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WSJ Reporter Becomes Marine Officer

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posted on Jan, 1 2006 @ 07:58 PM
When Wall Street Journal reporter Matt Pottinger was arrested in China for covering a story about corruption, he began to appreciate the freedoms he enjoyed in America. When he would visit the US, he was stricken by the complacent attitude of so many Americans toward the War on Terrorism. When he covered the tsunami and saw US Marines and other service members giving aid to the victims, he knew that it was his turn to make a difference.

Matt Pottinger was a reporter, but he's no longer so sure that the pen is mightier than the sword.

The 32-year-old former Wall Street Journal reporter has joined the U.S. Marines.

"The life of a reporter versus the life of someone in the military — it is a radical departure," he mused.

Pottinger's life will change in 2006, and he hopes Americans will change too — by becoming less complacent and more prepared to conquer new economic challenges.

"Get off our sofas and get involved," he said. "Start improving ourselves. We're competing now. … We can't take our eye off the ball. This is going to be a big 10 years. A lot's going to change in the world over the next 10 years. And we've got to be on our toes."

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