"Goodnight, Chesty"

I had never heard of "Chesty Puller" until reading this piece just now, but it sounds like a film needs to be made, here:Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1918 he would serve until 1955, rising in rank from private to lieutenant general. Throughout his career he led from the front, never asking his men to go where he would not go. For his courage he was five times awarded the navy cross, a silver star, a distinguished service cross, and a bronze star with a v for valor, along with … [Read more...]

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Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It's refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many que … [Read more...]

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"They're my nukes…" Let's eat cake.

Remember the Irishman in Braveheart who declared that Ireland, "is my island!"Seems President Obama thinks our nuclear arsenal is his weaponry.Thank Ace for the boldface:Obama has rejected the Pentagon's first draft of the "nuclear posture review" as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials. ... The review is due to be completed by the end of this … [Read more...]

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Happy Labor Day!

As you gather with your families today, for one last cookout, enjoying your easily-purchased beer, cold-transported from the brewer, your propane grill -probably invented by someone who'd forgotten to buy the charcoal lighter fluid, some time in the past- texting on your phones and so forth, remember to be thankful; say a prayer for those who have less, particularly those people who dream of living the life you have while facing oppression in third-world countries, where their "president" is … [Read more...]

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"The stuff priests are made of…" UPDATED

Wow, a great photo via the Crescat, who recounts the story she found here and marvels at "the stuff priests are made of":4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pi … [Read more...]

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Hillary missed “Mister Soldier” moment

I was struck to read this piece from Richard Cohen, a good writer who is by no means a "wingnut conservative," passionately taking on the MoveOn.org ad from last week. The ad managed to smear Gen. David Petraeus, show us what a few presidential candidates are made of, and apparently give America its first hard look at an organization which pours enormous money into Democrat coffers, and for that reason nearly owns leading Democrats.Cohen writes and leaves a mark: If there is a phrase more … [Read more...]

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Pat Conroy proves my father right

When I was a little girl, the nightly news was full of young men dying in Vietnam and other young men (usually bearded, long haired "counter-culturalists" wearing the latest trendy "counter-cultural" clothes and listening to the permitted "counter-cultural" music) who were burning their draft cards and chanting "hell no, we won't go," into the cameras for the 6 O' Clock News.I asked my birth-father, a WWII draftee who had served in Okinawa, what the long-haired students were all about, and … [Read more...]

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From Beauty Queen to Gy-rene?

Is that how to spell Gy-rene? Please correct me, you Marines, out there!Anyway, she's not joining the Marines, she's joining the Army. But Army didn't rhyme. :-)This is a pretty cool story.Last summer, Jennifer Cabanayan appeared at community events, including the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival and the National Night Out Against Crime, as Miss Everett Teen USA 2004. Now she has enlisted in the Army and will leave for boot camp at Fort Jackson, S.C., on Aug. 11.The petite brunette says … [Read more...]

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Pulling out of Germany, sixty years on

Varifrank has one of the best and most insightful pieces I have yet read on the whole idea of pulling out of Iraq, and the fact that we are finally "pulling out" of Germany....At this point the story of the end of World War II would end the way a thousand other wars had ended. But something happened at the end of this tale, something no one would have guessed, and it was something wonderful that should give us all hope.People in America could see that the people of Germany weren’t superman, a … [Read more...]

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Dems and Lord de l’Isle and Dudley

You know, I hate to sound curmudgeonly, I really do, but didn't we just see a report, not two weeks ago, pretty much clearing the air re the "Gitmo abuses?" Didn't some Democrat lawmakers go over there, themselves, and come back saying,"hey...things looked pretty dang good, after all?"And yet, here are the Dems calling for an independent panel "to review the treatment of foreign inmates at Guantanamo Bay and other US-run overseas detention facilities.""We are calling for an 'Independent … [Read more...]

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