- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The book authored by former vice president Dick Cheney and daughter Liz Cheney arrives on bookshelves Tuesday. “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America,” makes the case for a strong national defense advising, “For the better part of a century, security and freedom for millions of people around the globe have depended on America’s military, economic, political and diplomatic might. For the most part, until the administration of Barack Obama.”

The authors also offer practical and prudent pointers on how to restore the nation’s powerful footprint on the global stage, along with advice for those to come.

“Our children need to know they are citizens of the most powerful, good and honorable nation in the history of mankind - the exceptional nation. Ordinary Americans have done heroic things to guarantee her survival. American’s future, and the future of freedom for all the world now depends on us,” the Cheney team writes.

They have specific suggestions from the nation’s history which often appears to be at risk at the hands of revisionists with an agenda.

“Our children need to know about the boys of Pointe du Hoc and Doolittle’s Raiders, the battles of Midway and Iwo Jima, They should learn about the courage of young Americans who fought the Nazis at the Battle of the Bulge and the Japanese at Okinawa, They should learn why America was right to end the war by dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and about the fundamental decency of a nation that established the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift and the North American Treaty Organization. They need to know about the horror of the Holocaust, and what it means to promise ‘never again’,” the authors say.

“They should know that there was once an empire so evil and bereft of truth it had to build a wall to keep its citizens in, and that the free world, led by America, defeated it. They need to know about the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, the courage of the first responders and the heroism of the passengers on Flight 93. They should understand what kind of world militant Islam will create if we don’t defeat it.

They should learn about great men like George C. Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. We must teach them what it took to prevail over evil in the twentieth century, and what it will take in the twenty-first. We must make sure they understand that it is the brave men and women of the United States armed forces who defend our freedom and secure it for millions of others as well.”

The Cheneys also advise, “President Reagan put it this way: ‘We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may always be free’.”

The book was published by Simon & Schuster.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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