The sad state of our military: I sat, as did millions of other Americans, and watched as our government underwent a peaceful transition of power last January. 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 vanished as I watched William Jefferson Clinton board Air Force One for the final time. I saw 21 U.S. Marines in full dress, with rifles, fire a 21-gun salute to the outgoing president. It was then that I realized how far America's military had deteriorated. Every last one of them missed!