Thursday, July 17, 2008

The words of one who's been there

I was listening to Sean Hannity's radio show this afternoon when an active duty member of the military recuperating from wounds sustained in Iraq called.

He talked about the ridiculousness of Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Iraq in light of his position on the war.

The caller, who identified himself as Mike, went on to express his disgust at those who would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq before completion of the mission.

He made an interesting point.

He said that we should count the liberation of Iraq as a win in and of itself, accurately pointing out that the coalition took out the fourth largest military in the world. He went on to say that the current mission consists of stabilizing the country and to leave now undoes what we've already accomplished.

His final statement really caught my attention, not only his words, but the passion with which he spoke them.

"I have over 40 stitches in my body and I'm not willing to accept defeat. We want to win!"

This statement comes from a man put his life on the line, a man who's lost two friends on the battlefield, a man who has literally spilled his blood for the cause.

His courage and commitment stands in sharp contrast to the spineless wonders who strut around in self importance, endlessly repeating their little slogans for their own political gain.

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