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In the mail: an advance copy of Home of the Brave : Honoring the Unsung Heroes in the War on Terror.
I've mentioned it here before, And I'm looking forward to reading it. At a glance I see some familiar names: Leigh Ann Hester, Paul Ray Smith, Rafael Peralta (who has been nominated for the Medal of Honor) - and 16 others I'll be getting to know this weekend.
They are nineteen of the most highly decorated soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in the United States military, and yet most Americans don’t even know their names. In this riveting, intimate account, former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and Wynton C. Hall tell stories of jaw-dropping heroism and hope in Afghanistan and Iraq.Another great generation.
Home of the Brave takes readers beyond the bullets and battles and into the hearts and minds of the men and women who are fighting terrorists overseas so that America doesn’t have to fight them at home. These are the powerful, true-life stories of the hopes, fears, and triumphs these men and women experienced fighting the War on Terror. But more than that, these are the stories of soldiers who risked everything to save lives and defend freedom.
Sounds like a good read . . . will have to pick it up. Thanks for the tip!Posted by Phil at February 17, 2006 04:15 AM
This is one of the things I think Bush/Cheney/etc really blew it (and I'm a liberal). They have never bothered to tell us what we are doing there (and why). And the stories of these heroes is a significant part of that.
Why hasn't this been publisized by the administration?Posted by David Thielen at February 17, 2006 04:33 AM
These heroes are already forgotten and villified by the left. 50000 men lost their lives in vain in Vietnam because of liberal lies. The good citizens of this fair republic must ensure that the errors of the past are not repeated. Our just cause must be defended by thinking people.
The OraclePosted by The Oracle at February 17, 2006 06:27 AM
David, do a thought experiment. Suppose the administration made a particular point of praising these soldiers, really making sure everyone knew. How would it be recieved?
I think it would be percieved as propaganda, self serving and perhaps untrue.
The DoD *does* publish this stuff. The media has full access to it. *We* get it on milblogs because people like Greyhawk take the time to link the stories.
The regular news *could* but it doesn't. I think that they feel that info distributed by the military is less reliable... propaganda. By definition borderline lies... at the very least completely one sided.Posted by Julie at February 17, 2006 07:09 AM
This will be the next book I get for my children. I can't wait to read it.
SubsunkPosted by Subsunk at February 17, 2006 12:22 PM
David: I'm not sure how anyone can say that the administration hasn't explained what we are there for or why. We are there helping the Iraqis transition to a democratic government because it's in both our interests and the interests of the Iraqi people.
Julie: As a Army PAO, I couldn't agree more. This stuff is available all the time, everywhere. No it's not covered by the MSM because unfortunately it's not why most people tune in. They definitely feel that information provided by us is at best one-sided.
But that's the advantage of the blogging community, right?