Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Long Lunch

I had lunch yesterday with the bloke who was my platoon commander for six months in South Vietnam in 1970. I hadn’t seen him for thirty eight years, but this was not a problem.

Driving home, I wondered why it took me so long to look him up – he’s lived fairly close for a while. Inertia is the best rationale, but it is a poor excuse. The fellowship of old soldiers is unique and valuable, and it should be fostered. We should also support each other – not that this bloke needs it – he’s had a very successful life post Vietnam.

The other great part of this exercise was the opportunity to drive my new toy a couple of hundred kilometres over interesting roads between Toowoomba and the Scenic Rim.

All in all, a very pleasant day.

Hugh White - Without America

Hugh White is always provocative, and doesn't pull any punches when it comes to criticising current defence policy. In 1995, he was appo...