Flag of our Failures of Nerve

November 14th, 2006

I recently watched Flag of Our Fathers.

It’s a wonderful movie (and a better book).

But the entire time I watched it, cialis sales recipe I couldn’t help contrasting America’s bravery then and our country’s cowardice now.

Yes, buy we’ve lost 2338 serviceman in the war in Iraq in the last three years.

But we lost 6,821 G.I.s in a little over a month at Iwo Jima.

Did that battle make us “change course?”

Did we draw down?

Did we run away?

No. We kept fighting until the enemy lost their will to do the same.

If today’s Democrats had been in charge in the 1940s instead of FDR, I think a very different flag might have ended up flying over Iwo Jima.

Entry Filed under: Observations,Politics

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  November 14th, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Nice photoshopping

  • 2. Melinda Omdahl  |  November 15th, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    This post is brilliant. (Even if I do say so myself.)

  • 3. grumps  |  November 18th, 2006 at 5:51 am

    Well, except for the part where we were attacked by Japan and we started the gig with Iraq.

  • 4. Administrator  |  November 18th, 2006 at 7:31 am

    Picky, picky.

    I was never a big cheerleader for getting into Iraq. My favorite thing to say at the time was, “I’m not so sure about this.”

    But Grumps, if we pull another Vietnam/Mogadishu we embolden bad folks everywhere. We teach them, once again, that if you can just make us bleed a little…no matter how little…we’ll eventually pack up and go home. That’s a lesson that’s very dangerous for our future.

    Do I want to stay in Iraq forever? Nope. But I’ll remind you that we’re still in Germany. We’re still in Japan. And we’re still in Korea.

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