American Heroes in Special Operations by Oliver North

I have not even made it to Chapter 1, but I wanted to stop to share these passionate phrases from the book, so far:

“And though technology has revolutionized the battlefield, the human component- the warrior- is still the most important element in determining the outcome of a fight.” Oliver North

“Special Ops personnel . . their physical conditioning often rivals that of Olympic athletes. Instead of contending for a gold medal, these modern day gladiators compete for the loyalty of oppressed people by offering to shine the light of liberty into the world’s darkest places.” Oliver North

U.S. Navy SEALS wants warriors to volunteer for duty because they are seeking “experiences that are both personally and professionally rewarding.”

“What are those experiences? It’s flying through the night on a blacked-out helicopter fifty feet off the ground at 150 miles per hour. It’s kicking in the door of a suspected high value target and bringing him to justice. It’s raiding an opium bazaar in a remote Afghan village, or treating malaria and providing urgently needed medical care to people who have never seen a doctor. It is knowing that what you are doing matters-that you are a force for good in a world full of evil.” Oliver North

“This book is about those exceptional Americans – past and present – as a tribute to the sacrifices so many of them have made since 11 September 2001.” Oliver North

American Heroes in Special Operations by Oliver North

Special Forces Prayer

Almighty God, Who are the Author of liberty and the Champion of the oppressed, hear our prayer. We the men of Special Forces, acknowledge our dependence upon Thee in the preservation of human freedom.

Go with us as we seek to defend the defenseless and to free the enslaved.

May we ever remember that our nation, whose motto is “In God We Trust”, expects that we shall acquit ourselves with honor; that we may never bring shame upon our faith, our families, or our fellow men.

Grant us wisdom from Thy mind, courage from Thine heart, strength from Thine arm, and protection by Thine hand.

It is for Thee that we do battle, and to Thee belongs the victor’s crown. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, forever.