Wednesday, August 08, 2007
There have been many stories about the effect of extended National Guard deployments in Iraq. Most have focused on Katrina or the recent flooding in the Midwest. However, somewhat lost in the swirl of the politics, the recent firing of Doraville Police Chief John King brings it all home. One of the alledged reasons for the dismissal was his absence due to 18 months of deployment in Iraq. 18 months!
I'm not sympathetic to the Doraville City Council at this point but if you step back to view the bigger picture, one has to wonder just how small towns throughout the land are coping with losing vital citizens for months on end.
The Guard are our sisters and brothers and we should be proud of their service. But we should also be concerned that their gross mishandling is causing the tainted tentacles of mismanagement to reach down to the very neighborhoods in which we live.