"These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country." General Douglas MacArthur
The insect formerly known as "Bradley Manning" currently has "let if be known" that s/he/it wishes to be known as "Chelsea" and have the Army pay for s/he/it's "gender reassignment surgery." I am sure that there are many who, having lost limbs in their Army service, would be more than happy to let this traitor have some speed gender reassignment surgery for free. "‘Tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished."
Although I know this creature will, from time to time, crawl back into the news, today's proclamation will be the high water mark of s/he/it's notoriety. At some point in the near future s/he/it will disappear inside the walls of Leavenworth and fade into the dull, grey life inside an institution. And the days will roll into the weeks and into the months and on into the years. Yesterday s/he/it was a traitor. Today s/he/it is a joke. Tomorrow joke time will be over.
If you think you're Napoleon, you're insane, if you think you're Josephine, the State will pay to make it come true.-- Bill Jones
[HT: Christopher Taylor, Word Around the Net]
General Douglas MacArthur "Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide men's minds. But serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the Nation's war guardian, as its lifeguard from the raging tides of international conflict, as its gladiator in the arena of battle. For a century and a half you have defended, guarded, and protected its hallowed traditions of liberty and freedom, of right and justice.
"Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government: Whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing indulged in too long, by Federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be.
"These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution. Your guidepost stands out like a ten-fold beacon in the night: Duty, honor, country.
"You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the Nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds.
"The long, gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, honor, country."Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 22, 2013 1:42 PM