The Foes of Our Own Household

–Theodore Roosevelt, 1917:  

“The man who still asks ‘why we are at war’ or apologizes in any way for Germany ( or al Qaeda), should look to his own soul; he is neither a patriot nor a true American, nor a lover of mankind; and the foes of his own household are the folly and the cowardice and the cold selfishness of his own heart.

We should hold Germany (al Qaeda) in horror for what she has (they have) done!  But we should regard with contempt and loathing the Americans who directly or indirectly give her (them) aid and comfort; whether they do so by downright attack on our own country, by upholding Germany (al Qaeda), by assailing any of our Allies; by trying to discourage our people from vigorous, resolute, unyielding prosecution of the war, or by crying on behalf of peace, peace, when there ought not to be peace.”   

Contempt.  Check.

Loathing.  Check.

Country First.

UPDATE: Bill Whittle, 2008:
time and time again, the good and decent common people have manned the walls of the city, and have been ready to give their lives in its defense, only to discover too late that some silk-robed son of a bitch has snuck out of the palace at midnight and thrown open the gates to the barbarians outside.



Filed under Idea War, Morale Operations

4 responses to “The Foes of Our Own Household

  1. Grimmy

    Ace of Spades has issued a call to his readers to stand-to and man the walls.

    He might welcome some private conversation on proven methods.

  2. Grimmy

    On topic this time:

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear.”

    Quote by: Marcus Tullius Cicero
    (106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
    Date: 42 B.C.
    Source: Speech in the Roman Senate

    It was explained to me, long ago, by a gunny during the wait part of a “hurry up and wait” Alpha Increment recall exercises.

    He explained to me that where most folk screw the pooch at a gut level is in failure to distinguish between opponents and enemy.

    Opponents are who you fight. Opponents must be defeated, but in the end, once the fight is done, there’s no more need or value in holding harsh against them.

    Enemy are those who are supposed to be with you in the fight against opponents. Enemy are those, who instead of fighting beside you, support the cause of the opponents.

    Enemy are to be destroyed, mercilessly, vindictively, remorselessly and for so long as any of them are still standing, the fight should continue.

    There can be rules of engagement and limits in place when engaged against opponents. Against enemy, there should only be absolute destruction.

  3. support civilians, support the troops, people first, not country first.