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OK, I'll admit it - I'm old, but I remember how the beloved comedian Bob Hope gave up his holidays, year after year, throughout WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam war, and the years in between, to entertain the troops, often in places where hostilities were ongoing. He took along a whole troupe of comedians, singers, dancers and young starlets, because he knew how much the young soldiers enjoyed the young starlets. Imagine him doing all that and not even getting paid! So, it struck me that, this Christmas there were no comedians, singers, dancers, starlets and no entertainers of any sort. Where were they? They were indulging each others' egos at the Kennedy Center, honoring their friends and entertaining each other. What a bunch of spoiled, self-indulgent, self-possessed ingrates!

Our young troops, who are lonely, far from home, and facing danger, deserve better than that.
 
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