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Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Roosevelt

Here are a three quotes from President Theodore Roosevelt that I think apply to our current situation in Iraq:

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. "

and

"The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats."

and

"It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things."

It is worth noting that after the Spanish-American War, in which Roosevelt fought, there was a protracted insurgency in the Philippines. It took years for us to put it down. Roosevelt knew a little bit about courage, perseverance and finishing the job!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Salomé said...

Those are great comments. I think they'd also apply to other normal, day to day circumstances. :-)

6:25 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I don't think we're educated enough as kids in the wars of old (such as the Spanish-American, the Philipinen (or however you spell it :-) ) insurgency, our interdictions into Nicaragua with the Marines back in the '20s, etc.). I don't remember being taught about these in high school. That definitely works against us, as far as I'm concerned.

"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life. " That could be applied to the coming North American Union. We want to compete with China so bad we're willing to dissolve our borders with Canada and Mexico. Stay safe!

7:07 AM  

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