This (reg. required) is just stupid:
Capt. Cubbage is a 29-year-old soldier serving with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. The 173rd is the smallest combat unit in the world but has played a frontline role in the war on terror. Nine of its 1,000 members have recently given their lives in service to our nation.
Cap. Cubbage and his fellow soldiers parachuted into northern Iraq shortly after the invasion began. The 173rd fought two divisions of Saddam’s Republican Guard. It captured an air field and secured oil supplies. Capt. Cubbage was awarded the combat parachute badge and a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. He and his unit have since been deployed to Afghanistan.
Capt. Cubbage was recently given two weeks’ leave to come home to Philadelphia and celebrate the birth of his first child, Adam Jr., who weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
At the end of his leave, on Oct. 9, Capt. Cubbage arrived at Terminal D, Philadelphia International Airport, to begin his long journey back to Afghanistan. He was taken to the airport by his parents (his father, Patrick Cubbage, is himself a veteran of the 173rd).
These three members of the Cubbage family arrived two hours before Capt. Cubbage’s 8 a.m. departure. The first leg of his journey was to be aboard a commercial flight on Air Tran.
Please picture this scene: Capt. Cubbage, proud new father in his BDUs (battle dress uniform), with his parents!
Capt. Cubbage presented his identification, orders and tickets at the Air Tran counter. He and his parents were given gate passes. In line, before reaching the next screening point, Capt. Cubbage again showed his ID.
Upon approaching the magnetometer, and after showing identification for the third time, Capt. Cubbage and his parents were told by a TSA representative that they had been identified for secondary, or random, screening! This American hero was then asked to remove his combat boots and outer garments to be fully “wanded.”
Please take the time to read the whole thing and you’ll probably shake your head in disgust as much as I did when I read it.
Hat tip: Bob in the comments section of another post.
Related: Michelle Malkin has the lowdown on typical MSM over-hype about a recently ‘staged’ Q&A between the President and some of our military’s finest. As usual, the media makes a big deal out of this, when it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Newsbusters has more.
Welcome to the latest non-issue, courtesy of the MSM.
Update: Also wanted to add, as I should have to my original post, that this is nothing more than a shameless attempt by the MSM to make it look like Bush has to control troops answers in order to make them look supportive with the implication clearly being they really don’t support him.
More: Joe Gandelman has a link roundup of blogger reaction to this ‘story.’