Happy USMC Birthday to the members of the Corps. Here’s a guest post from Ronny, who served six years as a Marine Corps officer, including two tours in Iraq:
Hope is not security
“Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the thing which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
This morning I read Patrick Henry’s words and was struck with their appropriateness for today. We have been involved in a Global War on Terror since September 11, 2001. Yet, we still look to negotiate with rogue nations that fund our enemies, we debate whether or not supporting our General’s needs is appropriate, and we fail to recognize and deal with radical ideology displayed before us until it kills.
How long will we choose to not see the truth before us? There is a radical ideology at work in the world that seeks to destroy the innocent. Over the years it has seeped into our neighborhoods, our military, and it will not stop until we fight it at ever opportunity. Radical jihad must be stopped, and the tone must be set by our Commander in Chief. Where is the clear strategy he promised while campaigning?
If we do not confront our enemies in our current campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan we will surely reap the consequences here on our own soil. The tragedy at Fort Hood will pale in comparison to an attack on a mall or elementary school, and that is the desire of our enemies. Indulgence in hope will not make our nation safe or secure.
The Global War on Terror is being fought on two major fronts right now, and our continued success in Iraq and Afghanistan cannot be thwarted if our President will commit to victory and provide the support that is needed by the men and women of our Military. If we stand now, and we commit, we can and will win. But, our leadership must listen to the men and women that wage the war for our defense and the defense of innocent people around the world. What better day than the birthday of The United States Marine Corps for the President to back up the General that he appointed.