23 July, 2005

Kennedy Update

The Washington Times reports that Ted Kennedy D-MA and Daniel Akaka D-HI heard it from the soldiers at Gitmo:

Soldiers from Massachusetts and Hawaii who work at the U.S. military detention facility at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, gave visiting home-state senators a piece of their mind last week.

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough of The Washington Times list only "Pentagon officials" as their source. Kennedy has had no comment on the incident, and Akaka replied that he did, indeed, meet with soldiers from Hawaii, but that he did not receive any complaints.

I can't imagine anyone being thrilled by accusations that they were similar to mass killers like Stalin and Pol Pot, so it doesn't seem to be much of a stretch to accept the "Pentagon officials" who spoke with the Times. Soldiers gave Rumsfeld an earful about their being under armored. Prompting the infamous, "you go to war with the army you have" line. So it would seem our men and women in the armed forces are not afraid to speak up. Damn good for them and us.

The Times quotes Kennedy as saying he was "impressed with the courtesies and professionalism of the men and women in our armed forces."

Thursday, July 21, Kennedy said "Last Friday, I traveled to Guantanamo in the wake of serious and distressing reports of prisoner abuse. I continue to have those concerns." I guess he wasn't that impressed after all.


beakerkin said...

I would have paid to hear what the soldiers said to the Senator from Chapaquidic

Warren said...

"I would have paid to hear what the soldiers said to the Senator from Chapaquidic"

How about, "Care to go for a swim, Senator?"

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