On the morning of Feb. 23, 1945, I was sitting in a landing craft at the base of Mt. SURIBACHI , IWO JIMA, watching the Marines when they reached the top of the volcano. We cheered when we saw them, then in a few minutes we saw our flag had been raised. At that time we had no idea what this would mean or that there would be a memorial made honoring this event . That memorial made me proud to be an American, but this Afghanistan debacle has made me feel like a whipped dog.

When I saw the picture of the Taliban posing in the same way as our Marines on that memorial, it made me sick. How could we have allowed these dregs of humanity to humiliate us in this way. How could our president not know more about what our enemies are doing?

I am not very optimistic about our future with this president.

Bob Strong