Letter: Winston Churchill character extends beyond tenacity

Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Visiting British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, center, sits with John Foster Dulles, left, secretary of state-designate; Bernard Baruch, second from right, and Winthrop W. Aldrich, ambassador-designate to the Court of St. James, in Baruch's home in New York.

Marty Lederhandler, Associated Press

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Cody Carlson's account of Sir Winston Churchill was enjoyable but incomplete ("This week in history: Churchill becomes PM," May 8). Few Americans remember Churchill as a slim, trim and handsome horse-mounted calvary officer. Pistol in one hand and lance in the other, he participated in one of history's last, great horse-mounted charges at Omdurman, Sudan in 1899.

Everyone knows of his tenacious courage, few of his artistic abilities, including a Nobel Prize in literature and nearly 500 widely acclaimed canvases.

The temerity of President Obama returning the bust of this giant must be seen as repudiation of exact opposites in character and accomplishments.

Churchill seldom used I, me, my and mine in writing, and he would have scoffed at the mention of a teleprompter. This once "junior lieutenant of horse" filled his destiny because of core convictions based on the great moral truths Western civilization developed, which today are under assault.

Fred L. Greer


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