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Posted: 8/25/2005 2:51:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 2:53:19 AM EDT by Charging_Handle]

Dead Hero's Father Tears into Clinton
London Sunday Times

May 29, 1994, Sunday

BYLINE: James Adams

It was the moment President Bill Clinton wanted to restore his tattered reputation with the military before his departure for the D-Day celebrations in Europe this week, James Adams reports.

He had just presented posthumous Congressional Medals of Honour, America's highest military decoration, to the widows of two soldiers for valour in Somalia. After inviting the families for a moment of quiet reflection in the Oval Office, the president approached Herbert Shughart, the father of one of the two soldiers, and offered his hand.

To his astonishment the handshake was declined. ''You are not fit to be president of the United States,'' said Shughart Senior. ''The blame for my son's death rests with the White House and with you. You are not fit to command.''

The president reeled and the unprecedented onslaught continued for some minutes. According to witnesses it was a ''highly charged emotional moment'' which resulted in Clinton trying to explain to Shughart,Sr. why the events of that day last October were not his fault.

Shughart and his colleague, both sergeants, were killed trying to rescue fellow rangers from a vicious fire-fight in which 18 died and 75 were wounded. A later Pentagon investigation revealed that the troops had been refused the right equipment and there was no political or military plan to justify the Americ an presence in Somalia. Although the president has tried to escape the blame, he is largely credited with the failure of the whole American effort to bring peace to Somalia. According to witnesses to the Oval Office scene, the Shughart family remained unconvinced by the president's arguments.

''The medal doesn't help anything, other than that we are grateful that Randy will be remembered in such an honourable way,'' said Lois Shughart, the soldier's mother.

Since the row, the White House has been desperate to contain the damage in advance of the D-Day celebrations. ''Everyone wants to make sure that the president arrives in Europe as the commander in chief and not as a man seen as unfit to lead,'' said one White House source. Weeks of feverish preparation have gone into the European trip to commemorate the Normandy landings and it has been designed to attract reflected glory for the president, who avoided the draft during the Vietnam war. Yesterday in his Memorial Day address, the day when America honours its war dead, Clinton said there were limits to committing US troops abroad in the new post-Cold War era. The greatest challenge, he said, came from the ''the smouldering embers of ethnic and religious hatreds'' in places like Bosnia and Rwanda. ''We cannot dispatch our troops to solve every problem where our values are offended by human misery, and we should not,'' Clinton said. ''We are prepared to defend ourselves and our fundamental interests when they are threatened.''



I bet those praising her would not be so quick to support Mr. Shughart.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:04:35 AM EDT
I concur.

He had no shortage of apologists for his screw-ups.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:15:04 AM EDT
i don't see the connection?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:17:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By hardcorps1775:
i don't see the connection?



The left didn't hold Willie accountable for the mess he made of Somalia. They gave him a pass.

Classic double standard.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:19:28 AM EDT
ahhh, i see. i agree then. of course, both sides have apologists but it DO seem to me that republicans criticise their leaders a lot more than the democraps do...
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:25:48 AM EDT


The left didn't hold Willie accountable for the mess he made of Somalia. They gave him a pass.



Of course they gave him a pass. He's a Lib who discrased the Oval office with infedelity.

Why would the mass media want to chastise that?
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 3:40:59 AM EDT
This story was a footnote in most major media sources. Most people have never heard of the incident. I've told many dems about it and, with one exception, none believed me.

Eddie
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:35:11 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/27/2005 8:50:55 AM EDT by theprofessor]
The endless and pointless Cindy "dogface" Sheehan story is another example of a double standard within the leftist media. on a daily basis the media neglects to tell the real story:

No mention of how wacko this lady is. No mention of her documented support of terrorist. No mention of her estrangment from her dead soldier son. No mention of her documented long anti war stand. No mention of her negative comments about our nation.

What a tool she is
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:53:35 AM EDT

Originally Posted By theprofessor:
The endless and pointless Cindy "dogface" Sheehan story is another example of a double standard within the leftist media. on a daily basis the media neglectes to tell the real story:

No mention of how wacko this lady is. No mention of her documented support of terrorist. No mention of her estrangment from her dead soldier son. No mention of her documented long anti war stand. No mention of her negative comments about our nation.

What a tool she is




They can state the facts while telling a lie.
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