Retired Army General Robert Dees declared that “faith makes a difference” for soldiers engaged in combat when he spoke at the Value Voters Summit in Washington on Friday.
“When they’re getting ready to go on a dangerous patrol in Afghanistan or Iraq, they’ll hold hands and say, ‘God, you’re our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, the strong tower to whom we may run.’ They are not worried about political correctness when they’re getting ready to take artillery. Now conversely, when you get inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C., we have a lot of political correct games that are being played that simply mirror our culture…Those same games…afflict our military. They take from their well of courage, they reduce our readiness.”
Dees still thinks that America has “the best military in the world” which, if “committed to clear and noble causes, will perform admirably.”
However, he also said:
“But what depletes their well of courage the most is that they feel perhaps a lack of support — lack of coherence from their commander-in-chief in national strategies. Our military people have committed themselves to serve and even to die. That’s the contract that they have signed. And the thing that really takes wind out of their sails, is if they think they might not be utilized in the proper way; or if the commander in chief does not have the backbone to stay the course.”
To soldiers, the hope of heaven and the promises of God can provide a strong anchor in times of combat. How can we ensure that soldiers don’t lose that because of “political correct games” in Washington, D.C.?
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