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Skip Lambert: Dito
Thank you for your service, Skip Lambert, and welcome home, Brother.
You may be right about Rep. Gabbard’s ego, but I respectfully suggest her actions deserved to be evaluated, namely: is what she has done right or wrong?
A couple of facts might be in order here.
* She is a member of Congress.
* Only Congress can declare war.
The last time Congress did the required heavy lifting to do its duty in this regard – – i.e. not caving in to the Executive by passing some namby pamby ‘resolution’ – – was December 8,1941. We citizens have let Congress of the hook in this regard ever since.
I respectfully suggest that as a combat veteran and member of Congress she is trying to advocate a responsible policy and in so doing has parted ways with most of her Democrat Party colleagues who seem hell bent on taking politics beyond what was once called “the water’s edge” and to hell with the consequences.
I may be in error here – – and please correct me if I err – – but I respectfully suggest her motivation is to force a long over due decision on Congress of the “[scatological term redacted] or get off the pot” variety.
In other words encourage Congress to take a decision either to DECLARE War on Syria – – a war that is now being fought WITHOUT Congressional authority of any kind – – or put on the funding limits to get us the hell out of the area, and in any case, for goodness sake quit providing arms to terrorists under the illusion they are freedom fighters. The very weapons we citizens have bought with our appropriated tax dollars – – now being given to arm these rebel terrorists OVER THERE – – may one day not so long from now find their way BACK HERE and be used by domestic terrorists to kill our fellow Americans.
These considerations, I respectfully suggest, outweigh the political rewards or penalties Rep. Gabbard may ultimately accrue for having broken ranks with the 44th President, the DNC (where she had been second chair) and the rest of the Democrat Party establishment on matters of POLICY regarding war and peace.
Skip Lambert: No one else has been willing to speak out loudly and strongly against the pro-war, pro-regime change neocons who are causing unspeakable suffering, deaths and destruction by fueling war in the Middle East. Tulsi has the political courage to do it. So what alternative are you and Borreca offering? Continue the war endlessly while Syria gets blown to smithereens and millions of refugees are created? Assad is not going anywhere, so we can either: 1.) Try to end the war and establish a peaceful solution or 2.) Continue fueling the terrorist rebels’ warfare, even though we know they’re not going to win. (Just as the U.S. did by continuing the Vietnam war long after they knew we wouldn’t “win” whatever that meant.)
Nope the US should try to work with the rest of the world.
We are NOT the policemen of the rest of the world.
LanaAloha, I agree with much of your post, but I would respectfully like to offer some commentary on one line you wrote as it regards our so called “news” media: Just as the U.S. did by continuing the Vietnam war long after they knew we wouldn’t “win” whatever that meant.
A bit of history is in order.
After eight years of Ike successfully keeping us out of any war despite many opportunities and motives to engage in hostilities – – an octave of years in which the USA sustained a total of ONE killed in action worldwide – – the media tossed every vestige of journalistic integrity into the toilet so they could p i m p for their newfound hero, the new, young, glamorous, photogenic (and gutless yellow belly degenerate) JFK.
So when he ignited his “splendid little war” in Vietnam – – to provide “news” media a distraction from his serial foreign policy blunders in Berlin (wall), Cuba (twice), Laos, Tibet and Vienna (where Krushchev accurately sized him up face to face as a brash punk kid with a big mouth in WAY over his head) – – the media continued to slobber all over him and praise his noble intentions of “saving” Vietnam without bothering to note that he did not have the first clue how to wage – – let alone win – – a war.
In one single instant in the early afternoon of 22 November 1963, the “news” media violently convulsed itself when the utterly unworthy LBJ was sworn in. In the blink of an eye, JFK’s “noble” war in Vietnam became a BAAAAAAAD war and those ordered to Vietnam were soon condemned as baby killers and war criminals.
