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For the Record:
The Defense Secretary We Have

From the December 15, 2004 Washington Post: Our soldiers deserve a better defense secretary.

2:25 PM, Dec 15, 2004 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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"Ask yourself, how in a land of extremes, during times of insanity, constantly barraged by violence, and living in conditions comparable to the stone ages, your marines can maintain their positive attitude, their high spirit, and their abundance of compassion?" Col. Smith's answer: "They defend a nation unique in all of history: One of principle, not personality; one of the rule of law, not landed gentry; one where rights matter, not privilege or religion or color or creed. . . . They are United States Marines, representing all that is best in soldierly virtues."

These soldiers deserve a better defense secretary than the one we have.

William Kristol is editor of the Weekly Standard.