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The Speciousness of Obama’s Pronouncements

May 26, 2009

A few weeks ago Obama employed all of his mellifluous rhetoric to distort the pages of history and use Sir Winston Churchill as a model of how to conduct an ethical war by boldly stating that Churchill never resorted to torture during WW II.

It depends on how you identify torture. Churchill’s went far beyond the quibbling verbal gymnastics we are currently engaged in to torment ourselves over the Clintonian masterpiece of parsing made indelibly clear with his thesis on “what is is?”

There are two prime examples that illustrate Churchill’s philosophy that nothing is “beyond the pale” if it leads to total victory. The first was an air campaign conducted by Air Chief Marshall Harris in which British bombers saturated German cities for several years with massive carpet bombing air raids that murdered millions of citizens in the firestorm conflagrations. In fact, the annihilation of the cities of Dresden and Cologne are two of the most horrendous stories of WW II. There was very little military or industrial damage done during these raids and, in fact, German military production increased throughout  that period.

  The second example was the Poison Gas episode that literally demolished the Italian port city of Bari on December 2, 1943. A German air raid destroyed 17 U S Merchant Marine ships anchored in the harbor, several of which were loaded with ammunition and, in specific,  one with poison gas to be deployed in the Italian campaign. The enormous explosions caused fearsome casualties and this was compounded by the spread of the mustard gas throughout the area. Hundreds of American and Allied service men were killed along with countless civilians and the final count was never determined since a cloud of high level security surrounded the British plan to introduce mustard gas. It wasn’t until the eighties that the event became declassified and details gradually emerged of that tragedy. Suffice it to say that to this very day we Merchant Marine Vets of WW II still honor December 2, 1943 as our “Little Pearl Harbor” day.

Both of these preceding epic events go way beyond our absurd parsing of words over torture. Furthermore, it is incomprehensible to believe that British Commandos and others of the Queen’s service didn’t rough up prisoners to get vital information that could save the lives of their comrades. Most of the prisoners who underwent that manhandling would have gladly endured a few sessions of water boarding in its place. And, just as recently as the seventies and eighties the techniques used by the vaunted SAS on captured IRA high level targets would, by contrast, make water boarding look like a cool refreshing shower on a summer day.

Well, for the perpetuation of a free, strong and viable country here in the U S of A let’s start blinking at Obama’s pronouncements while we can. Where is our present day two legged  TOTO who can pull away the curtain and reveal the walking and talking Telepromter Wizard for who he really is?

 

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Lemay and the Tragedy of War, WSJ 5/15/09 Opinion Section

May 26, 2009

For subscribers to the WSJ, one of the few newspapers worth perusing these days I call your attention to the fine article defined in my title. However, it’s somewhat misleading in that the purpose of these carpet bombings wasn’t to slaughter civilians. The true purpose was to destroy Japan’s war industry which was a cottage based program spread throughout the tightly clustered population and the death of civilians was collateral damage. Also, the estimates of 1 million American casualties and 2 million Japanese casualties was quite understated as the most probable figures would have been at least 1 1/2 million allied casualties and 6 million plus Japanese casualties.

I know because I followed this war since the spring of “43” when I became a direct participant right through to the end as we were on a ship loading supplies in Frisco for that impending invasion which would have been my fourth. I have continued to study that war and stayed in the para military service for another 16 years and, furthermore, it wasn’t possible for at least 5 to 10 years after VJ day to fully asses the amazing defense that the Japs had rigged for us. Their population, military and civilian alike, was fully prepared from the very youngest to the oldest, military and civilian alike, with no qualifications, to sacrifice their lives for the emperor.

Did Japan deserve that treatment? Again it is not common knowledge that the Japs created an Asian Holocaust in which they slaughtered 17 million Asians; Chinese, Koreans, Burmese, etc. All of this occurred in the several years leading up to Pearl Harbor and right up to VJ day. The last time I checked it was the Japs who nailed us at Pearl with the Sunday wake up call.

So, such theoretical issues as carpet bombing Japanese cities and dropping the Atom bomb can’t be taken out of context by the bleeding hearts of U.S. citizenry who accuse our country of all kinds of heinous acts. This is the same kind of sick thinking that is now trying to crucify our former Commander in Chief, his Staff and the Intelligence Services who have been fighting a winning war since 9/11/01, with the absurd allegations of torture.

God Bless America And Those Who Keep Us Safe,

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