Awwww. Poor Dickie Burr got all teared up when he visited Normandy this week and saw what happens to real soldiers who fought in real wars. Which brings up two dots worth connecting. First, you know Republican chickenhawks are hurting when they look for photo opportunities in war cemeteries and special legislation to support the armed forces. And second, you know the News and Observer is sucking up when Rob Christensen deems this pathetic pandering to be worthy of coverage without calling bullshit.
North Carolina's junior Senator is a joke. On one day he's oh-so-sad about our honorable war dead, and on another day, he's supporting a weakening of the the personal liberties and rights to free expression that they died for.
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr stood at the cemetery in Normandy, France, over Memorial Day weekend and thought of his dad, a World War II veteran who fought in the Pacific but wanted to visit the place where the Americans stormed Omaha Beach. He thought, too, of the war dead in Iraq.
"I thought that we don't always understand the importance of the wars we fight when we're fighting them," Burr said. "There are future generations that will benefit in ways we'll never know." Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, joined other members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee during the Memorial Day recess in visiting American war cemeteries abroad. They attended ceremonies or laid wreaths at World War I and World War II cemeteries in Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Tunisia. At a ceremony in the Netherlands, more than 7,000 people attended to honor the American dead.
"It was probably the most moving trip I've been on in the time I've been in Congress," Burr said. He said the group talked about promoting the cemeteries to Americans traveling abroad. Nearly 125,000 American dead are interred in military cemeteries overseas. Burr was impressed at the cemeteries' upkeep, where the grass seemed as though it were cut with scissors. The rows of white crosses were as symmetrical as those at national cemeteries in the United States."
Go read the rest of the soap opera, and be sure to bring your hankie. You'll want to wipe your mouth after you throw up.