Friday, December 11, 2009

Just say Thanks

Most everyone has them. Those little pet peeves that just get under your skin and nag at you. Maybe you don't even realize it until days later there it is in your mind again. That is how it is with me and appreciation. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for appreciation if I were I definitely wouldn't work with 90+ middle schoolers everyday.

The appreciation I am looking for is more in the Col. Nathan Jessep, A Few Good Men style. I was listening to a news story about heroin abuse in Russia. It is a huge problem that is devastating the population. At this point they have my sympathy. It is difficult to live this day in age without knowing someone whose life was affected in some way by an addiction issue. So, I'm driving along feeling badly for the country.

And then, some guy is translated blaming the US for the problem. It seems in his view our country is not doing enough to stop the drug proliferation from spreading out of Afghanistan. Are you kidding me?

How can it be the same countries that miss no opportunity to criticize and harass the US for being "where we don't belong" are also the same countries that want us to fix all their problems? Do they not know we can't even fix our pharmaceutical drug issues let alone street drug problem? If you want the darn poppy field destroyed - contribute more men to the cause! Work as allies instead of waiting on the sidelines. And if you can't do that, then by all means as Col. Jessep suggests, "Say thank you and be on your way."

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  1. Even though the character of Col. Jessep was the antagonist in the story, the essence of his speech remains true and applicable to many foreign policy decisions.

  2. I couldn't agre more. That same exact thing drives me crazy. I won't comment further because I can feel my blood pressure rising already.

  3. Seems like a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't. No one wants any personal responsibility any more.

  4. Well said. All of the worlds problems seem to somehow get blamed on the people who do the most to help. It's the same as my kids blaming me that they have no clean socks, but refuse to gather their dirty ones from hiding places that they use (under the couch, beds, bathrooms, garage) and take them to the laundry room.


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