Weak men


Weak men

To the editor:

I have now lived the repetitive full circle of history in my lifetime

“Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.”

History has consistently warned our leaders and citizens of the danger of weakness, but here we are on the precipice of World War III. Long have we been told that weakness invites aggression, yet here we are again. We seem to have believed that we were such a righteous and blessed people that the rules that have governed mankind since the dawn of time, just didn’t apply to us. We were just too darn smart and virtuous as a people to suffer the fate of the nations and empires that have gone before us. 

Sorry, fellow citizens, but peace and prosperity just doesn’t magically happen. It must be earned. Very little that our pompous leaders and bureaucrats have done over the past 40 years has done anything to increase our prosperity or provide for our collective security. In point of fact, they seem to have done everything in their power to ensure our demise and decline. Those that came before us paid that price but now we have found them not worthy of our respect and admiration. We tear down their statues and deface their memorials, yet our own virtue signaling is nothing more than
empty words.

Twice, near the end of the 20th Century, I served in West Germany as part of the U.S. commitment to NATO. My first tour along the East-West border was with an armored cavalry unit that was at the very tip of the NATO spear. It was our job to absorb the initial blows of a Russian attack, and then trade ground and our lives till reinforcements from our west could arrive to continue the battle. We were not a confident force because of the strain that the Vietnam War had put on the Army, but we were determined to do our duty, just like those who had gone before us.

When I returned to Germany in the late 1980s it was a completely different Army. Two decades of modernization that I had participated in and improved training had made us a lethal force. We were backed by a strong economy and strong leaders like President Ronald Reagan. My brigade in the 3rd Infantry Division alone had 116 M1A1 tanks, and there were another 12 armored/mechanized brigades standing alongside us with another 12 brigade sets of equipment ready to be occupied by stateside reinforcements.

Because of our strength, the Russians never attacked and the Iron Curtain collapsed just as I returned stateside. Shortly thereafter that magnificent Army was scavenged for the First Gulf War. They helped run over the Iraqi Army in four days and dealt so much death and destruction that President Bush halted the war before a suitable conclusion was reached.

That army should have returned to Europe to follow up on NATO expansion to the East, but our national leadership failed to act. In the end our presence in Europe was abandoned and the vacuum was never filled by countries like France and Germany. Meanwhile we abandoned our manufacturing base to China and are again abandoning our energy dominance to a bunch of dodgy dictators. Wake up! We live in a world where monsters really exist and we can’t fight them with diversity, inclusion, and equity (DIE). That doesn’t cut it on a real battlefield. Ask the Ukrainians.

We now need that magnificent army in eastern Europe, but only stories from old soldiers remain. President Joe Biden finally decided to send ONE armored brigade to help guard the eastern flank of NATO, but that is merely more virtue signaling from a weak, silly, trivial leader. Like him, our nation has become weak and silly. Our media fills our days with trivial talk about gender and pronouns while our nation rots from the inside out. We brag that we are the greatest nation on earth but that is becoming a myth based on the achievements of generations past. We are all show, and no go; and until we elect leaders who can talk the talk and walk the walk, we are destined to circle the toilet bowl
of history. 

Rudyard Kipling warned us back in 1919 as the world came out of World War 1 of the unescapable conditions inherent in human nature, witnessed by history and ignored at our peril:

“There are only four things certain since Social Progress began

That as it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man.

The Dog returns to his vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire.

And that after this is accomplished and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins.

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn

The Gods of (our nature) with terror and slaughter return!”


— Doug Jorrey

LTC, USA (retired)

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