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Romney Honors Veterans In San Diego

Evening Edition

Above: Mitt Romney joined fellow Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona to honor the country’s veterans in San Diego Monday. More than 2,000 San Diegans poured into Balboa Park for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.

Aired 5/28/12 on KPBS News.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney honored veterans in San Diego on Monday.

— Mitt Romney joined fellow Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona to honor the country’s veterans in San Diego Monday. More than 2,000 San Diegans poured into Balboa Park for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center.

Mitt Romney applauds a local veteran during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, May 28, 2012.
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Above: Mitt Romney applauds a local veteran during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center, May 28, 2012.

Before the ceremony started Bruce Parks, a Vietnam veteran said he hoped to hear some specific messages about America’s military.

“I don’t want to see it slashed as a way to save money when there’s other ways to do it," he said. "They’re putting people out of work at a time when they shouldn’t be out of work because they served their country and we don’t want them anymore ... not because they’re bad, but because we need to cut money."

Romney focused his remarks on the heroism of the country’s military personnel and veterans. But he didn’t disappoint Parks either. He cautioned against budget cuts looming for the Pentagon next year. He said the country has two choices – one would be to cut back military spending to fund social programs.

“Were we to follow that kind of course there’d be no one that could stand to protect us," he said. "The other is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world.”

McCain opened his comments to the audience by saying that he believes Romeny "is fully qualified to be commander in chief."

City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio and 53rd Congressional district candidate Nick Popaditch also spoke at the ceremony, which focused on the service of Vietnam veterans.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2012 at 9:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

I see KPBS along with every other media outlet in San Diego has joined Willard in his shameful military propaganda.

By all means we should recognize those who lost their lives defending our country, but the way we do it simply paves the way for more wars and more dead soldiers.

KPBS, like the rest of the media, has showered their website with stories that glorify the military.

Not one critical look at the wars we have been entering in recent times and whether or not the we're necessary.

Are people too dumb or too intimidated by the military to admit we have a broken system?

Military spending out of control, and war after war that we enter just to turn around and honor the fallen like this.

I would rather both have to honor these brave men and women, because I would rather they were STILL ALLIVE and able to spend memorial day with their families.

Now certainly not all wars are created equal.

WWII was necessary to the survival of the United States and democracy in general.

But Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan?

**COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY**.

I do think the initial effort in Afghanistan was justified on some levels, but we should have left after the Taliban were ousted, which occurred almost immediately after we went in. We had no business staying to nation build in a country whose history shows us it can't be tamed through imperialist occupation.

I find Willard Mitt Rombey to be part of the problem, not the solution.

He is doing a good acting job of pretending to care for our soldiers, but in reality he is planning another war behind the scenes.

This time with Iran.

Listen to what he says, wh he is aligning himself with, and look closely at his policies with regards to Israel-pandering and open-ended threats about Iran declaring diplomacy is not an option.

I wonder how the military can accept the very same political scum who launch us into UNNECESSARY WARS coming onto the burial grounds of dead soldiers to pontificate their insincere propaganda and score political points when they are planning on sending yet more young Americans into an unnecessary war to be killed.

Willard Romney does not care about Americans or the lives of troops, he cares about his political future and nothing more.

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