My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
I have seen my share of people die — those I’ve known, friends and family, but for some reason, those thirteen young service members who were betrayed by the Democrat administration that is now ruling this wonderful country have touched my heart very deeply.
Seeing those eleven caskets (two of the families chose to have their family member taken elsewhere) coming down from the airplane and being placed in those vans, got me to thinking: What would I have done if one of those young men and women were my own child or a close relative, maybe a brother or sister? And then I came back to the realization that I am not in that position. I have no one, and for the first time, I am truly glad that I am all alone in this world because if anyone in my family were treated with such disrespect I might forget that the man responsible, the man in front of me, was the president of this great nation, the Commander In Chief of the free world, and I’d want to show him how to respect those service members who had given their lives in the service of their country and while helping those departing Afghanistan; and if he looked at his watch one more time, I would grab the watch and make sure he would not be able to see the time on his wrist using that watch ever again.
And if he tried to compare his son to any of those thirteen heroes by saying, “I know how you feel; I also lost my son who was a great person,” I would have felt like punching him in the head because he should not compare his son to any of those thirteen American heroes because his son was not killed in combat; his son died of brain cancer while serving as a senator, not in combat at the hands of the enemies of the nation that he (Joe Biden) facilitated by his actions.
How dare Joe Biden compare his son to any of those heroes, patriots, and victims of the ineptitude of those in charge of advising the president.
The fallen heroes include: Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny
Rosario-Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California; 22, of Indio, California; Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska; Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Marine Corps Lance Cpl David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, , 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California; Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California; Navy Hospital Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio; and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.
I pray for each and every one of those young service members and can’t help thanking the good Lord that none of them were related to me.
More than 100 people were killed, including those 13 U.S. service members and 90 Afghans, at the Kabul airport when two blasts ripped through crowds trying to enter the American-controlled facility, disrupting the final push of the US-led evacuation effort.
A suicide bomb attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate was followed by an assault by gunmen, officials said. Another bomb attack took place nearby, at a hotel outside the airport, officials said. Eighteen U.S. service members were injured in that incident, according to the Pentagon.
The attack marked the deadliest day for the U.S. military in Afghanistan since 2011 and came just five days before the Biden
administration’s deadline for the complete military withdrawal from the country. The military expects more attacks, Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie told reporters.
I am glad that I have been left alone in this world because if any of my family members would have been treated as rudely and disrespectfully as those young men and women were by not only the high-ranking members of the administration but even by the man calling himself the president of the United States of America — who, in my humble opinion, has now become the coward in chief — I do not know if I could have controlled myself.
But I have to agree with the editorial in this week’s edition of the Las Vegas Tribune: don’t blame Joe Biden; we all know that he is no longer capable of performing his duties as president, and he probably does not even know that he is president.
We need to blame those who are now benefiting from his ineptness; we need to blame those who erroneously paid attention to the sold-out members of the media communists who helped to elect a man who was not prepared nor capable of handling the reins of this wonderful nation.
Yes, Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos, and Chris Wallace are all as guilty as Biden in protecting those Democrats who perhaps put money in their pockets to give out the wrong information or what they wanted the public to hear, including anyone who helped get the 2020 election to end up benefiting themselves.
They are all guilty of contributing to the kind of government we have today.
But I still salute all those heroes who gave their life for us and those who still wear the uniform to protect all of us.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.

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