Sunday, March 13, 2016

Capt. James F. Brodie, Jr. For Bernie Sanders!

Here's the October 2010 letter The New York Times published from my late friend and mentor, USCG Captain James F. Brodie, Jr., Vietnam veteran, subject of a Hanoi Hannah radio death order while running a LORAN/CIA radio link in Thailand, downloading signals intelligence from microphones on the Ho Chi Minh Trail to order air strikes.

Jim Brodie first told me about the bona fides, fidelity and bravery of Vermonter Bernie Sanders in 1998 and his support for veterans,

If Jim had survived cancer, U.S. Coast Guard James F. Brodie, Jr. (Jim Brodie) would have been Florida's most enthusiastic supporter of Bernie Sanders, the former Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, where Jim grew up and his mother lived her life:

To the Editor:

Re “Dithering on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” (editorial, Oct. 14):

We hear the cry of “activist judges” from those who have forgotten their civics lesson on the three coequal branches of our government.

When more than 75 percent of citizens and a majority of senators want injustice and discrimination ended in the armed forces by repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell,” we should not be proud of the legislative branch when a minority can obstruct this vital reform with a filibuster. The judicial branch has done what the executive branch — President Obama in his State of the Union address — has said is “the right thing to do.”

James F. Brodie Jr.
Wilton Manors, Fla., Oct. 14, 2010

The writer is a retired senior military officer who served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

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