The Corner

Re: General Merrill McPeak

Return fire:

“Mr. Derbyshire—I wasn’t going to contribute my two cents on McPeak but

seeing that dissenting opinion you posted on the Corner irritated me no end.

McPeak was a horrible chief of staff, something that seems to be in

agreement with most men and women I know who were in the Airforce at the

time. As to his 269 combat missions – that makes him a dedicated pilot, a

brave airman, and someone who did his duty to his country – it does not

reflect on someone’s leadership or make them ‘right’ on the issues of the

day.

PS. I first heard about the advertisement yesterday from a friend who is

also in the USAF and called to complain upon seeing the McPeak ad. Alas,

living in the red state headquarters of Texas and Alaska the last five years

I get to see none of the political ads addressed to the ’swing voters’.”

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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