Heroes, villains and the wussification of America

I’ll be honest: I have come a long way in life in the past three years – spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. I believe I am more mild mannered and cool tempered than I used to be by a long shot. However, there are some things that I still believe are worth fighting and being willing to die for – namely freedom and the idea of America. I do believe that if somebody hits you, you hit them back; I believe you hit them as many times as you need to in order to secure your safety. I believe if your family is in danger you must be willing to fight by any means necessary in order to prevent their harm.

Maybe that’s the Marine in me, maybe it’s the guy who was passive to a fault in high school and figured out the hard way that passivity doesn’t equal safety. Whatever it is, that’s who I am.

That being my disclaimer, I will say what I’m going to write is not for the faint of heart or the weak kneed. If you taught your kids to never hit back, this post isn’t going to sit well. If you believe that “talking things out” with people who only know communication through violence and force will work, you are probably going to be steaming mad if you even make it to the end of this post.

Now that I’ve let you know where I’m coming from, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

War is a nasty thing; no doubt about it. However, throughout time it has existed and, I believe, will always exist until Our Heavenly Father places paradise on earth. With that, there are warriors. Some of those warriors are ones who do their job and are grouped with others who do the same. There are also those warriors that stand out for their exceptional expertise and ability to perform their job. One of those people was Chris Kyle, of whom the blockbuster release “American Sniper” has proved that America still believes in recognizing exceptional individuals.

Those type of men go forth and provide examples of phenomenal abilities; there is a cost, though – their reputations come from decisions made that will forever be under the microscope. Decisions semi-similar to the one President Bush made to place our men and women in the military under harms way. Decisions that are still being made by leaders to send their military in to a fight that will cost some lives and change other lives forever. It’s all a field-day for Monday morning quarterbacks.

However, as a former Marine and Iraq Veteran who was part of 47 convoy missions in Iraq in 2005, I recognize the need for these actions to be taken when the fabric of human dignity and respect is under fire.

That dignity and respect for America was threatened on September 11, 2001. That same dignity and respect for life was threatened by Saddam Hussein when he gassed his own people, when he paid families of “martyrs” (of which I have seen the checks he wrote), and when he refused almost two dozen times to abide by a UN resolution he agreed to 10 years earlier that would allow the world to know he wasn’t fabricating nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

I also recognize the need to show and use force against a people who behead, burn, cage and torture innocent individuals who are defenseless. People who do this, in the name of religion or otherwise, do not understand diplomacy. They are not interested in reconciliation. And they are not “on the run” anywhere except toward the front gates of bases manned by American Marines.

Because they don’t understand anything but force, I am forever relieved that the country of Jordan has entered the stage in the capacity it has.

After one of their soldiers was burned alive and that burning was placed on the web for the world to see, they have chosen to respond with force. Good. At least somebody is.

You see, when there is a bully on the block, that bully will continue to punk everyone he can until somebody stands up to him, is ready to fight back, and is ready to “hit him back as many times as you need to in order to secure your safety.” Will Jordan do this? I don’t know. But what I do know is they have symbolically done more with the little they have than America has with all her might.

Now, given, it hasn’t been all that long since America was something to be feared. When I left Iraq, America was in a good gun fight. When Bush left Washington, DC, we were winning that fight. So while I believe that we are weak kneed, and are viewed as such around the world in 2015, all is not lost.

But the way to gain that back isn’t by praising Michael Moore and Seth Rogan for badmouthing one of America’s modern-day heroes. It isn’t regained by electing passive leaders who can’t seem to mutter the words “Radical Islam.” It isn’t by creating bully legislation and legislation protecting everybody from everything including their own shadows.

It’s done by being willing, as a nation and as individual citizens, to realize that war is sometimes necessary – and when we get in it, we do so with the resolve to accept nothing short of victory. It’s done by teaching our children there are some things worth fighting for. We do it by not letting those who would have us wear elbow pads and helmets to leave our home continue to wussify our nation through media and Hollywood, public schools and universities.

Man up, America, and quit letting pacifists ruin the honor we give our heroes, and villains continue to run amok without response or repercussion.

I’ll support President Obama… IF….

“I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we’re ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al-Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” -George W. Bush, July 12, 2007

When Nick Ibarra becomes President the foreign policy will be quite simple:

“From the date of my inauguration, all foreign allies will have 180 days to contact my administration and renegotiate the terms of our alliance and of any American military presence on your soil (ie, military bases in Germany, Japan, etc.). After that 180 days, America will place you in the category of Inactive Ally.

“To those nations who we renegotiate with in the first 180 days: as our Active Allies, we got your back.

“To all nations: for the next two years all foreign aide will cease; in order for the United States to put our home in order, we have to first put our finances in order. It’s nothing personal.

“To those nations, organizations, and other entities who view the United States and our Active Allies as the enemy: we are going to begin the process of rebuilding our nation’s military to once again be the most powerful military in the world. We will succeed. If you decide you want to act in hostility against the United States, our economic interests, or our Active Allies, we will destroy you. We know that in the past political correctness has hindered our ability to destroy our enemy, so we are going to redefine the terms in which we fight. Under the new Rules of Engagement, we will follow one rule: Win.”

Now – that’s some years down the road, so until then we have to deal with the current Administration of President Obama. Unfortunately he and his predecessor, President Bush, didn’t heed President Bush’s advice as stated in the quote above.

That brings us to this evening and the President’s 8pm (CST) address to the nation regarding ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). After months of the mayhem and destruction, Mr. Obama is going to discuss his plan with us.

If there is one, and if it involves destroying the current threat of Radical Islamic Militants, I am on board – I’ll support him ON THIS ISSUE. I don’t want any discussion of “Red Lines”, his concern or “need to be clear”, or any other weak kneed statements about disabling the enemy. Destroy them.  

In 2014, Obama Talk is about as unreliable as a Mini with 100,000 miles on it. He needs to do something or stop alluding to the idea that he will.

I’m tired of it.

That’s all for today. No moral to the story or insight from the SW MO Thinker. Just an former Marine Sergeant and Iraq Veteran who is tired of America looking weak.