This young soldier took turns at point with a good buddy of his, but the guys in his patrol liked him best because he was handy with the machine gun. They had been taking turns one day when his buddy was shot. It was a roll of the dice. If it had been him as pointman he would have been shot. The father spoke of how this buddy had died in his son’s arms shortly after being hit. His last words were, “Josh, I’ve been shot.” The father was reluctant to tell his wife about this incident. Mothers, you see, don’t mourn just for their own.
But the inconvenient truth about all of this delicious D.C. drama is that swapping out one Pentagon pasha for another won’t fix President Obama’s floundering foreign and national security program. It’s not so much the people that are the drawback; it’s the policies. Simply said: We’ve been plowing into the plethora of international problems imprecisely.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
The VA has repeatedly denied the agency access to review processes and procedures, and has yet to acknowledge receipt of the agency’s Freedom of Information Act request that was filed 20 days ago.
I’ve never been a prisoner to need or to dictators. But “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” This year I bow my head in prayer that I might have the strength and wisdom to fight the hard battles here at home that Americans may still have a Republic worth fighting for on the field of combat.
Arland could have tied the rope around himself as it dangled near him, but time and again, he passed the rope to another passenger who was still alive.
For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.
Please help me provide our Vietnam veterans with beautiful storybooks which they can read to their grandchildren and teach them that America is good, America has always been good, and fighting for America in the Vietnam War was the right thing to do.