Fahrenheit 411
Was Baghdad Really Silent?


We all make committments every day. Promises are tough to keep - otherwise they wouldn't be worth very much, now would they?

I've made tons of committments in my life - to my employer, to friends, to family. I've made vows to my wife and I've made many silent committments to my son. I've taken an oath when I've enlisted and I've taken one when I was commissioned.

Here's the original oath of office for an ancestor of mine (Captain of Cavalry for Washington) for the new United States of America, 1778:

    "I, John Jenkins do acknowledge the United States of America to be free, independent and sovereign states, and declare that the people thereof owe no allegiance or obedience, to George the third, king of Great Britain; and I renounce, refuse and abjure any allegiance or obedience to him: and I do swear (or affirm) that I will, to the utmost of my power, support, maintain and defend the said United States, against the said king George the third and his heirs and successors, and his and their abettors, assistants and adherents, and will serve the said United States in the office of Captain of Cavalry which I now hold, with fidelity, according to the best of my skill and understanding. So help me God."

I wonder what kind of oaths the Iraqi military will be taking in the next few years. I hope they are as faithful to their country as our military men and women have been to us.

Update 5PM CST: Jason sends this link to a story about a new class of Iraqi Army Officer.

"The training is designed to produce officers to lead men in a free country," Mulvenna said.