I’ve finished Michael Yon’s, Moment of Truth.
It is well worth it. Even if you’ve kept up on his blog.
The thing that struck me over and over in this book concerns what Ralph Peters writes about today as it relates to Reverend Wright.
Really. Mr. Peters writes of a culture of blame perpetuated by the likes of Wright. Blame everyone else for all of your problems.
The demagogue’s bottom line is always: Your failures aren’t your fault – it’s all their fault. Whitey’s to blame, or people of color, or the Jews (those Elders of Zion sure do stay busy) or black helicopters from the UN. It’s a formula for the perpetuation of failure.
Fortunately for us, this paralyzing cult of victimhood is the antithesis of the ethic that allowed the United States to achieve the quality of life the vast majority of us enjoy today. What built our country was the get-up-off-your-butt belief that God, by any name, helps those who help themselves.
Moment of Truth writes often of how throughout the war in Iraq, during the bad times and the more recent good times, our people, Americans, have shared an ethic that includes doing for yourself.
Yes, complain about the government. But if that particular pothole in front of your house is bothering you and the govt isn’t fixing it, then fix it yourself. (my example, not Yon’s) That is the part of Americans that Iraqis are seeing and appreciating. Ok – that and the fact that al-qaeda is soooo evil that it’s clear, crystal clear that we are the good guys there.
We truly are an amazing country.
That being said, I am getting sick to death of stories like this on Fort Bragg coming out.
Army Widens Probe after finding bad conditions at Fort Bragg
“Oh we would have fixed it if we had only known”. Bullshit oh political puff talker.
What the f*** is it going to take to treat our soldiers right from the get go?