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A Thousand Years of European Boarders

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 20, 2014

Thanks N.T.T. for posting the below video on Facebook.

If you ever wonder why Europe has over the last thousand years been at the center of two world wars and centuries of one political or military conflict after another the below link offers one reason. The current Russia/Ukraine crisis is just the latest iteration.

Click HERE to view the short video.


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D Day, June 6, 1944

Posted by Warren Peterson on June 7, 2013

Today, June 6, 2013 is the 69th anniversary of D Day, the launch of the allied invasion of Nazi held Europe at Normandy. In remembrance of that day here are three speeches, one by the Supreme Commander of the assault, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, one by the Commander and Chief, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and one by former President Ronald Reagan, on the 40th anniversary.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the troops on the launch of the allied invasion of Nazi help Europe, June 6, 1944

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address to the nation revealing the landings on the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944.

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President Ronald Reagan’s speech at Point-du-Hoc on the 40th Anniversary of D Day, June 6, 1984.

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It happened a lifetime ago yet we must remember, always remember.

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The New Military

Posted by Warren Peterson on February 11, 2013

Cartoonist Chip Bok managed to weave women and gays in the military into one cartoon. Some will laugh and some will just shake their heads but Mr Bok has nailed it. It’s a new military now.

To view the cartoon, click HERE

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A Gaffe at West Point – Biden’s Commencement Address

Posted by Warren Peterson on June 6, 2012

Vice-President Joe “Oh my, what am I sayin'” Biden gave this years commencement address at the United States Military Academy – West Point. It is not unusual for speeches at our nation’s military academies to contain praise for a president’s policies and this was no exception. Joe listed several changes made since “President Obama and I came to office.” He ended the war in Iraq and announced the same for Afghanistan was one example. The rest of the speech was filled with platitudes, anecdotes and well deserved praise for America’s military. There was only one instance where the old Joe Biden, prone as he is to placing his foot in his mouth, reverted to form. Apparently he forgot he was speaking to an Army crowd. Delivering praise to “some of America’s most gifted security professionals” tracking down Osama bin Laden, he added, “And in one of the most incredibly daring raids,(which he opposed by the way) they delivered justice to the architect of a harmful ideology … They got him.” He didn’t say they were U.S. Navy Seals but you can bet 99% of the West Point audience heard, “Go Navy!”

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The Irony of Staff Sgt. Bales and Major Hasan

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 25, 2012

From a retired Navy Captain I served with when he was a lowly Ensigns:

“After reading the headlines about the US soldier who shot up Afghanistan
civilians, I couldn’t help noticing an irony. There is all the clamor to
try this guy quickly and execute him, never mind his having suffered a
traumatic brain injury. Yet this Major Hasan, who shot up Fort Hood
while screaming Allah Akbar, still hasn’t stood trial, and they are still
debating whether he was insane, even with the clear evidence regarding his
motive: Slay as many infidels as possible.

So we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he must be executed
immediately. But this Muslim psychiatrist who was stateside in a nice
safe office all day murders 13, wounds 29 of our own guys, and they try to
argue the poor lad suffered post-traumatic stress syndrome, from listening to
real soldiers who had actual battle experience. Two and a half years later,
they still haven’t tried the murderous bastard.”

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On the Nuclear Carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74)

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 14, 2012

Thanks to FC for reminding me of the below video:

The Discovery Channel presentation of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) has been around since 2010 but it is still a thrill to watch, at least for us former Navy types. Since then, one of two fighter/bomber aircraft shown on the video has been retired and the other upgraded. The retired one is the F-14 Tomcat of the movie ”Top Gun” fame and is characterized by twin engines spaced wide apart and twin vertical tails. The other is the F-18 that has twin engines placed close together and twin tails set at an angle.

The commanding officer of the Stennis from April 1996 to August 1999, Captain Douglas Roulstone, appears in the video. After leaving the Navy he worked in the private sector and in 2006 ran for Congress from the 2nd Congressional District in Washington. Not a good year or district for Republicans, he lost to the incumbent Democrat.

The Stennis is named for Senator John Stennis (D-MS) who served many years as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Click HERE and enjoy.

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A Hymn for Memorial Day

Posted by Warren Peterson on May 30, 2011

There are many verses written for it. Brass bands, bagpipes and organs play it. But a chorus singing it, more than these, can place a lump in a throat and bring tears to eyes.

The Navy Hymn – Eternal Father Strong to Save

A fitting hymn as we remember.

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Posted by Warren Peterson on April 16, 2011

Thanks to Bob K for this one.

Below is a link to a You Tube video showing what happens to some bad guys In Iraq. The pops you hear are outbound rounds from some Marines pinned down behind their vehicle. The pings are from inbound rounds fired by some bad guys hiding behind a truck. One of the Marines shouts “Just fired a rifle.” That means an aircraft has fired a missile proving it’s not healthy to shoot at Marines.

Click here: You Tube

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No-Fly Zone, Whose Job Is It?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 14, 2011

An Associated Press report printed in the March 12, 2011 issue of the Seattle Times contained the following statement:

“The Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels, increasing pressure on the U.S. and other Western powers to take action that most have expressed deep reservations about.”

I understand why the 22 member Arab League might want the cover of a UN approved action but why should “Western powers,” let alone the United States, have to impose the no-fly zone. Many of the League members have robust militaries. Egypt, to name one, is well armed with American made (and paid for) equipment. Let them toss out Gadhafi. A little war would galvanize their country when they could most use some national unity. The Saudis could pay for it.

If it has to be a “Western” power, surely the European Union, which needs Libya’s oil, has the military muscle to do the job. The Brits and French actually have aircraft carriers. Add in Italy and Germany and you’d have four countries battle tested in Northern Africa not that long ago.

As an alternative, subcontract the job to the Israelis. Just leave us out of this one.

Cross posted on Sound Politics

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9-11 Truther – What Happened to Flight 77?

Posted by Warren Peterson on March 8, 2011

I received the below e-mail with a link to an interesting video of a test conducted at least as early as May 2004. While well before the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, it explains why so few pieces of Flight 77 survived the impact on the building. Read the e-mail, then click on “Phantom Test” to see the video.

Subject: FW: F-4 PHANTOM JET meets brick wall…

The passenger jets that hit the WTC towers and Pentagon were doing 600 mph!!! Many of you may have seen the Michael Moore web site that asks the question; ‘If it’s true that a Boeing airliner hit the Pentagon, what happened to all the parts of it? Why did we not find more pieces of it? Where did all that mass GO?’

Well, for those who question what happened to ‘all the mass of that airplane,’ watch. It’s an Air Force engineering test of a concrete barrier that was to surround a nuclear reactor dome, to see if it would indeed survive an aerial attack. With the high speed cameras rolling, they attached an F-4 Phantom to the sled and then pumped up the speed to 500 MPH, and…

‘What happens when an ‘Unstoppable Force’ meets an ‘Immovable Object?” Watch in slow motion as the F-4 turns to vapor.

Phantom Test

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