Sunset on my 72d birthday. Life has been good, I've seen 4 children safely to adulthood, 3 of them being pillars of their communities. I'll settle for that, and excuse myself to use my final strength to help save my Nation. First, I will get my gut fixed, and THAT will be quite the hurdle to clear.
For the rest of my life:
My warning to the culture-killers: don't piss us old Veterans off: we've seen plenty of conflict in our day, we know exactly how to accomplish our missions with the resources and energy available, and we're NOT afraid of missing out on life if we die in the conflict. Every one of us will count coup when you push us to battle, and you will never guess when you have gone too far, we will just be there to take our victory and you WILL give it to us.
On my 72d, these are my words of life and death.