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Duty, Honor, and Other Countries
American Thinker ^
| May 26, 2010
| Jeannie DeAngelis
Posted on 05/26/2010 9:03:12 AM PDT by jazusamo
Imagine -- graduating from an influential military academy. Graduation Day comes, and America's finest are forced to respectfully endure oratory drivel, spoken by a left-wing radical loosely disguised as a president.
That is exactly what West Point cadets were subjected to at the 2010 commencement address delivered by Barack Obama. Elite American soldiers/scholars were informed by the Commander-in-Chief that defending America is now on par with the advancement of Obama's unique vision for "international order."
The president said,
You have pushed yourself through the agony of Beast Barracks; the weeks of training in rain and mud; and, I am told, more inspections and drills than perhaps any class before you. Along the way, I'm sure you faced moments when you asked yourself: "What am I doing here?"
Based on the cadets' lackluster response to the keynote speaker, the question should have been posed to Obama: "No, what are you doing here?"
Barack's commencement address gave graduates an opportunity to put into practice the class motto: "Loyal 'Til the End." Respectful cadets exemplified patriotic deference to the office of the president despite the person possessing the title.
Imagine enduring years of grueling study and training to then hear that military performance will be measured not only by grit and commitment, but also by understanding, "cultures, traditions and languages in the places where you serve."
Obama's global vision motto should be "Duty, Honor, and Other Countries."
In addition to advancing international order, President Obama looked out over a sea of gray-suited graduates and, true to form, inserted into the discussion gender politics. Obama lauded "Liz Betterbed and Alex Rosenberg" as the first female cadets in West Point history to earn the top two awards. In a military dedicated to identification as a whole, Obama verbally divided the singular assembly into sexual groupings.
Obama used the speech to carry on with the unrelenting chastisement of Bush, couching disdain in war talk:
For many years, our focus was on Iraq. Year after year, our troops faced a set of challenges there that were as daunting as they were complex. A lesser Army might have seen its spirit broken. But the American military is more resilient than that ... As we end the war in Iraq, we are pressing forward in Afghanistan[.]
President Obama neither accepts blame nor gives credit, so he offered Bush no thanks. Instead, he proposed "political solutions" to dealing with terrorist insurgencies here and abroad. No wonder the cadets clapped as if being elbowed by a commanding officer.
Armed with "a strategy of national renewal and global leadership," Obama spoke of a "horizon" ahead filled with "peace and prosperity" in a world filled with butterflies, rainbows, and the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, and various and sundry despots, tyrants, and control freaks.
Soldiers graduating from West Point were exhorted to lift their vision toward "national renewal," better defined as Obama-induced state-run destruction.
Speaking of damage, Barack highlighted the "era of economic transformation and individual empowerment; of ancient hatreds and new dangers; of emerging powers and global challenges." The president didn't disappoint; he remembered to remind cadets that "too many of our institutions have acted irresponsibly." Is this the reason why Obama is transforming the economy by undermining individual empowerment, stirring up hatred, coddling emerging dictatorial powers, and focusing on global versus national challenges?
Renowned historian Barack Obama reminded cadets, "At no time in human history has a nation of diminished economic vitality maintained its military and political primacy." This raises the question: Why is the president doing everything in his power to undermine the economic vitality of America?
Obama's statement that "America's armed forces [though] adapting to changing times," are "efforts [that] must be complemented," indicated renewed presidential interest in a civilian security force "just as powerful and just as strong" as the U.S. military.
In a world replete with cross-currents of noncooperation, Barack laid out plans to resolve the challenges of our generation by placing America in currents of nonexistent international cooperation.
Does Barack Obama expect West Point cadets to accept the premise that nuclear weapons and materials will be stopped and secured by some sort of global solidarity effort? Is the American military also supposed to accept terrorists intent on blowing up innocent people in Times Square, or, God forbid, will gunning down soldiers on a military base be discouraged by some ethereal new world order?
In addition to an ad for global citizenry, the West Point 2010 graduation became another platform for Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama to rally on behalf of Islam. Is West Point's military graduation really an appropriate setting to advocate for better treatment of Muslims?
At any rate, President Obama told cadets, "We see it in al-Qaeda's gross distortion of Islam, their disrespect for human life, and their attempts to prey upon fear, and hatred, and prejudice. ... Extremists want a war between America and Islam, but Muslims are a part of our national life, including those who serve in our Army."
