President Bush appears to get more upbeat and excited about the situation in Iraq with each passing day. He recently expressed his envy about missing out on the "fantastic experience to be on the front lines" in Iraq and Afghanistan. Calling the situation for the soldiers there "exciting" and "in some ways romantic," Bush appeared to be suggesting that he may have missed out on a great opportunity when he took advantage of family connections to get out of the Vietnam War and play safe in the Texas National Guard.

Those who have never experienced the horrors of war can possibly think of war as "thrilling" and "exciting." Combat makes men pull away and have the overwhelming desire to make it end. Only John Wayne, in his fictional representations, made war glorious. Unfortunately the wisdom of the current president's father never made it through to the son.

Eugene Trousdale

Salt Lake City