WARD CARROLL: “Chris Matthews Owes West Point an Apology”

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Ward Carroll is the editor of During his 20-year Navy career he served in four different F-14 squadrons based at NAS Oceana and was the operations officer for Carrier Air Wing One. He was editor of Approach magazine and is currently a contributing editor for Naval Aviation News. His three books about a Tomcat pilot — Punk’s War, Punk’s Wing, and Punk’s Fight — have been widely praised for their realistic portrayals of a Naval Aviator’s life. His latest novel, Militia Kill, was recently published by Signet.

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Chris Matthews Owes West Point an Apology
Ward Carroll | December 02, 2009

Every once in awhile the hyperventilating 24-hour news cycle causes otherwise well-produced TV personalities to show their true colors.  One such occurrence happened immediately following President Obama’s address from West Point on Tuesday night.  In the course of his analysis of the President’s remarks, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the host of the popular “Hardball” program, made the following comment about those in attendance:

“I saw, if not resentment, skepticism.  I didn’t see a lot of warmth in the crowd out there, ah, the president chose to address tonight, and I thought that was interesting . . . he went to the enemy camp tonight to make his case. I mean, that’s where Paul Wolfowitz used to write speeches for back in the old Bush days.  That’s where he went to rabble-rouse the ‘we’re going to democratize the world’ campaign back in, ah, ’02.  So, ah, I-I thought it was a strange venue.”

So four thousand-plus young men and women — Eagle Scouts, student council presidents, varsity letter winners, former enlisted war vets — who have taken the first bold step toward becoming the next generation of Army leadership comprise the “enemy camp”?  And West Point — the place that produced Grant, Eisenhower, and Petraeus among many other national heroes — is politically reduced to the place where neocons went to lead America astray?

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