Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served our country. Here are a few groups that I believe deserve our support today...

The USO, famous for its work to boost the morale of troops serving around the world.

The Wounded Warrior Project, which supports those who suffered serious injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here and here are profiles of two warriors with New York connections.

And the Honor Flight Network organizes trips for World War II veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I know someone who happened to be at Reagan National Airport in Washington when an Honor Flight arrived, and he said it was inspiring, with cheers and applause filling the terminal as the veterans walked off their plane.

The Heritage Foundation celebrates Veterans Day by highlighting the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which offers short video biographies of over 100 Medal of Honor recipients.

The Weekly Standard looks at The Significance of Veterans Day and examines presidential commemorations of this special day throughout history – including President Obama’s this year, which doesn’t hold up well to scrutiny.

The Washington Times has an interesting look at how the Occupy Wall Street hoodlums are desperate to make it seem as though their protests are supported by veterans.

Bad news for our military on Veterans Day, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns of serious consequences if the deficit “super-committee” fails to reach a deal and sweeping defense cuts are implemented.

As we remember the courage shown by America’s veterans, stories like this remind us of the cowardice shown by many of our politicians, all the way up to the White House.

Proving that he doesn’t have the guts to take on the special interests who are funding his campaign, President Obama has put off an important decision on opening up the Keystone Pipeline – even though this simple act could create more than 20,000 jobs for Americans (and for quite a few veterans in the states that would benefit from this energy expansion).

President Obama says he’s simply being cautious, and that “we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed and all the potential impacts are properly understood” – and Obama’s environmentalist allies claim this decision is “a very courageous stand.” I say the only “impact” Obama is worried about is how any decision will affect his reelection.

What do you think – is President Obama’s decision an act of courage or political cowardice? Vote today in our new Weekly Poll.

And of course, have a great Veterans Day and a wonderful weekend.

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