Person of the Day: Sgt. David Gardner

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SGT. DAVID GARDNER

Last week this photo, by Gerald Herbert of Associated Press, appeared in the NY Times, of President Bush’s visit with Sgt. David Gardner and his family at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Sgt. Gardner, seen here grappling with the ruins of his health and life as he had known it, is visited by the man who created his situation. This week news came out of a Pentagon study that concluded that there was no Iraqi involvement with Al Qaeda. I have to wonder what is going through this brave soldier’s head at this moment, and what, if he were to allow himself a brief departure from military decorum, he would look Bush in the eye and say to him.

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