A Quote From Jeff Cooper

The news people seem to think that the object of a military enterprise is to get home. They keep talking as if the only thing a soldier wants to do is to get back to base. If that is indeed true, he had best stay there in the first place. The objective of any military enterprise must be victory, at no matter what cost. When you put on that uniform you lay your life on the line – for reasons which must seem good to you. To maintain the ideals for which this country was founded, we must fare forth at least once a generation to wreak our will upon the enemies of liberty. This is the worthiest political effort, and it must be extolled rather than deplored. Men get killed in war, and often enough they die unworthy deaths lying in a hospital bed stuck full of needles. “Death comes at a crawl or comes with a pounce, but whether he’s slow or spry, it’s not the fact that you’re dead that counts, but only how did you die.” That may be an old-fashioned attitude, but that does not make it wrong.

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