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Trump on killing terrorists…

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Oh,  how fine it is to have a president who understands that soldiers are meant to  kill bad guys and break things.   Who believes that field commanders should have the flexibility to fight effectively,  which requires rules of engagement that actually allow them to fire weapons without approval from the White House after going up a very long chain of command and being vetted and considered by a large number of people who have never dodged a bullet in their lives.

President Trump very smartly  used the  examples of unity and common purpose consistently displayed by our armed service members to encourage unity amongst the American people,  but don’t think for an instant that the Lefties in the media  —  but I repeat myself,  don’t I? —  will give the man much credit for it,  and they will forecast failure instantly.

I don’t find Sen. John McCain’s praise for the  speech helpful,  since he mischaracterized the malfeasance of the Obama Administration and to some extent his own previous criticisms of Trump,  but I grudgingly give him credit for the praise.  I was far  more interested in the view  of Rich Lowry and   that of  Quin Hillyer,  and Roger  Simon,  with the most interesting being from  the Conservative  Treehouse.

 

 

 

 

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August 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Robocop of the seas…

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Russia has unveiled its new  Pantsir-ME,  a ship-borne version of the Pantsir-S  missile system  which could be installed on Russia’s next generation warships.

The semi-autonomous,  smart system can operate in foul weather,  firing missiles with independently targeted warheads which explode,  destroying their target with a “cloud” of razor-sharp steel rods.

Meanwhile,  thanks to His Oneness and the Democrats,  our own military is plagued by aging equipment,  plus  over a billion  dollars of items which have mysteriously gone missing.

 

 

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August 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm

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Bastille Day 2017…

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Today is Bastille Day in France.   I remark on it;ate in the day,  but I would not mention it except that American soldiers  led the parade  in Paris.  Some of them were dressed in World War I uniforms for the walk past the French and American presidents and their wives.

The French government traditionally invites a country of honor to lead the parade,  which is linked to a historical event and highlights a symbolic gesture of  friendship.   The U.S. was selected for the first time,  and our troops appearance is in commemoration of the U.S. entry into WWI.

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July 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

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Memorial Day 2017, No. 2…

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I would have posted this on the day a week ago,  but I was surprised by the paucity of hits on the topic and decided to do some real searching.   It was not terribly encouraging.

Originally  known as  Decoration Day,  and intended to honor the dead of the war Between the States,  Memorial Day has always been based on military personnel whose lives were cut short by their service to their country.

Many Presidents have issued remarks on the occasion,  and most of them have acknowledged the ties between patriotism and Christianity,  as did our nation’s founders.   I included  this piece  because John Witherspoon was one of my ancestors.   Former President George W. Bush used social media to  pay tribute  to those who protect us.   Current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  joined the  nearly one million motorcycles which made up this year’s Rolling Thunder  ride from the Pentagon to the National Mall and the Vietnam Memorial.   Conservative Treehouse has a very funny comparison of  Tillerson and Obama’s first Secretary of State John Kerry. President Trump had  no problem  negotiating the throngs of riders to reach the tomb of the Unknown Soldier,  a fact which garnered almost no notice from big media.

An Army veteran and current employee of Fort Bragg is using 7,000 combat boots  to memorialize the fallen.   We should remember the fallen  —  all of  them,  from  every era.   They remain  forever young,  but they live on as long as someone remembers them,  says their name,  tells a story about them.   We should not forget what the survivors of the  conflicts  were promised either.   Haven’t we allowed them to be lied to long enough?

Robert Curry has an  interesting piece  about what should be our common purpose,  but he appears to forget that progressives have never believed in the Constitution or Bill of Rights,  or indeed in the very notion of  America itself.   Vox chose this day  to trash  the Marine Corps.   The piece stands out only because everyone else was busy bashing President Trump and conservatives instead.   Apparently they can not break themselves of Obama’s eight-year long habit of blaming President George W. Bush for everything.

President Nixon’s  observations  seem at once prescient and hopelessly optimistic.   For too many Americans,  Memorial Day engenders no remembrance,  but makes a fine excuse to eat and drink.   Use these eleven quotes on  them.   Happily some of us  still make  the effort.

My general observation is that the small towns still honor Memorial Day, but the big cities do not.   If the latter condescend to even mention the occasion,  they turn it into something else and awful.  The wide spots in the road,  where so many of our military personnel come from, still have parades and speeches and fly flags proudly.

There are many ways to remember the fallen.   You can watch some politically  incorrect movies.   You could contribute to one of the groups which help their families,  or that lobby for veterans’ benefits,  but if you have a more personal connection,  here’s a guide to what  the coins  laid atop the tombstones of some graves mean.   Add to them,  for all of us,  won’t you?

 

 

 

 

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June 5, 2017 at 5:10 pm

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How humiliating….

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How embarrassing must it be that your  spy ship  has collided with another nation’s livestock transport vessel and then sinks?   And the Turkish coast guard has  to rescue  the Russian sailors from their sinking ship?

Do you worry that your military and intelligence services are  falling down on the job?

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April 29, 2017 at 12:31 am

Veterans Day 2016…

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The Wall Street Journal offers a  nice collection  of this Veterans weekend from across the nation.   Here are  some pix  from across the country.   My observation is that small towns and rural areas still tend to have special events and celebrations organized by residents,  while metropolitan areas now have government-run events.   I prefer the homespun variety myself,  partly because there are actual veterans involved and they know what it means to serve.

Action star Chuck Norris is a vet himself and  understands it  well.   Bill Federer grasps why there are  no atheists  in foxholes.   More photos  here.

For me,  Veterans’ Day is special,  because every generation of my family has seen military service.   Some of them died because of it,  all of them suffered to some extent,  yet none of them regretted it.   Most people in my family regard it as the only honorable service possible to have in government.   Those who don’t,  basically whine and complain,  but don’t serve anywhere.

 

 

 

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November 13, 2016 at 11:54 pm

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Raymond Haerry, R.I.P.

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Mr. Haerry ran away from home and  ended up  on the USS Arizona,  right in the middle of history.   He was one of only six known living survivors. Living through Pearl Harbor and World War II to die at age 94 looks like total victory to me.

 

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October 9, 2016 at 11:57 pm