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Obama to award Medal of Honor to 19
overlooked minority service members

Washington Post, by Scott Wilson*

Original Article

Posted By:BaseballFan, 2/21/2014 3:43:15 PM

President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest commendation for combat valor, to 19 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American veterans overlooked previously because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds. The unusual presentation will culminate a 12-year Pentagon review ordered by Congress into past discrimination in the ranks, and will hold a particular poignancy hosted by the nation’s first African-American president. Although the review predates Obama’s tenure, he has made addressing discrimination in the military ranks — including ending the ban on gay and lesbian service members — a

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Note that the author and WaPo editors (sic) couldn´t be bothered to point out that it was President George W. Bush´s administration that got this plan going. But the author still manages to get credit to Obama.
Another case of being born on 3rd base and bragging about how he hit a triple - that´s Obama.


*Alice Crites contributed to this report.

Author added by staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/21/2014 4:05:02 PM     (No. 9741565)

It just never stops. Exploit, exploit, exploit.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/21/2014 4:08:22 PM     (No. 9741570)

Another day. Another opportunity to push the politics of division in a major headline. Always an insinuation of sinister strategies to deny deserving AA and Hispanic military members. They throw in ONE Jewish man just to help blunt criticism? I am not saying each was not deserving especially since President Bush recognized their sacrifices. I am jest saying...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: FelineFine, 2/21/2014 4:18:42 PM     (No. 9741579)

Any muslims included in that group?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: KingBubo, 2/21/2014 4:40:52 PM     (No. 9741596)

I agree #1, those soldiers were exploited and then denied proper recognition.

Good job Dubya!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rmagnus, 2/21/2014 4:48:45 PM     (No. 9741602)

He´s probably awarding himself one.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissMann, 2/21/2014 4:49:42 PM     (No. 9741603)

Sounds great to me. Next, please review the service people from our current conflicts. They have all been neglected, as well.

There are some amazing, incredible instances of heroism from the generation of servicemen and it is beyond time that they were recognized!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: frodo, 2/21/2014 6:01:07 PM     (No. 9741647)

There are plenty of things to legitimately criticize President Obama over. This is not one of them.

The omission of President Bush as the one who initiated this is the fault of the WP and shows their pettiness.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: grampus, 2/21/2014 6:32:45 PM     (No. 9741677)

Maybe they also should have checked into how many DSC and Silver Stars awarded to Rangers for D-Day and following months might have been MOH if the Regiment had not directed that no rangers would be awarded MOH during that period.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/21/2014 6:33:58 PM     (No. 9741679)

These presentations have nothing at all to do with Obama, but you can bet that he will attempt to insert himself right into the middle of the qualities of merit for which these serviceman are being recognized.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 2/21/2014 6:48:37 PM     (No. 9741694)

Quelle surprise!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Tianne, 2/21/2014 7:15:12 PM     (No. 9741713)

This project initially required that those assigned to the project were to look specifically for servicemen of Jewish and Hispanic backgrounds but if, as mentioned in the article, servicemen had changed their names to hide Jewish or Hispanic ethnicity, then how could all of them have been properly identified? It was good that the order was later amended to include all servicemen, who had distinguished themselves,

However, if I read the article correctly, it seemed to intimate that fire destroyed the actual military records of the servicemen now being recognized and military histories had to be recreated by interviews with families, fellow servicemen, and others. We should be very careful that the awarding of this Medal is not manipulated and cheapened by political stances especially the one that suggests that “America has always acted terribly”, that is a mainstay of our current President.

Each and every dear and cherished veteran, who has faced combat in our name, deserves only our pure and untarnished recognition, gratitude, and respect.

Congratulations to all of the new Medal of Honor recipients.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 2/21/2014 7:35:47 PM     (No. 9741723)

What, none for Hillary for coming under fire, or JfnKerry for his gallantry?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rubinski, 2/21/2014 8:03:37 PM     (No. 9741730)

What, you couldnt find any overlooked gay service members? Obama, you disappoint me again.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/21/2014 9:07:24 PM     (No. 9741775)

Doing something that merits a Medal of Honor is a very visible act, not something that no one knows about, is made up, and didn´t happen.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Mai Bad, 2/22/2014 8:25:48 AM     (No. 9742090)

yo..yo...Hey what about us fat womyn?? Why can´t we get some of those MOHs??

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