Two Patriots Have Spoken, Will You Listen?

This is going to be a very different post than what I normally write here. I ask for your indulgence, and it is my hope that if you take my recommendation and read the information I’m about to share with you that you will understand why I felt compelled to share it here.

We live in challenging times. Our world is changing, evolving, at a rate so fast that it almost defies imagination. The world is a very different place today than it was 20 years ago. And yet our country continues to prioritize and behave as if the world was still the world of 20 or 50 years past. That is to the detriment not just of Americans, but to the world at large.

Our nation finds itself at a crossroads. We have decisions to make about who we are as a nation, and what our values truly are. It is time for us to stand up as a people and decide what we believe is truly important, and then it is time to begin acting in a way that is consistent with those values and priorities.

Two patriots have done exactly that. They have written an article that was quietly issued by the Pentagon in April of this year entitled “A National Strategic Narrative”. The article was written by Capt. Wayne Porter of the US Navy, and Col. Mark Mykleby of the US Marine Corp. Both are actively serving military officers. I am heartened beyond measure not just by what they wrote, but by the fact that actively-serving officers wrote it, and that the Pentagon saw fit to issue it.

These two officers courageously assess our 21st century world and rightly conclude that policy and behavioral shifts are sorely needed if America is to remain a true power for good in this rapidly changing world. Old paradigms of how to achieve prosperity and security are no longer working, and will no longer work. The world has changed and America must change, as well. These two patriots lay out this argument clearly and persuasively.

I promise you, you have never read anything like this. This is a very, very important work and it should be read by as many Americans as possible. But not just read. We should read it, and then it is my fervent prayer that after reading it we will collectively discuss and debate it, that this paper will infect and inform the national dialogue and can serve to re-shape policy in a way that will help us to preserve and defend our precious Republic.

I am going to give you two links. The first is to an article about the paper. You can read that here:

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/13/the_y_article?page=0,0

The second link is to the paper itself. You can read that here:

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/events/docs/A%20National%20Strategic%20Narrative.pdf

I STRONGLY encourage you to read both. The paper is 14 pages long. Some of you may think you don’t have the time or energy to read it. Please, if you care about this country, if you care about your children, your grandchildren, about the environment, the economy, about our national security, about our very Republic, you owe it both to yourself and to your country to read this paper and to share it with as many people as you can. Then actively discuss it. I hope what these two brave officers have done will re-light a beacon that has for too long been dimmed.

I thank these two officers both for their service to our country in their capacity as military officers, and I express to them my profound gratitude for capturing these ideas and principles on paper and having the courage to put them forth to the world. They did their part. Now it is time to do ours.

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