Final Friday Thoughts
First Lieutenant Nathan K. Hoe, 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment - United States Army. All men die, but few men truly live. Godspeed, Lieutenant.
Some of you may have noticed I've added Mudville Gazette to the Blogroll. Greyhawk is currently stationed in Iraq as (by his own description) a "rough man prepared to do violence on your behalf". His writing is excellent, but today's post by Littlehawk is a must read for all. Littlehawk is his daughter and I'm sure he's damn proud of her today. By the way, today is her birthday, so be sure to send along appropriate comments.
Ted "Dude Where's My Scotch" Kennedy wants to tuck tail and run in Iraq. He's now demanded a timetable for the withdrawl of US Armed Forces from Iraq. Memo to Teddy: There is a simple timeline for withdrawl. When will we withdraw? When we're done. Its called finishing the mission. I know its something with which you are unfamiliar. Try fewer shots of burbon before your next rambling speech.
There is grit in Americans. There is toughness. Sometimes I think that we get soft, complacent, and lazy in our freedom. Then I read of those that have the utmost courage. My heart beats stronger. The emotion rises to the surface. And in that moment. I am proud to be an American. I am proud of those that march through sand on foriegn soils. Those that God brings home to Him, after having spilt their living red blood in sacrifice for others.
That moment, when I know that I am still an American, when I know that there is something else in life to live for. That is pride. That is peace. That is what God has given to me.
I am proud be who I am. I am but only a small part of a greater nation.
I am thankful that those who carry the weapons of peace, and administer the justice of war can make those decisions and that we as a nation have the strength to show others the way.