I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as our
government underwent a peaceful transition of power in January 2001.

At first, I felt a swell of pride and patriotism as I watched
George W.Bush take his oath of office.

However, all that pride quickly vanished as I later watched
William Jefferson Clinton board Air Force One for the last time.

I saw 21 Marines, in full dress uniform with rifles, fire a
21-gun salute to the outgoing president.

It was then that I realized how far America's military had
deteriorated under Clinton.

Every last one of them missed.