It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the radical, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is sometimes draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. -- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC
The War on Terrorism is no where near an end. No matter what some may want to say, this is not about just Iraq. Believe me, terrorists are EVERYWHERE because we allowed it to go on for so long. It was a growing cancer since the 1970's. On this July 4th, we have a great deal to be grateful for. I don't need to tell you that. But I will say this.
The Declaration of Independence was and is an incredible document. But what good would a piece of paper have been, if it were not for the men who fought in the Revolutionary War? It would have meant nothing. Same applies today.
Following is the Army Posture Statement of 2006.....not much has changed.
Happy 4th to all.....and God Bless America.
Army Posture Statement 2006:
We remain an Army at War. It is a war unlike any other in our Nation's history, prosecuted not by states, but by extremists employing irregular means to erode our power and resolve. Our adversaries threaten the ideas that form the bedrock of our society, endangering our freedoms and way of life. Fueled by an ideology that promotes intractable hatred, this war will endure in some form for the foreseeable future. The Army, in service to the Nation, must therefore be prepared to sustain operations during a period of persistent conflict -- a blurring of familiar distinctions between war and peace. This is the most significant aspect of the 21st century security environment.