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We spend hours and reams of paper talking about how terrible life can be. We in the press have a saying, "If it bleeds, it leads." Many have made their careers out of being negative about everything having to do with this war. How about we take a minute and feel good about some stuff?
We live in the greatest country on the planet. We have earned our greatness, and will continue to be great, because we have men like Navy SEAL Lt. Mike Murphy. Murphy was recently awarded our nations highest medal for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Mike is the first Navy SEAL to be awarded our highest medal for bravery since Vietnam, and the first one issued for actions in Afghanistan.
Lt. Murphy and three Navy SEALS went behind enemy lines — that’s four very brave men going where hundreds should have gone — in search of very bad men in their backyard. This small, deadly team came across a sheepherder, a young boy. The SEALS had a simple choice: kill the boy or let him go. If they let him go, he might tell someone he saw Americans. They could have killed the boy and guaranteed the mission’s safety, but Lt. Murphy’s team let the boy go. Within a few short hours they were under massive attack from Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Here is where I state the obvious: when you are behind enemy lines and they find you, they know you are alone and they the bad guys act accordingly.
Lt. Murphy and his exceptionally brave men fought for hours, killing many times their number. However, help was too far away and the SEALS began to run out of ammo. Already wounded, Lt. Murphy went out into the open, to make a call he could not make from the protection of the gulley they were fighting from. He walked into an area knowing he would be killed. He made the call and died. One of his men made it out; he would not have had Mike Murphy not given his life to make that call.
The rescue helicopter that was 45 minutes away by air was shot down with all 14 men on board dying in the crash. It was a very bad day for the SEALS.
Most of us cannot fathom what makes men like this tick. Maybe, we are not supposed to. However, we can all love and appreciate men like this. We can and should be thankful that they are on side. Thank God for men like Lt. Mike Murphy.
Another reason to be proud happened last week. The Veterans Administration had made a boneheaded decision and suspended the way soldiers were buried because some wack-job had complained that the word “God” had been used in the part of ceremony. Now, suspending the idiotic nature of the complaint, the fact that this administration reacted this way, in a time of war, is more than troubling. However, they great news here is that some in the press yelled hard at this despicable conduct and within 24 hours the policy was reversed. The VA will now bury soldiers with the respect they deserve. Nice job, guys. Thank you.
For two months in a row, the number of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed in Iraq has gone down. Fewer IEDs have blown up in the past two months than in the past two years. Parts of Iraq are getting better; the tactical work being done by our men and women in the surge is for sure working. That is great news.
When you have men like Lt. Mike Murphy willing to give their lives for others and the leaders in the VA demonstrate that they can see the error of their ways and soldiers in Iraq making things better then, we all need to recognize and applaud the good news. God knows we have all seen things go bad in the past and bad news does lead a lot in the press, but good news needs to be celebrated and those that cause it to be thanked and applauded from the highest points in the land.
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Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.