An Honorable Man
|by Anne Morse|
Chuck's BreakPoint commentary today deals with the raw deal given to General Peter Pace, who was not re-nominated to serve a second term as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, as is usual, because his supporters knew he'd be put through a televised Senate show trial over his telling a reporter that he believed both adultery and homosexual sodomy were immoral. As far as I know, no adulterers complained, but homosexual groups, along with homosexual editors at the nation's newspapers (and their supporters), pretended such views--shared by most Americans--were the sickest, most twisted thing they'd ever heard, not counting what they might hear on a typical night in a gay bar.
I thought it was not possible to feel more contempt than I already did for those who decided to demonize this honorable man for political gain. I was wrong. Sitting in the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, yesterday, waiting for my son to complete an appointment, I paged through a copy of The Journal, a hospital newspaper. On page three of yesterday's edition was the headline "Pace Picnic Honors America's Wounded Heroes." Beneath the headline was a photograph of General Pace in the front yard of his home at Ft. Myers, Virginia, shaking hands with wounded service members from the Navy Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The general and his wife had invited these wounded warriors and their families for a picnic last Saturday. An excerpt from the story:
Kids played Frisbee or kicked around hacky sacks. Clowns made balloon animals. There was fried chicken, ribs, potato salad, and desserts. Adults sat around tables, ate, talked and listened as a combo from the Marine Corps Band played country songs. . . .
Army Spc. Caleb Huss, an infantryman from New Brighton, Minn., watched the festivities from his wheelchair and held his two-month-old son, Logan. Huss was serving in Kunar province in Afghanistan when an automobile accident ended his tour two weeks before he was due to come home.
"I want to stay on active duty, but I don't know if I can yet," Huss said.
Despite the abrupt ending of a distinguished career in the glare of ugly publicity, General Pace is going about his usual business: Taking care of his men.
God bless him.