Hung Ba Lee, a native of Hue, Vietnam, who left that country as a five-year-old refugee and was picked up at sea by a U.S. Navy ship, will return to it later this month as the commander of the USS Lassen, a guided missile destroyer.
Congratulations, and thanks, to Hung Ba Le and his family. What more can I say but:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Take that, Lou Dobbs.
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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.