Thursday, December 1, 2005

Cpl Jeffrey Starr letter; there was more not included in President's speech yesterday

Bush discussed a letter found on the laptop of Corporal Jeffrey B. Starr: see at link

Bush left out, as Paul Harvey says, the rest of the story at NY Times

Another member of the 1/5, Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr, rejected a $24,000 bonus to re-enlist. Corporal Starr believed strongly in the war, his father said, but was tired of the harsh life and nearness of death in Iraq. So he enrolled at Everett Community College near his parents' home in Snohomish, Wash., planning to study psychology after his enlistment ended in August.

But he died in a firefight in Ramadi on April 30 during his third tour in Iraq. He was 22.

Sifting through Corporal Starr's laptop computer after his death, his father found a letter to be delivered to the marine's girlfriend. "I kind of predicted this," Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. "A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances."

The President of the United States should have respected his memory by being honest about Cpl. Starr's story. He was not.

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