SIR – GET THE NET!!
Instapundit had a great link today to a photo of a U.S. soldier hauling in a large fresh water fish caught near one of Saddam's ex-palaces.
What I find more remarkable then the fact that our soldiers manage to bring fishing tackle with them into a war zone, is the description of how the fish was caught. The blogger who posted the image is a Lt. Colonel who happened to be exercizing near the fishing hole.
The Spec. 4/fisherman called on the Colonel to grab a net and help haul in the fish.
"SIR – GET THE NET!!”"
"I did. And I broke the net getting his fish up onto the deck. "
These two lines of conversation say a great deal about the United States. In what other army could a relatively low-ranked enlistedman ask a field grade officer to help land a fish and have his request carried out. Perhaps in Australia.
The total lack of a class system in America, shown in this exchange, is what separates us from the rest of the world and helps make us great.