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The 'New Breed' of American Warrior

Sunday, 18 December 2005 12:00 AM


In April of last year I wrote about

I wasn't surprised, but was very moved, to read Matt Pottinger's "Mightier Than the Pen" [http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007681] in the Wall Street Journal.

Pottinger is a brand new Marine second lieutenant at the ripe age of 32. Until he experienced his epiphany, which led to his becoming a Marine, he was the Wall Street Journal's correspondent in China.

Quantico at the matured age of 32 is testimony to this man's commitment. Matt is getting some attention about his career change. Pat Tillman got a lot of attention when he abandoned an NFL career to be an Army Ranger. However, there are a lot more like them with less high-profile launching pads and whom you will never read about.

Those who have survived the testosterone, sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion and mental challenges of our military's exclusive resorts for masochist warriors will understand ... those who haven't won't.

Pottinger wrote, "We often talk about how our policies are radicalizing young men in the Middle East to become our enemies, but rarely do we talk about how their actions are radicalizing us." In a brief moment of disgust (after watching a video beheading), "I became their blowback," Pottinger said.

Matt apparently came to view the Marines as "a microcosm of America at its best" ... and he heard the call.

I have often quoted Teddy Roosevelt and do so again:

Just as some viewed Pat Tillman's sacrifice of fame and fortune for martial hardship and anonymity as odd, some will question Pottinger's career change. It isn't odd ... it is a personification of Duty, Honor, Country.

We are a nation blessed that what some would deride as a patriotic anachronism has morphed into a new ‘new breed.'

He didn't have to (or maybe he did), but to Owen, like ‘Tilly' and his brother and hundreds like them, like Matt Pottinger, Semper Fidelis isn't just a slogan or closing time tag line ... it is a principle which is the essence of what and who they are. We are beyond lucky to have them as countrymen.

Anyone who has ever worn any uniform and served should be proud of brothers like Matt Pottinger, Owen West, Pat and Kevin Tillman and hundreds of thousands of others.

Jack Hoban (another warrior, martial artist and former active-duty Marine captain) synthesized his seventeen-year apprenticeship with Dr. Robert Humphrey into "The Warrior Creed," in which he notes:

We, as a nation, are not perfect ... but despite our warts, blemishes, tragic flaws and myriad shortcomings, we remain the best country on the planet.

Former Marine Corps Commandant General Charles Krulak said [http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/krulak_20001019.html]:

"The military has a tradition of producing great leaders that possess the highest standards and integrity ... this is not done instantly. It must be woven into the very fabric of our soul. ..."

During this holiday season, when we thank God and pray, please include in your prayers 2nd Lt. Matt Pottinger and thank God for a country that can still produce warriors like him.


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Eagles In April of last year I wrote about I wasn't surprised, but was very moved, to read Matt Pottinger's "Mightier Than the Pen" [http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007681] in the Wall Street Journal. Pottinger is a brand new Marine...
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