However, despite the many Nidal Hasan wannabes dwelling among us, Obama believes that "[w]e cannot succumb to division because others try to drive us apart. We are the [USA]. We've repaired our union, faced down fascism, and outlasted communism. We have gone through turmoil and come out stronger, and we will do so once more."
Sounds more like the restitution period America will need to undergo when -- or if -- Obama ever decides to leave public office.
Obama encouraged the promotion of values worldwide "through fidelity to the rule of law and our Constitution, even when it's hard," which is a stunningly disingenuous statement, coming as it does from someone who flouts the rule of law. Governor Jan Brewer's biggest critic is Barack Obama, who, together with the federal government, resists Arizona's attempt to enforce immigration law.
Continuing with the address, Obama said, "Where an individual is silenced, we aim to be her voice. Where ideas are suppressed, we provide space for open debate ... Where human dignity is denied, America opposes poverty and is a source of opportunity. That is who we are. That is what we do."
This is the same man who mocks the Tea Party and disparages Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News. Let's not forget that Barack also approves of leaving infants born alive after botched abortions to die, void of an iota of human dignity. Obama's policies promote poverty and deprive opportunity, and thanks to his exceptional leadership, "[t]hat is who we now are. That is what we now do."
Obama told cadets that they have "a long and hard road" to travel. "You go abroad because your service is fundamental to our security back home. You go abroad as representatives of the values that this country was founded upon," which seems like a fruitless endeavor because founding values are what Obama's international order and socialistic agenda are in the process of destroying.
The president finished up by saying, "And when you inevitably face setbacks -- when the fighting is fierce or a village elder is fearful; when the end that you are seeking seems uncertain -- think back to West Point"...and a speech that presents soldiers with the probing question: "What exactly are we fighting for?"
TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: obama; westpoint
Well said by Jeannie DeAngelis.
posted on 05/26/2010 9:03:12 AM PDT
May it never happen, because it means uniform thinking and totalitarianism.
Never sacrifice individualism on the altar of stability.
That way leads to China.
What ever happened to “God, Family, Country”? Or maybe he never heard of this.
posted on 05/26/2010 9:40:38 AM PDT
Well said by Jeannie DeAngelis.
jazusamo - This arrogant POS probably invited himself to give this terrible graduation address to these fine young men and women. As the father of two West Point grads who served honorably, I can honestly say that this was without a doubt the most horrible action these cadets will ever see or hear. God bless these young men and women for sitting through the torture chamber of being required to listen and not disgrace this absolute jerk. Below is the most memorable speech ever given at West Point
The Farewell Address of General Douglas MacArthur
Delivered before the Corps of Cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point on May 12, 1962, upon acceptance of the Sylvanus Thayer Award for service to his nation. The General spoke without a prepared address. Without even notes. And yet, this moving address commits to words as never before the creed of the Long Gray Line. It does more. It honors with eloquence the American Soldier - his courage, his sacrifices, his deeds.
General Westmoreland, General Grove, distinguished guests, and gentlemen of the Corps!
As I was leaving the hotel this morning, a doorman asked me, "Where are you bound for General?" And when I replied, "West Point," he remarked, "Beautiful place. Have you ever been there before?"
No human being could fail to be deeply moved by such a tribute as this. Coming from a profession I have served so long, and a people I have loved so well, it fills me with an emotion I cannot express. But this award is not intended primarily to honor a personality, but to symbolize a great moral code - the code of conduct and chivalry of those who guard this beloved land of culture and ancient descent. That is the animation of this medallion. For all eyes and for all time, it is an expression of the ethics of the American soldier. That I should be integrated in this way with so noble an ideal arouses a sense of pride and yet of humility which will be with me always.
Duty - Honor - Country.
Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points; to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean. The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.
But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character; they mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nations defense; they make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid. They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success, not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others; to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high; to learn to laugh yet never forget how to weep; to reach into the future yet never neglect the past; to be serious yet never to take yourself too seriously; to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. They give you a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for adventure over love of ease. They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life. They teach you in this way to be an officer and a gentleman.
