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    Default Veto signed with pen from a fallen Marine's father...

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050202410.html

    It's too bad that stories like this one are tucked away in the Washington Post. All the more reason why we need to let our warriors speak. The internet gives us the option to go on the offensive with IO, but not if we create policies that leave us permanently in react mode.

    Whatever happened to seize the day and encouraging initiative. Just need to give our warriors a little training and some guidance.

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    Very nice article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximus View Post
    It's too bad that stories like this one are tucked away in the Washington Post. All the more reason why we need to let our warriors speak. The internet gives us the option to go on the offensive with IO, but not if we create policies that leave us permanently in react mode.
    From this article I'm really unclear who you see as the IO target... the Democrats? Congress? American voters?

    This also isn't a case of letting warriors speak, but rather families doing so, so as to influence domestic political debates.

    From a political PR/campaign point-of-view, I'm not sure how successful it would be at all--I would suspect that for every member of the target audience who increased their support for Administration Iraq policy as a result of the photo op and sound bites, another saw it as cynical political manipulation of military casualties and was turned off.

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    It's hard to judge the resonance of personal feeling such IO would generate when it originates directly from the family and is not overtly political. Participant/personal belief in a cause or mission is not always as easily chalked off as mere political hacking and clearly the military rank and file aren't given their fair say in these matters.

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