Posts Categorized: Military

70 years ago....and yesterday

70 years ago….and yesterday

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The single most destructive bombing of WWII wasn’t Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the firebombing raids of Dresden in February of 1945, with upwards of 135,000 men, women, and children slain. In wars between nations, the deaths of civilians is historically all-too common; and the norm, not the exception. Yet it’s the horrors of the dropping… Read more »

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Shouldn’t Allowing our Troops to Carry Guns on Base be Championed by The Left?

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The Chattanooga shooting that left four marines dead is just the latest in a line of lone wolf attacks  where news outlets such as CNN had “questions of motive”. And as everybody knows, military bases are gun-free zones. While being allowed to possess a firearm does not guarantee one’s safety, declaring any zone gun-free just guarantees… Read more »

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Ideas and Visions Will Beat ISIS. . . . . No, really!

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Today’s dose of moonbeam ventilation from the Oval Office comes following a ‘sham’ briefing from the Pentagon on ISIS strategy.  Since it is impossible to make it up, here is what the world was told, “ideologies are not defeated with guns but better ideas and more attracting and more compelling vision.”   So what do these words really proffer… Read more »

A Prince of the Steppe

Imperialism, Colonialism, and Slavery

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While researching material for a historical novel about a Cossack family of the Ukraine and Crimea, I found a remarkable amount of provocative and fascinating material. For instance, the Ukraine and Crimea has been both a fulcrum point and thoroughfare throughout history, but one of the most intriguing aspects of this region is that the… Read more »

Did President Obama Just Deliver a Political Memorial Day Speech?

Did President Obama Just Deliver a Political Memorial Day Speech?

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Someone tell me that it’s just my ODS-ometer going off and he didn’t really just inject a political point into his Arlington speech, as if he’s still campaigning: President Obama highlighted the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan during his annual Memorial Day speech in Arlington, Va. on Monday, casting it as a historic time of remembrance… Read more »

By Michael Totten

Memorializing Our Fallen in Ramadi

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Why Ramadi matters: The fall of Ramadi is highly symbolic and of substantial strategic significance, despite the protestations to the contrary of Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. In a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 16, Dempsey stated: “The city itself is not symbolic is… Read more »

Was toppling Libya all about the money?

Was toppling Libya all about the money?

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In 2011 Barack Obama led from behind a NATO coalition bent on removing Moammar Gaddafi from power in Libya. The removal and death of Gaddafi was, Obama put it, a warning to “iron fisted” rulers everywhere. Syria, Iran and North Korea excepted, of course. Over at Foreign Policy this was hailed as a huge success…. Read more »

On this Day in History:  40 Years Ago....Vietnam.

On this Day in History: 40 Years Ago….Vietnam.

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HuffPo: On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese tanks rolled into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, marking the end of a decades-long conflict that left millions dead. With North Vietnamese troops approaching Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh, the U.S. scrambled to pull back its last personnel in the city. The photos below show… Read more »

The biggest jerk ever to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

The biggest jerk ever to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

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It’s confounding: Friday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) reacted to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, downplaying ISIS being close to capturing Ramadi, saying, “This may be one of the most bizarre and insensitive statements I have ever heard a military leader make.” Dempsey said,… Read more »