Bob Dole Promoted to Colonel
He's a national treasure who has been appropriately honored for a lifetime of service and sacrifice. But this seems different.
Some news I missed from over the weekend:
AP (“Bob Dole Promoted to Army Colonel at 95“):
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has been promoted from captain to colonel for his service in the Army during World War II.
The Wichita Eagle reports both chambers of the U.S. Congress have unanimously passed a bill promoting the 95-year-old Dole.
He earned two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for valor for his service in the war. Dole was an infantry lieutenant in 1945 when he was wounded by German machine gun fire, which left him with limited use of his right arm.
Dole represented Kansas in the U.S. House and Senate for a total of 35 years and ran unsuccessfully for president in 1996.
The legislation to honor Dole was promoted by the entire Kansas delegation.
One hates to play the curmudgeon in circumstances like this but this strikes me as unseemly.
Bob Dole is a national treasure. He has endured unspeakable pain and inconvenience for nearly three-quarters of a century from his injuries fighting the Nazis. He continued serving his country quite honorably as a political leader. I voted for him for President in 1996 and think the country would have been better off had he won.
He has been honored for his service. Certainly, the Purple Heart and Bronze Star aren’t nearly enough for what he endured in combat. But he has been recognized with the three highest civilian honors our country offers: the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Presidential Citizens Medal. He deserves them all.
But it’s strange, indeed, to honor him with three unearned promotions in the officer corps. His service effectively ended when he was a first lieutenant; he made captain while in convalescence and was discharged.