And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead? Are they reliable? Are they brave? Are they capable of victory? Their story is known to all of you; it is the story of the American man-at-arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many many years ago, and has never changed. I regarded him then as I regard him now - as one of the worlds noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemys breast. But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements. In twenty campaigns, on a hundred battlefields, around a thousand campfires, I have witnessed that enduring fortitude, that patriotic self-abnegation, and that invincible determination which have carved his statue in the hearts of his people. From one end of the world to the other he has drained deep the chalice of courage.
As I listened to those songs in memorys eye, I could see those staggering columns of the First World War, bending under soggy packs, on many a weary march from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, slogging ankle deep through the mire of shell-shocked roads, to form grimly for the attack, blue lipped, covered with sludge and mud, chilled by the wind and rain, driving home to their objective, and for many, to the judgment seat of God. I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory. Always for them - Duty - Honor - Country;
always their blood and sweat and tears as we sought the way and the light and the truth.
And twenty years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storm, the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails, the bitterness of long separation from those they loved and cherished, the deadly pestilence of tropical disease, the horror of stricken areas of war; their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory - always victory - always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men reverently following your password of Duty - Honor - Country.
The code which those words perpetrate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong. The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.
You now face a new world - a world of change. The thrust into outer space of the satellites, spheres, and missiles mark the beginning of another epoch in the long story of mankind. In the five or more billions of years the scientists tell us it has taken to form the earth, in the three or more billion years of development of the human race, there has never been a more abrupt or staggering evolution. We deal now not with things of this world alone, but with the illimitable distances and as yet unfathomed mysteries of the universe. We are reaching out for a new and boundless frontier. We speak in strange terms: of harnessing the cosmic energy; of making winds and tides work for us; of creating unheard synthetic materials to supplement or even replace our old standard basics; to purify sea water for our drink; of mining ocean floors for new fields of wealth and food; of disease preventatives to expand life into the hundreds of years; of controlling the weather for a more equitable distribution of heat and cold, of rain and shine; of space ships to the moon; of the primary target in war, no longer limited to the armed forces of an enemy, but instead to include his civil populations; of ultimate conflict between a united human race and the sinister forces of some other planetary galaxy; of such dreams and fantasies as to make life the most exciting of all time.
And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purposes, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishment; but you are the ones who are trained to fight; yours is the profession of arms - the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that if you lose, the nation will be destroyed; that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty - Honor - Country.
Others will debate the controversial issues, national and international, which divide mans minds; but serene, calm, aloof, you stand as the nations 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 tenfold 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 nations 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.
This does not mean that you are war mongers. On the contrary, the soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, that wisest of all philosophers, "Only the dead have seen the end of war."
The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished from tone and tint; they have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly, but with thirsty ear, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange mournful mutter of the battlefield. But, in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes - Duty - Honor - Country.
Today marks my final roll call with you. But I want you to know, that when I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the Corps - and the Corps - and the Corps.
I bid you farewell.
posted on 05/26/2010 9:46:55 AM PDT
(Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
Yep, he doesn’t seem to be into that even though I’m sure he’s heard of them. It’s plain to see the reason for the lack of response from the graduates.
posted on 05/26/2010 9:48:25 AM PDT
(But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
To: B-Cause; SandRat
Well said, B-Cause!
It is incomprehensible to me that he gave this address to these fine young men and women, arrogant POS is most appropriate for him.
I can imagine how proud a father you must be to have two West Point graduates in the family, may God bless them both.
Thank you for your post and for posting General MacArthur’s Farewell Address to the class of 1962.
posted on 05/26/2010 10:06:06 AM PDT
(But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
The Long Gray Line serves our nation patiently and selflessly. West Point and our military understand that we will occassionally have leaders who do not deserve the respect of the soldiers they command, but the soldiers respect the office and the process that put them there.
The military knows that Obama was an accident in American history and this too shall pass.
posted on 05/26/2010 11:02:41 AM PDT
To: B-Cause; jazusamo
B-Cause, take time to be wee proud of your children. They bring honor to you and your house.
jazusamo, calling the Great Pretender a POS is far too kind but, I understand you have to stay within FR protocols and standards for behavior.
posted on 05/26/2010 5:55:43 PM PDT
(Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
posted on 05/27/2010 9:25:38 AM PDT
(The "N" word stands for NO...as in NO MORE VOTES FOR IRRESPONSIBLE CONGRESSMEN OR SENATORS.)
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