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Opinion

September 11, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK — Congress should watch classic anti-war movie

Barak Obama should give back his Nobel Peace Prize. The president wants to fight the civil and religious war in Syria, whose dictator used chemical weapons on his own people. Pish posh. Horsefeathers. Hogwash.

Obama is just another little Napoleon who gets a “killer high” by playing war games. Before Congress votes to go to another war, they should see the best anti-war movie, 1964’s “The Americanization of Emily.” Before starring in the movie, his favorite, Okie James Garner was awarded a Purple Heart fighting in the Korean War. In the movie, Garner plays a cowardly Naval officer who says, “We shall never end wars by blaming it on ministers and generals or war-mongering imperialists or all the other banal bogies. It’s the rest of us who build statues to those generals and name boulevards after those ministers. It’s the rest of us who make heroes of our dead and shrines of our battlefields. We wear our widow’s weeds like nuns, and perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices.”

Taking the name of Teddy Lehman, a University of Oklahoma football hero, off a stretch of U.S. 62 in Fort Gibson and renaming it the “Veterans Memorial Highway.” What our military vets need is not another memorial but a “Hero” health care credit card, so they can be treated by any private doctor or hospital of their choice instead of making a long trip to a U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, for sub-standard care.

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