“I have long advocated its complete abolition as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.

"But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory."

If we are going to war then we must intend to win. We lost over 50,000 soldiers in Vietnam. God rest their souls. They died in a war we fought with one hand tied behind our backs. We never played to win.

FOURTH, THE MOTIVES MUST BE PURE.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on yourselves” (James 4:1-3).

One of America’s motives after World War Two was to take as much oil from the Middle East as we could before they “woke up” and stopped us. For years we pumped out their oil for pennies and got rich while no one in the oil-rich countries got anything. Like it or not our motives toward the Middle East were impure. We are reaping today the whirlwind of our past Middle East foreign policies.

There is no doubt that the first and second gulf wars were undertaken to keep Saddam from killing more of his people. We had humanitarian reasons for the wars we fought there. However, don’t forget, we ignored Saddam’s totalitarian massacres until the day he invaded Kuwait and took over all the rich oil deposits there. We raced to retake those valuable oil deposits while making the liberation of Kuwait and the destruction of Saddam our stated reason for being there.

FIFTH, THE POST-WAR ATTITUDE IS ONE OF MERCY.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7).

America really is a great country. It has been a refuge of freedom and security for millions. It gives hope to the world.

America’s finest hour may well be rebuilding Japan and Germany after World War Two.

Our intentions were good when we tried to rebuild the Iraqi infrastructure at the end of both gulf wars. This is a positive for America.

When earthquakes devastated Haiti the relief dollars came pouring in from concerned and compassionate citizens.

Unfortunately, it seems to me that the American national anthem has devolved into, "Give me, Give me, Give me." We want everything given to us. And we expect it. "It is my right . . ." we cry, “And if I don't get my rights I will sue you to get them.

Somewhere along the line we’ve forgotten that with rights come responsibilities.

Somewhere along the line we forgot that no one ever had anything unless it cost some one something.

Our United States is free today because it cost someone his life yesterday.

This week I remembered a quote that I had filed away years ago.

An American helicopter pilot was killed during the Vietnam War. On his tombstone in New Hampshire his parents had these nineteenth century words of John Stuart Mill inscribed:

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks nothing is worth a war, is worse.

“A man who has nothing which he cares more about than his own personal safety is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless he is made free and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."