by John Hawkins | October 3, 2003 11:59 pm
I’ve been meaning to post this truly powerful speech from Douglas MacArthur for a while now. The words MacArthur spoke are always applicable, but seem particularly relevant now to the war on terrorism. Here’s a sample from this magnificent speech MacArthur gave back in 1962 to the corp of cadets at West Point…
“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.”
It’s worth your time to read this one. (Cont)
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