Column Insulted Veterans
This letter is in response to Robert Levy’s column “Quite a Show of Cowardice” (Feb. 24), concerning Sen. Chuck Hagel, nominated by President Obama to be secretary of defense.
Now, I happen to like Bob Levy. Despite our obvious political differences — he is chair of the local Republican Party, and I am a Democrat — I have always found him to be an interesting, engaging guy. But his recent column on Sen. Hagel cannot go unanswered.
In that column Mr. Levy questions Sen. Hagel’s courage, and says that his legacy will be that of cowardice. As a Vietnam veteran, I take great exception when someone questions the courage of a person who fought in that war, and suggests that person is a coward.
I take even greater exception when the person whose courage is being questioned was an infantry squad leader who received two Purple Hearts while in Vietnam.
Mr. Levy has every right to question Sen. Hagel’s suitability for the position of secretary of defense. He can say that Hagel is unqualified, or too liberal, or too conservative, or a poor manager, or whatever. He has no right, however, to call him a coward.
I am incensed by this column, and I believe that Mr. Levy owes Sen. Hagel an apology, just as he owes an apology to all veterans, to all Vietnam veterans, and especially to veterans who have earned Purple Hearts in defense of their country. How dare you, Mr. Levy?
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