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Mothers, before you believe the line that your daughters should serve
in ground
combat like your sons, brothers, husbands and fathers might have done,
go see
“Saving Private Ryan.”

Congressmen and Congresswomen, before you sign that bill putting more
pork into
your district or state at the expense of the right stuff for the troops
who do the
dying, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Generals and admirals, colonels and captains, before you allow
training, discipline and
the warrior-ethic to be further degraded, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Sergeants and Chiefs, before you execute that dumb order — ushering
in another
politically correct nitwit idea — from some enlightened, sweet smelling
bureaucrat in a
distant ivory tower, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Drill Sergeants, before you go along with an order to lighten up on
your new recruits
because you’re told the need to develop hardened warriors who’ll make it
through
old fashioned combat is obsolete, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Defense Secretary Cohen, before you again overrule a panel that has
carefully
studied why mixing women and men in basic entry training doesn’t work,
go see
“Saving Private Ryan.”

Defense contractors, before you build the next unneeded but
good-for-corporate-bottom-line, gold-plated wonder weapon that gobbles
up
defense dollars, leaving too little money left to equip and train our
men for battle, go
see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Newt Gingrich, before you push through another deal in Congress to
purchase $1.5
billion worth of C-130 cargo aircraft made in your Georgia district,
that the Air Force
doesn’t need, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Trent Lott, before your order another $1.5 billion carrier to be
built in your
hometown that the Navy doesn’t want, go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Veterans who sit in silence while America’s military machine is being
destroyed and
talk about the good old days when you were young and brave, go see
“Saving Private Ryan.”

And those of you who’ve bought the propaganda that women have already
served
successfully in combat because women soldiers liberated a dog kennel
during the
invasion of Panama, drove trucks or fixed planes during the Gulf War or
pumped gas
or directed traffic in Somalia and are thus qualified for future ground
combat duty
such as was fought at Normandy in 1944 or on the streets on Mogadishu in
1993,
go see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Readers, before you believe the Pentagon’s Desert Storm hype that all
future wars
can be now won in a bloodless 100 hours by pushing buttons, launching
smart
missiles, maintaining smarter satellites and by a jolly fat TV general
with a pointer, go
see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Our military has lost its edge since Desert Storm and is terribly
vulnerable. Bill
Clinton, you are our commander in chief. Before you push your political
agenda in
any other way that further weakens our forces, go see “Saving Private
Ryan.”

RYAN is raw, ugly, brutal, deadly honest and captures infantry battle
as no other
Hollywood film has.

Steven Spielberg says his masterpiece is an antiwar film. He’s right.
Anyone with a
lick of common sense that sees it will do anything possible to escape
the horror of
war.

But “Saving Private Ryan” won’t stop madmen like Saddam Hussein. Just
before
the monsters three — Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo — brought their
holocaust to planet
earth, a 1930s war movie “All Quiet on the Western Front” came out. It,
too,
profoundly affected millions of people but still didn’t stop those mass
murderers
from killing tens of millions of humans between 1939-45.

So films, regardless of how real and true, do influence our feelings
and thoughts but
don’t deter war. Only well-trained, well-equipped, well-led soldiers can
stop a
madman from unleashing the dogs of war. I can only pray that our future
congressional leaders before they add more pork to a defense bill will
see “Saving Private Ryan.”

Hopefully, “Saving Private Ryan” will jolt enough of us back to our
good senses to
demand a force with the discipline and sense of mission shown by those
fine men
who won WWII.

Don’t forget what Captain Miller told Private Ryan just before Miller
died: If the
sacrifices of our heroic dead are to have any meaning we’ve got to earn
it.

End it.

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