Personal meets political for lawmakers with sons in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) – For more than a year, Rep. Joe Wilson’s desk at the House Armed Services Committee was the intersection of his personal and political interest in the Iraq war.
On the table were bills about how to pay for and supply the conflict. Underneath, a handheld computer buzzed with real-time reports from his son Alan, an intelligence officer in southern Iraq.
“I would get a ‘Hey Dad’ message almost every day,” the South Carolina Republican recalls. “I felt like I was voting on legislation, but I was living it simultaneously.” </i>
Interesting look at a person dealing with two very different sides to the Iraqi war.