Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bellavia on the success of the Iraq mission: Does anyone care?

This from SSG Bellavia reminded me of


Perhaps the Iraqis have more of an appreciation than we?

Bellavia on Murtha's passing

Passed for consideration with one comment: Honest and Powerful.

Key point:

I had hated John Murtha in life. Truly hated the man. I hated how he cheapened my friends’ death and how he made it status quos to ignorantly oppose a war without the slightest understanding of why we fought.

More than that I was disgusted with how he cashed in his valor award as his subject matter expertise to attack the mission in Iraq.

Valor awards represent one day in our lives. They do not define us or make us any more special than the civilian we risked our lives to protect. Awards don’t make us tougher or stronger. 130 pound men are Medal of Honor Recipients. Valor awards are simply a badge that shows what we are willing to do for those we love.

And never be mistaken: valor is an expression of love.

Some civilians look at combat valor awards as a free pass in post war life. If anything it should make us more accountable when speaking about other men’s wars.

So many got Murtha’s message twisted. He never spoke with authority because of his Bronze Star with Valor. Remember Timothy McVeigh also was wore a Bronze star from the Gulf War. That award is nowhere near his biography today. As it shouldn’t be.

If the Bronze star made Murtha an expert on Iraq, then Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day should have canonical authority regarding all things foreign policy. It just doesn’t work that way.

Murtha was simply a test pilot; to see if the anti-war movement had legs on a national level. So Murtha bought shares while the anti-war stock was low and gambled his party would make him a star, something until that time he never had experienced.

And he won.

Karl Poppper interviewed at age 91: Karl Popper in Greece 1993

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