on those serving our nation in Iraq. We have asked a great deal of them and of their families, and they have made enormous sacrifices.
"My keen personal awareness of the strain on them and on the force as a whole has been an important factor in my recommendations.
"The Congress, the executive branch and our fellow citizens have done an enormous amount to support our troopers and their loved ones. And all of us are grateful for that.
"Nothing means more to those in harm's way than the knowledge that their country appreciates their sacrifices and those of their families. Indeed, all Americans should take great pride in the men and women serving our nation in Iraq and in the courage, determination, resilience and initiative they demonstrate each and every day. It remains the greatest of honors to soldier with them."
Too bad John Kerry didn't feel the same way about his comrades in arms. If he had, they might have felt the same way about him.