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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The Madness and Folly That Rules the Hour: America in Fits and Starts a/k/a Twilight's Last GleamingPosted by Hello
Morning to all reading the blog. Well, today's the day (or actually, tonight's the night) when our Commander-in-Chief once again comes before the American people in a vain attempt to explain our present and future course of action in Iraq. Of course, he will do this at Fort Bragg (http://www.bragg.army.mil/), one of the U.S. Army's proudest military reservations (home to the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, the JFK School of Special Warfare and on and on) in another vain attempt at pimping the symbolism and meaning of such a place in order to shore up his flagging and failing poll numbers. In fact, in the spirit of "pimpness", maybe he'll give a "gangsta lean" while delivering his address tonight. Hey, don't half do it...if "pimping" the American people and their armed forces is the order of the day, why not go all the way?!? With that said, this post will be an exercise in comparison and contrast. In fact, it will be a photographic exercise in comparison and contrast of two American presidents, although leading in different times, engaged in similar circumstances. Above and to the left is a photo of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson (Democrat from Texas, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson) obviously in deep thought, and more than likey, in deep pain as he contemplates his decision-making process concerning another failed American military campaign that is costing thousands of lives and millions upon millions of dollars in southeast Asia (the Vietnam War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War). You can almost hear President Johnson's thoughts...am I doing the right thing, is this the best way to prosecute this war, where am I taking this country, what do my fellow countrymen and women think of my leadership, etc, etc. These are the thoughts and concerns of a man with depth, a keen intellect, and (most importantly) a conscience. Also, for a little background on the photo above, the President is listening to a tape (hence the tape recorder/player in the foreground) from his son-in-law Capt. Charles Robb, USMC who was (at the time) reporting from "in-country" about the situation on the ground in Vietnam (Robb went on to become a governor of Virginia and a U.S. Senator, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Robb). Now, if you will, compare and contrast this photo to the one above and to the right of the 43rd President of the United States, the current President (Republican, also from Texas, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_W._Bush) who is also engaged (at the time the picture was taken, January 2005) in the prosecution of a failed military campaign that is also costing thousands of lives (http://icasualties.org/oif/) and millions upon millions of dollars, this time in southwest Asia (the Iraq War, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_invasion_of_Iraq ). Notice the difference(s)? Striking aren't they? Almost downright disturbing, huh? Indeed...yes, most certainly indeed. Ol' George, Jr...in no pain, and (seemingly) not having a care in the world. Two presidents, similar circumstances, two very different responses and attitudes concerning wars that cost thousands of lives and millions upon millions of dollars. What kind of person is this who, in all his blaseness, will come before the American people this evening to explain this war that is costing thousands of lives and millions upon millions of dollars? A question to ponder, to be sure. Semper Fidelis


Blogger DBK said...

There is no question that LBJ made mistakes and was wrong about escalation of the war in Viet Nam, but there is likewise little question that he was a man of compassion who believed that government's job was to make life better for the people.

There is no question that Bush views government's job as making life better for rich people, and then maybe the rich people will let some crumbs fall to the floor for the poor folk to gather up.

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