Thus did our “news” media become expert using their first amendment protection to throw daggers into the backs of those young Americans who answered the call to arms, the true sons of the ‘greatest generation’ who took duty and honor seriously. From 1964 on, the verdict of the media was just as you have said, that the war was unwinnable. Certainly, under the “leadership” of JKF, LBJ, and that miserable SecDef MacNamara, that was true.
But then came an unexpected lightning bolt – – the razor thin 1968 victory of the media-despised Nixon over the fatally damaged campaign of Hubert Humphrey. Source of that fatal damage: the 1968 Democrat Party national convention in Chicago which the dope smoking, draft dodging, flag burning Cry Baby Boomers invaded and turned into a chaotic shambles.
On January 20, 1969 – – for the first time in 8 years – – we finally had a commander in chief who was not only determined to win the war that JFK started, but figured out how to do it: he used time to prepare the Vietnamese themselves to defend their country by ‘vietnamizing’ the war and sequentially withdrawing our forces.
The proof of success of his strategy came in 1972 when, months after U.S ground forces had been withdrawn, the DPRV ‘genius’ Nguyen Vo Giap hurled everything but the kitchen sink south of the DMZ in a massive conventional troop/armor/artillery invasion of the South Vietnam, the so called “Easter Offensive”.
With the offshore help of our amphibious forces and their embarked Marines, the VNMC and ARVN of South Vietnam were supported as they drove the NVA out of Quang Tri Province and hurled them back across the DMZ to lick their wounds. Nixon did not have to re-introduce U.S. ground forces to defeat the NVA invasion. Vietnamization worked.
Nixon then used this momentum to force the DPRV Paris delegation to get down to business negotiating the end of the war JFK had started and quit stalling as they had done during the LBJ era. Nixon and Kissinger used good/bad cop to good effect. Kissinger would tell his NVA counterparts in Paris to get serious about negotiations or that mad man Nixon would not be able to be restrained. Nixon played his role to perfection by two means:
1. Authorizing operation “Pocket Money”, the aerial mining of Haiphong and coastal waterways that brought DPRV logistic resupply to a screeching halt.
2. Authorizing operation “Linebacker II”, the relentless post-Christmas B-52 bombing of vital targets that JFK and LBJ had been too chicken to destroy.
Early in 1973, the DPRV agreed to literally all the US conditions, signed the Paris Peace Accord and released all our long held POWs detained in the Hao Lo (‘Hanoi Hilton”) prison.
In other words at that point the forces Nixon commanded did indeed WIN the war.
If you have interest in what happened next – – and I strongly recommend a barf bag as it will utterly disgust you – – you may wish to get your hands on a book written by Bruce Herschensohn “An American Amnesia: How the U.S. Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia”
The actions of those – – very much including our “news” media – – to turn Nixon’s victory into ashes, and thereby launching the bloody Cambodian holocaust that consumed two million lives, is not a proud moment in our history. But it does offer valuable insight into the treasonous nature of our “news” media.
This long awaited blood feud between American patriots and the “news” media has at long last found open expression in the battle now being waged by PRESIDENT TRUMP against what he accurately calls the “fake news media”.
As such please know MY PRESIDENT has my full, and unrestrained backing in the hope he will lay waste to this treasonous enterprise masquerading as journalism.
IRT to Alison Bhattacharyya: Totally agree. This issue of the Red Hill storage tanks is far too important to be neglected any longer.
Tulsi would NEVER get elected to any other office than one from Hawaii. Please stop this non-sense about her running for President.
I laughed so hard I spit my coffee out.
And YES this is all for HER own political gain. WHY not HELP your own people first ?
must have missed congratulations from the pres., tillerson and mattis. praising tulsi on a job well done.
She was elected to represent the residents of HAWAII. If she wants to work for the state Dept then she should apply.
Those tanks need to be double walled! This is not negotiable. Where is Mazie, Tulsi, Colleen and Brian? Get your butts to work and protect our people!
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