Giv­ing thanks to Sen. Tammy Duck­worth and all our other brave war he­roes

Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday) - - OPINION - Michael F. DeSan­ti­ago, Niles William M. Bax­ter, Austin Jim Tom­czyk, For­est Glen Lee Knohl, Evan­ston

I was just a year or two away from be­ing draft-el­i­gi­ble for the Viet­nam War, and I never served in the mil­i­tary. I was a strong op­po­nent of the war, but I al­ways ad­mired the war­riors, the men and women who did serve.

On Vet­er­ans Day this year, I was watch­ing one of the ca­ble talk shows, which had Sen. Tammy Duck­worth re­count­ing what she called her “Alive Day”: the day she al­most died but didn’t. She was pi­lot­ing a Black­hawk he­li­copter in Iraq when it was blown out of the sky, and lost both her legs and par­tial use of her right arm.

As I lis­tened to her speak, it was hard to put into words how proud I felt to have her as my rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the U.S. Sen­ate. She is noth­ing short of an Amer­i­can hero. In­stead of feel­ing sorry for her­self, she lives each day giv­ing thanks to her bud­dies in bat­tle, who wouldn’t leave her mu­ti­lated body be­hind. They are why she was cel­e­brat­ing her Alive Day, in­stead of it be­ing the an­niver­sary of her death. I was so moved by her smile, her gen­uine, self­less smile. If she can smile and give thanks af­ter hav­ing suf­fered what she suf­fered, can’t we all? A most happy Thanks­giv­ing week­end, sen­a­tor!

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has some se­ri­ous mis­con­cep­tions re­gard­ing re­tired Adm. William McRaven, and I per­son­ally view an at­tack on this dec­o­rated mil­i­tary hero as bor­der­ing on trea­sonous. When I had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing in the armed forces, I un­der­stood the mean­ing of ser­vice with honor. Trump should read the facts about the mis­sion of the Navy SEALs, and their cap­ture of Osama bin Laden, and per­haps Adm. McRaven’s un­blem­ished record will speak for it­self.

With the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment that he is sid­ing with Saudi Ara­bia re­gard­ing the bru­tal mur­der of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump just told the world that it is now “open sea­son” on Amer­i­cans over­seas.

And a weapons con­tract pays for the “hunt­ing li­cense.”

We know for as cer­tain as any­one can be that the Saudi crown prince or­dered the as­sas­si­na­tion of Ja­mal Khashoggi. Yet, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is do­ing ev­ery­thing he can to ob­struct jus­tice for the crime.

An ac­ces­sory-af­ter-the-fact is some­one who as­sists 1) some­one who has com­mit­ted a crime, 2) af­ter the per­son has com­mit­ted the crime, 3) with knowl­edge that the per­son com­mit­ted the crime, and 4) with the in­tent to help the per­son avoid ar­rest or pun­ish­ment.

I rest my case. Send let­ters to let­[email protected]­times.com. Please in­clude your neigh­bor­hood or home­town and a phone num­ber for ver­i­fi­ca­tion pur­poses.

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