The Strongest Tribe

[From my dad. - BL]

The following quote appears in Bing West's recent book on Iraq. It is in the discussion of Bush's dismissal of Gen. Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Though I was very moved for very personal reasons by this quote when I read it, I thought of you and thought you would also appreciate the meaning and power of the event.

"Several months after Pace, who had been a platoon commander in Vietnam, had left the Pentagon, a visitor at the Vietnam Memorial found four silver stars tucked away under the marble wall, with a note expressing his love and respect. The names above the stars included those of the Marines who had died serving in Pace's platoon".

p. 277, "The Strongest Tribe: War, Politics and the Endgame in Iraq", Bing West, Random House, 2008

See photos on Leatherneck here.

See CNN video here and transcript here.

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