No, the US does not need Bernie to carry the ball. In football terms Bernie is the ideal blocking back for others. Yes, Bernie is good at leading the way and tearing holes in the opposition for others of more finesse to run thorugh. He needs to stay in that vital role without getting in the way of the ball carrier.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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