August 14, 2008

Freedom is not free, and a word about Bush

Freedom is not free - A stirring documentary about our warriors

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." John Stuart Mill


They are revolutionaries proudly wearing the true colors that carry the weight of the world in their immigrant red, white, and blue hands … They understand that war is not easy, and they are aware that within its frenzy of gloom it reanimates the speechless … Can we ignore misery and deepen the darkness by laying back like reclining nudes with faraway eyes? No grace, no grit, no honor.

The makers of this documentary sort to Honor Our Warriors, to raise funding and to aid wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fatally wounded. A project designed to show us all what intelligent, honorable, and brave people we have standing in the way of the free world’s demise.


I urge my readers to view the trailer here

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Postscript:

A Word about Bush

When Harry S Truman left office at the end of this second term he had a dismal approval rating of just 23 per cent. Many including his own staff judged him a failure and disliked him. He was considered the worst President since Harding of the Great Depression days.

Today on the other hand he is judged as one of the greats, and the man who set the wheels in motion for the United States to eventually defeat Communism. Do we have a modern equivalent? If so, it is perhaps George W Bush, whose unwavering commitment to the war on terror has led to a very high disapproval rating. Bush will be remembered for his responses to 9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, but since neither of those conflicts has yet ended in victory or defeat, it is too early to assume - as left-wingers, anti-war campaigners and many media commentators have - that his historical reputation will be forever low, as is Harding’s.

Historians may one day view Bush's decision to insist upon a "surge" of reinforcements for Iraq in conjunction with a comprehensive transformation of anti-insurgency tactics as masterminded by General Petraeus, as a pivotal point in the history of the war on terror. Just perhaps, in a mere decade or two the President’s judgment and decisiveness may be compared with some of the great decisions of 1945–52, as taken by Truman.

Once again, I urge my readers to view the trailer ...

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9 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

love the Mill quote!..as always excellent overview my friend to a very complex situation!

Throwing Stones said...

It's good to see a real true American speak out
God bless you

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

You and I are in agreement on how history will show George W. Bush.

His approval ratings are like Truman's and like truman history will vindicate his policy.

He is also like Reagan who though more popular when he left office, it was history that proved him right and he has become by most counts one of our top five President's

History will show that the Bush doctorine not only defeated terrorism but also made the wrold a better place. And as always it will also show that Democrats are once again on the wrong side of history!

MK said...

"Historians may one day view Bush's decision to insist upon a "surge" of reinforcements for Iraq in conjunction with a comprehensive transformation of anti-insurgency tactics as masterminded by General Petraeus, as a pivotal point in the history of the war on terror."

Perhaps one day Otto, i am skeptical that it will be any time soon and even then i don't think his haters are capable of acknowledging his accomplishments.

Also never underestimate the power of the left at re-writing history or repeating the same lies until everyone is cowed into accepting it.

Karen said...

Thanks for the link to the trailer, Otto. Terrific.

I am clear that Bush will be viewed as a strong, bold forward-thinking President. If revisionists aren't so dominant in textbook writing, that is.

The Lonely Conservative said...

Otto-Your posts are always so refreshing. Like you, I believe that W will be judged more kindly by history than he is by his contemporaries.

Jungle Mom said...

You are spot on about Bush! Few see it.

Anonymous said...

History not his story will define his legacy. He will be remembered for engaging an invasion force against a soverign nation without UN mandate over non existant WMD's.

History will show only Bin Ladens flew US skies on 9/12. HIstory will show the Bush Family financed Nazi Germany. History will show he tried ditching the geneva Convention and he failed. History will show just hom much DUBYA did for the world.

Anonymous said...

History not his story will define his legacy. He will be remembered for engaging an invasion force against a soverign nation without UN mandate over non existant WMD's.

History will show only Bin Ladens flew US skies on 9/12. HIstory will show the Bush Family financed Nazi Germany. History will show he tried ditching the geneva Convention and he failed. History will show just hom much DUBYA did for the world.