I read with great interest Mr. John Guardiano’s article on the reaction to Gen. James N. Mattis that have received such attention of late. Mr. Guardiano’s writing of the General and how he commands was very informative. His take on how wildly uninformed the opinions on the Right & Left on the General were also spot on.p>All of which I understood the moment I heard the General’s sound bite on the radio. A Great man speaks to you. He doesn’t need explanations. br> — Jon W. Taliaferro br> Reston, Virginia /p>
While I agree wholeheartedly with John Guardiano’s defending General Mattis from the silly accusations made by the chattering class, I do find odd this comment made by the General and Mr. Guardiano’s interpretation of it:
“I don’t give a damn about the officers. If they don’t like what they’re doing, they can get on a plane and leave the Corps — go back where they came from. But I do care deeply about those 18- and 19-year-old Lance Corporals out on the front lines.” The General was telling me that, as an officer, I better be concerned with helping younger, junior Marines, not advancing my own career.p>Certainly the sentiment of looking out for the younger Marines is correct, but does caring about 18- and 19-year-old lance corporals preclude having the same regard for 21- or 22-year-old second lieutenants? I can’t imagine any senior officer of field grade or flag rank not being concerned with both the general welfare and career development of his or her junior officers.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online