Nobles and Knaves
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Nobles: The city of San Antonio, for putting Ivy League elitists to shame.
Across the country, and especially at elite institutions like Harvard, military recruiters are harassed, if not banned outright from campuses. Ostensibly, this is because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, but let's be honest. What's really going on here is a total lack of respect for those who protect our freedoms.
Not so in San Antonio. There military recruiters are welcomed as friends. As the New York Times reports, nationwide the Army's 41 recruiting battalions failed to meet their recruitment quotas in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. San Antonio recruiters, by contrast, ranked first among all battalions by signing up 2,118 people for active duty. The battalion covering the city's east side won an award recently for being the only battalion in the country to exceed its quotas for August. "Here the war boosts morale," said Sgt. First Class Jaime Gaitan. Oklahoma City and St. Louis battalions had the next best numbers.
Tragically, 17 men and women from San Antonio have been killed in Iraq since 2003, second only to Los Angeles, which has a population three times as large. …