Despite the unfair thrashing our military has received from the socialists’ press over the years, our boys continue to show the world, “We Are The Good Guys.”
There are forty-two Iraqis breathing God’s glorious air today--and they can thank our military. The same military that people like John Murtha and John Kohn-Kerry would have you believe are made up of nothing but murderous misfits.
U.S. military forces raided an Al Qaeda “safe house,” located northeast of Baghdad this “Memorial Day Weekend.” There, they found the forty-two Iraqis, being held hostage. Some of the hostages had been tortured; while others were the recipient of broken bones. This, from a band of savages who have the unswerving support of many of our spineless politicians, and the lion’s share of media in this country.
The raid according to the Associated Press is part of a three month old crackdown on insurgents. The crackdown has seen some three thousand U.S. troop pour into the violent prone Iraqi city of Diyala. Diyala has been the scene of some intense fighting between our troops and terrorists.
Major-General William Caldwell, told the A-P that it was Iraqi civilians who told our military about the terrorists. Caldwell is of the opinion that the residents of Diyala have had it with Al Qaeda. General Caldwell said the forty-two freed Iraqis were the single largest group of captives ever discovered in an Al Qaeda prison. General Caldwell said some of the Iraqis had been held for as long as four months by their tormentors!
In the meantime, U.S. and Iraqi troops staged another raid on Sadr City. Their targets were Shiite terrorists cells. A big fish was caught in the U.S. and Iraqi troops net. This scumbag is suspected of being involved in smuggling in armor piercing bombs from “Iran.”
So, while the press here in our country continues to revile our brave military men and women, these fine military folks continue to put their lives on the line for millions of ingrates in this country. These Marines and Soldiers are trained with the understanding that their job is not to get involved in politics, but to kill and “Blow S..T Up.” There is no innocuous way of stating this observable fact!
I am proud to say that I served in the United States Marine Corps! On this Memorial Day weekend, I reflected on a speech given by General Douglass McArthur in 1962. The General spoke to cadets of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after accepting the Sylvanus Thayer Award. The Department of Defense archived this spine tingling speech. Here is the General’s speech, in his own words:
“No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this (Thayer Award). Coming from a profession I have served so long and a people I have loved so well, it fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code-a code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. For all hours and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride, and yet of humility, which will be with me always.
Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.
The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.
But these are some of the things they do. They build our basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the Nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.
They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall;to master youself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past; to be serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
They give you a temperate will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease.
They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.
And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory?
Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world’s noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.
His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me; or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.
But when I think of his patience in adversity of his courage under fire and of his modesty in victory, I am filled wih an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by virtues and by his achievements”
The iconic words of General Douglas McArthur on this Memorial Day weekend! God Bless the United States of America.
Dr. Forest Lewis is a trained clinical pyschologist. He is the author of Diary of a Black Man Who Escaped From the Democratic Political Plantation