Free Pollard

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No, not that Pollard (well, free him too). I’m talking about this one, Charles Pollard, who is quoted in that remarkable Washington Post story: “U.S. officials need to get our [expletive] out here. I say that seriously. We have no business being here. We will not change the culture they have in Iraq, in Baghdad. Baghdad is so corrupted. All we are here is potential people to be killed and sitting ducks.”

A correspondent writes me: “It would be interesting to see what happens to the this reservist, Pollard, who is quoted in the articles. I spent two years in the Navy on board a lowly LST. Even at such a lowly level, the military didn’t put up with much dissension. If this fellow would have been on board my ship, he would have been sent shoreside, by helicopter, no less, in a matter of hours. Pollard will not be back in Pittsburgh in six months or two years. He will languish in some sort of Army bureaucratic limbo for quite a while.”

7:31 am on July 2, 2003