The Military Doesn’t Protect Our Freedoms? Really?

By on 11.12.13 | 2:46PM

Every few months, a radical leftist emerges from his faculty office or coffee shop to “bravely” pen an anti-military screed—almost always wrapped around condescension directed against those simple-minded Americans who “uncritically” (their word) support soldiers who have volunteered to defend our nation.

The latest edition of this faux “speak truth to power” nonsense comes from Salon and was published (of course) on Veteran’s Day.  Justin Doolittle, a “freelance writer from Long Island” believes our military does not, in fact, “protect our freedoms.” Using tributes to troops at major sporting events as a launching pad, he takes issue with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbard’s common-sense statement that our troops are “protecting our country, they’re protecting the world, and, you know, obviously we wouldn’t have freedom without them.”

Doolittle’s response:

U.S. Must Be Prepared to Face Unexpected Threats, Retired General Warns

By on 4.26.13 | 5:48PM

COLUMBUS, Georgia -- Reductions in U.S. military forces could leave America vulnerable to future threats, a retired general warned in a speech Friday.

"It is absolutely unacceptable for leaders in Washington not to be prepared for the unexpected," retired Army Lt. Gen. R.L. "Sam" Wetzel said in an address during graduation ceremonies for infantry troops at Fort Benning.

Wetzel, who first saw combat as a company commander in the Korean War, remarked that America's historic pattern is for military decreases in times of peace, followed by unexpected crises caused by enemy attacks like Pearl Harbor, which plunged the U.S. into  World War II, and the Communist invasion that began the Korean War.

Wetzel, 82, noted the current threat from North Korea -- which has developed ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons -- and especially the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran. He said the current problem posed by Islamic radicalism can be traced to the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 revolution in Iran.


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