** "The Tragedy of Humayun Khan." Michael Hirsh in Politico Magazine: "There is a photograph of Maj. Gen. John Batiste, eyes brimming with tears after the memorial ceremony for Capt. Humayun Khan in Baqubah, Iraq, on June 11, 2004, three days following Khan’s death.... Batiste was in the receiving line after the ceremony, he recalls, and he choked up because he had come to realize the man they were burying that day ... was one of the finest soldiers under his command." -- CW
Dana Pittard, in a Washington Post op-ed: "I was ... Capt. Humayun Khan’s combat brigade commander in Diyala province, Iraq, in 2004. I came to know Humayun after taking command of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Germany in 2002.... Humayun died trying to save the lives of innocent Iraqis. His brave effort to approach the vehicle probably saved American lives as well.... I join all those who stand in support of the Khan family. This family is our family, and any attack on this wonderful American Gold Star family is an attack on all patriotic and loyal Americans who have sacrificed to make our country great. Any politically or racially motivated attack on the Khans is despicable and un-American.... I am a Republican.... I’m going to vote my conscience ... this year." -- CW
It's useful to compare the actions of Captain Humayon Khan with the man who has been trying to make political gains off the pain and suffering of his parents. Khan died because he ran headlong into a clear and present danger. No soldier operating in that theater could mistake the possible outcome of an unknown vehicle speeding toward American military personnel. Nonetheless, Khan faced down this attack in order to save others under his command, as unselfish and heroic an act as one could find in the craziness of a war zone.
Now measure Khan's unselfish bravery with the craven opportunism and viciously pursued self interest of Donald Trump who would no more put himself in mortal danger for another human being than he would resist the opportunity to try to somehow take personal advantage of their sacrifice. Trump's lifelong cowardly penchant for pushing others under the bus in order to ensure his own survival is a defining trait in his life story as it remains an essential component of his campaign.
I'm not suggesting that I, or any of us, would have had the guts and astounding sense of duty it took to compel Captain Khan's actions, but I will bet there are few of us who , after the fact, would try to make personal gains off his death, belittle his family, and allow our vile surrogates to question not only his religion and ethnicity, but to attack his patriotism and loyalty to the country for which he had just made the ultimate sacrifice.
And I can't think of anyone, apart from a mentally incompetent person who would then complain that his making billions of dollars was a sacrifice as well.
The problem with Trump is that there have been so many of these incidents of the clarity of his fecklessness and greed that something this astounding becomes somewhat less obvious a lesson for American voters than it should be.
Trump is not only unfit to be president, he is astonishingly unfit for the company of decent men and women of any nation, anywhere.