On Tuesday, following an address to the American Legion's national convention in Reno, Bush met with northern Nevada family members of soldiers who have perished in combat. Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in combat in Afghanistan, was not invited, even though other relatives of Sgt. Stewart were. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sgt. Stewart's parents and brother were invited to the brief, private meeting with the president. So was the widow of one of the other National Guardsmen killed with Sgt. Stewart when their Chinook helicopter was shot down.
Why wasn't the widow invited? Because she sued the VA on behalf of her dead husband - she wanted to have the Wiccan pentagram placed on his tombstone. But the Wiccan faith isn't recognized by "our" government... so she had to go to court to defend her (and our) supposed freedom of religion.
In addition to the obvious religious bias out government exudes, the above demonstrates the level of "love for the troops" our leader truly has.
As most people who read this blog already know -- GW is simply a political opportunist: and one of the worst-kind if you ask me. He uses the flag, faith and "family values" to mask him incompetence and greed (for both power and $$).
Self-deception is the start of all decline... It gives me no pleasure to note that the US is on the broad road to irrelevance. If GWs legacy is anything, its that he added a few lanes to that highway.
Update 30 Aug 2007
Today, Bush called Stewart and apologized for failing to invite her to the meeting with veterans’ families. He also said he does not believe the Wiccan faith should be discriminated against.
Better late than never...