So, when SAWB and I agree on stuff, you know there is some validity to be had. You see, both he and I believe that the Mainstream Media has done an awful job of (among other things - many, many other things) covering the Iraq war.
I don't want to put words into my friend's mouth, and to be fair, he and I disagree about many, many (many, many) things surrounding the circumstances of this war. We try not to get into that particular debate, because we've gone over that ground so many times, we can (and have) literally cut and pasted the arguments to save time.
But our disagreements ain't what this is about. It is what we do agree on that is important, and it bears repeating over and over and over.
You see, our brother and sister Americans in the desert are holding a whole damn nation together with little more than force of will and blood. I think that everytime we hear from the MSM & punditry about what a fiasco this war was, how badly it has been run, the coming Iraqi civil war, that we loose something necessary. I don't know exactly what it is, but I know it ain't there.
It is, in fact, like some Americans can't wait to loose this one, that they can't wait to say 'I told you so,' & that just makes me sick. I hate hearing it. I hate sounding like it. I hate that I have to agree with some of the things that are said on that side of the argument. Two conservative pundits, including George Will, have allegedly taken up the 'we can't win' manifesto (if anyone can find that link, I'd appreciate it). It is one thing to criticize constructively, it is another to destructively complain.
Though I know I've crossed the line from time to time, I try to keep it in the first category. I probably haven't done the best of jobs. I hate that too.
So when I came across this Newsweek article, I was shocked. I had to sit down and read the whole thing start to finish. I also had to share, just in case any of y'all done missed it. We hear so much of the bad news day to day, maybe we need to hear more about the good guys.
Men like that make me terribly proud to be an American. I think it's worth saying over and over and over. I think SAWB may agree.
PS: If he doesn't I'm sure he'll put me in my place.
PPS: Speaking of Navy, you probably can't outdrink them, I don't care where you went to school or what dorm you lived in (they don't either, apparently). It is not wise to try.