Dean Barnett has a nice piece about our troops in the Weekly Standard. It tells the story of some young American men and women who joined the military after 9/11. I met members of the 9/11 Generation in Iraq much like the ones Barnett features, and correspond with many of them every week who serve our country all over the world. They are brave, smart, dedicated, faithful, and committed to protecting our country’s best interests.
The execrable Ted Rall doesn’t deserve to clean their latrines.
Here’s a snippet of Dean’s piece. Read the whole thing:
In the 1960s, history called the Baby Boomers. They didn’t answer the phone.
Confronted with a generation-defining conflict, the cold war, the Boomers–those, at any rate, who came to be emblematic of their generation–took the opposite path from their parents during World War II. Sadly, the excesses of Woodstock became the face of the Boomers’ response to their moment of challenge. War protests where agitated youths derided American soldiers as baby-killers added no luster to their image.
Few of the leading lights of that generation joined the military. Most calculated how they could avoid military service, and their attitude rippled through the rest of the century. In the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s, military service didn’t occur to most young people as an option, let alone a duty.
But now, once again, history is calling. Fortunately, the present generation appears more reminiscent of their grandparents than their parents.
I’ve spent much of the past two weeks speaking with young people (and a few not-so-young) who have made the decision to serve their country by volunteering for the military. Some of these men have Ivy League degrees; all of them are talented and intelligent individuals who–contrary to John Kerry’s infamous “botched joke” (“Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq”)–could have chosen to do anything with their lives. Having signed up, they have either gone to Iraq or
look forward to doing so. Not surprisingly, the mainstream media have underreported their stories.
Dean’s piece reminds me of the trailer for Outside The Wire. A refresher here if you haven’t already bought the DVD.
See also Michael Fumento’s moving Tough Americans, on soldiers injured in Iraq.
On a related note, those who try to tell the military stories the MSM doesn’t want to tell are getting attacked again. Matt at Blackfive blows the whistle on a Harper’s writer sneering at milbloggers.
On another related note, there are updates to the “Scott Thomas” story. See Michael Goldfarb’s latest blog post via Matt Sanchez, which includes an e-mail from FOB Falcon’s public information officer. More at Power Line, BP at Hot Air from Howard Kurtz