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Thought you might enjoy seeing my letter to my long time friend Rep. Ike Skelton. Ike is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
It has been many years since we first met, and as the Mayor of Belton I supported you for congress your first run. I have been proud to support you ever since.
Remember the many meetings we had at Richards Gebaur AFB, and the airman of the month meetings. Then there was the closing of the base, and meetings in Washington when you, and your wife picked me up at the airport for a meeting with President Carter.
So much for the past, we are now into the future We can not allow those in the "Military Industry" that Eisenhower spoke against continue to sell us things we have no need for. I totally support Mr Gates, and the cutting of these unneeded weapons. I would compare todays "War" like trying to get flies out of a milk barn. We need fly paper, and not dynamite.
I don't remember if you was in the meeting we had with President Carter when I told him that "If the moving of AFCS to Scott,IL was in the best interest of national security I could not oppose it". I was serious. Then I further told the President "It seemed strange that since Mel Price became the head of the Armed Services Committee a study showing the savings of millions of dollars supporting the move appeared three years after saving millions of dollars on paper moving to Richards Gebaur. If this is fact then we should move every military installation every three years, and pay off the national debt."
Bottom line is we need to cut the debt, and if we don't then Bin Laden has accomplished even more than he dreamed of on Sept 11.
Thanks for listening.
Your supporter forever
I have to agree with your letter. Recall how the neo-cons at every opertunity made the claims that Clinton devasted out military with cuts that were just not justified? That was proven to be so much horse pucky after the fantastic job they have done in Afghanistan and who can forget the job they did in Iraq and the "Mission accomplished" banner in their honor.
Clinton's military won that war, no matter if the Bushies want to admit it or not, and that`s taking it for granted, you think we won. I happen to think the courts still out of a win or loss in Iraq, until we see who the religious clerics side with. Bottom line our military did the job.