Lots of email along these lines, including a few from Iraq:
Outstanding column and I couldn’t agree with you more. I served in the Navy from ‘79 to ‘99 and I think Sheehan is showing the utmost disrespect to her son. No one forced him into the military – he volunteered. Casey Sheehan, just like the rest of us who’ve served in the military for the last 30 plus years, raised his right hand and without duress or coercion took the following oath to:
“…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed overme, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
Casey did what he thought was right, no matter how misguided his mother thought it was. She has a right to grieve, a right to protest, and a right to express her opinions on the war. She also has a responsibility to respect her son’s service to our Nation as he was not only fighting for President Bush, but for his mother as well.