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Horses Actually Are Still Important

Last night, President Obama petulantly tried to explain to Mitt Romney why the Navy should have less ships: “You mention the Navy, for example, that we have fewer ships than we had in 1916. Well, governor, we still have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.” The president forgot that certain aspects of our military haven’t changed, such as the need to impose American power wherever and whenever necessary, and sometimes that requires even horses.

At the start of the Afghan conflict, U.S. special forces rode alongside their Northern Alliance allies to overthrow the Taliban. Their efforts on horseback were so instrumental that earlier this week in New York City, a new statue was dedicated at the 9/11 Memorial to the horse soldiers of Afghanistan. The New York Post reports:

The official title of the bronze statue by Douwe Blumberg is “De Oppressor Liber” (to liberate the oppressed), the motto of the Green Berets. The soldier atop his horse will forever keep a watchful eye as he looks back over his shoulder at the World Trade Center.

This was the wish of our US military and their families — that this statue and monument be part of the story of what followed the 9/11 attacks. It represents all those brave Special Forces operators, and all who’ve worn US uniform in the War on Terror — those who volunteered and went to defeat the Taliban in under 30 days, and those who continue to fight the battle, giving much for all of us and our way of life.


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