THE THOUGHTS OF A TRUE AMERICAN
Expressed my sentiments completely......
This one is definitely not tongue in cheek. Sig, the author, was
a teen-aged Marine who marched and fought as a rifleman to and from
the Chosin reservoir in Korea in 1950. He switched to the Army
and served as a Special Forces officer in Vietnam. After Vietnam
he joined the CIA and went back to Korea. He's been there, done
it, and has some specific thoughts on countries that don't "like" us.
If you aren't interested in the ramblings of an old man, please delete
If you're still there, pull up a chair and listen.
Is there anyone else out there who's sick and tired of all the polls
being taken in foreign countries as to whether or not they "like" us?
The last time I looked, the word "like" had nothing to do with foreign
policy. I prefer 'respect' or 'fear'. They worked for Rome,
which civilized and kept the peace in the known world a hell of a lot
longer than our puny two centuries-plus.
I see a left-wing German got elected to office recently by campaigning
against the foreign policy of the United States. Yeah, that's
what I want, to be lectured about war and being a "good neighbor" by
a German. Their head honcho said they wouldn't take part in a
war against Iraq.
Kind of nice, to see them taking a pass on a war once in while.
Perhaps we needed to have the word "World" in front of War. I
think it's time to bring our boys home from Germany. Outside of
the money we'd save, we'd make the Germans "like" us a lot more, after
they started paying the bills for their own defense.
Last time I checked, France isn't too fond of us either. They
sort of liked us back on June 6th, 1944, though, didn't they?
If you don't think so, see how nicely they take care of the enormous
American cemeteries up above the Normandy beaches. For those of
you who've studied history, we also have a few cemeteries in places
like Belleau Woods and Chateau Thierry also.
For those of you who haven't studied it, that was from World War One,
the first time Europe screwed up and we bailed out the French.
That's where the US Marines got the title 'Devil Dogs' or, if you still
care about what the Germans think, "Teufelhunde". I hope I spelled
that right; sure wouldn't want to offend anyone, least of all, a German.
Come to think of it, when Europe couldn't take care of their Bosnian
problem recently, guess who had to help out there also. Last time
I checked, our kids are still there. I sort of remember they said
they would be out in a year. Gee, how time flies when you're having
Now we hear that the South Koreans aren't too happy with us either.
They "liked" us a lot better, of course, in June, 1950. It took
50,000 Americans killed in Korea to help give them the lifestyle they
currently enjoy, but then who's counting? I think it's also time
to bring the boys home from there. There are about 37,000 young
Americans on the DMZ separating the South Koreans from their "brothers"
up North. Maybe if we leave, they can begin to participate in
the "good life" that North Korea currently enjoys.
I also understand that a good portion of the Arab/Moslem world now doesn't
"like" us either. Did anyone ever sit down and determine what
we would have to do to get them to like us? Ask them what they
would like us to do.
Die? Commit ritual suicide? Bend over?
Maybe we should follow the advice of our dimwitted, dullest knife in
the drawer, Senator Patty Murray, and build more roads, hospitals, day
care centers, and orphanages like Osama bin Laden does. What with
all the orphans Osama has created, the least he can do is build some
places to put them. Senator Stupid says if we would only "emulate"
Osama, the Arab world would love us. Sorry Patty. In addition
to the fact that we already do all of those things around the world
and have been doing them for over sixty years. I don't take public
transportation, and I certainly wouldn't take it with a bomb strapped
to the guy next to me.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not in favor of going to war. Been there,
done that. Several times, in fact. But I think we ought
to have some polls in this country about other countries, and see if
we "like" THEM. Problem is, if you listed the countries, not only
wouldn't the average American know if he liked them or not, he wouldn't
be able to find them. If we're supposed to worry about them, how
about them worrying about us?
We were nice to the North Koreans in 1994, as we followed the policies
of Neville Clinton. And it seemed to work; they didn't re-start
nuclear weapons program for a whole year or so. In the meantime,
we fed them when they were starving, and put oil in their stoves when
they were freezing.
In a recent visit to Norway, I engaged in a really fun debate with my
cousin's son, a student at a Norwegian University. I was lectured
to by this thankless squirt about the American "Empire", and scolded
about dropping the atomic bomb on the Japanese. I reminded him
that empires usually keep the stuff they take. We don't.
Back in 1945 most Norwegians thought dropping ANY kind of bomb on Germany
or Japan was a good idea.
I also reminded him that my uncle, his grandfather, and others in our
family spent a significant time in Sachsenhausen concentration camp,
courtesy of the Germans, and they didn't all survive. I further
reminded him that if it wasn't for the "American Empire" he would probably
be speaking German or Russian.
Sorry about the rambling, but I just took an unofficial poll here at
our house, and we don't seem to like anyone.
Happy New Year.
James H. Connell