We should not forget the commitment of another Chief Executive. As the President said in his address announcing the raid and its success:
The American people did not choose this fight. It came to our shores, and started with the senseless slaughter of our citizens. After nearly 10 years of service, struggle, and sacrifice, we know well the costs of war. These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who's been gravely wounded.
So Americans understand the costs of war.And no recent Chief Executive has faced that cost more directly, personally, and truthfully, over and over, than Governor Kulongoski.
A toast to the former Governor, his commitment to the Oregon National Guard, and to the lost.