President Bush said Thursday he sympathizes with war protesters like the mother camped outside his Texas ranch demanding answers for her solider-son’s death, but he said he believes it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.
A skeptical base-closing commission questioned whether the Defense Department’s plan to reorganize the Air National Guard would mean new risks for homeland security Thursday as the Pentagon and state officials squared off over the proposal.
Despite a zero-tolerance policy on tampering with voters, the Republican Party has quietly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide private defense lawyers for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to keep Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
She busted down doors of Iraqi arms dealers in house-to-house raids in Fallujah. She seized caches of weapons and took prisoners. She fired her machine gun from a Humvee and was shot at while wearing the uniform of the United States military. She still can’t hear thunder without thinking of incoming mortar fire. But the Department of Defense won’t say Sgt. Maria Freudigmann was in combat.