So you don't think I've gone totally soft, here is an hilarious quote (garnered from the outstanding Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas E. Ricks), from the defense at his trial for aggravated assault -- he stuffed an Iraqi detainee's head in a barrel of sand and fired two shots from his sidearm inches away from the man's head -- of Lt. Col. Allen West, an artillery battalion commander. Spot the biggest way in which this is stupid and win a prize!
I accept full responsibility for my actions and accept punishment. I acted in the best interest for my soldiers and yes myself. I was and am proud to say that I never lost a troop in a combat engagement in my time as a battalion commander. We were tough, and it kept my men alive and Iraqis in my area secure. Rules and regulations are necessary and proper, but I have never seen one cry at a funeral or accept an American flag after it had been taken off a casket of one of my fallen comrades.
Finally, those of you who are grocery-industry trade publication buffs or natural and organic food wholesale buyers will no doubt be excited to read my article in the Fall issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser about the use of and market for organic food colorings, with a special focus on dried beet juice powder. I am pleased with the article and the pay that accompanied it, but I have a feeling that my editor, when she received the piece later today, will reject my proposed title, "BEETIN' TO A PULP".