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  • Bacall, Truman and a Piano

    08/13/2014 2:48:39 AM PDT · by No One Special · 23 replies
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  • The Atomic Bomb: It Was Always Right

    08/02/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 251 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Larry Provost
    This week Major Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving Veteran of the Enola Gay that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, joined the rest of his comrades. His passing is a reminder of why using the atomic bomb was the right thing. In August 1945 the Allied Powers, led by the United States, were at war with Imperial Japan in the latter days of World War II. Japan would not give up. For every ten thousand Japanese soldiers that were killed by the Allies only a minuscule amount gave up; usually in the single digits. We were at...
  • When Presidents Stand Firm

    03/23/2014 11:44:25 PM PDT · by No One Special · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 23, 2014 | Karl Ushanka
    Leadership comes in many forms and with many levels of risk, but history gives us a few moments when leaders stood alone and were proven right. [...] In late June 1948 the Soviets cut all road, rail and water access to Berlin, a city controlled by the Western Allies yet surrounded by Soviet-controlled territories. The Soviet’s goal: take Berlin from the Allies by forcing the US-UK-French alliance into one of two options: try to protect a city of 2.1 million starving Germans, or war. The Soviets expected the West to surrender the city quickly. [...] The US was in the...
  • Iwo Jima: ‘The Ghastly Price of Freedom’

    02/21/2014 3:11:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 21, 2014 | Jarrett Stepman
    This Wednesday, February 19, marked the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. One of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific War and all of World War II, the month-long slug-fest between American and Japanese forces in many ways set the stage for the firebombing of Japan and the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the final stages of the fighting, an iconic picture was taken of U.S. Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Surabachi, an image that perfectly captured American resolve and military strength. The men that raised the flag...
  • JFK Assassination: One Month After JFK’s Murder, Former President Truman Called For Abolishing CIA

    01/15/2014 10:24:56 AM PST · by RetiredArmy · 85 replies
    International Business News ^ | January 13, 2014 | Joseph Lazzaro
    JFK Assassination: One Month After JFK’s Murder, Former President Harry Truman Called For Abolishing The CIA One month to the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, former President Harry Truman recommended that the U.S. abolish the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). In an op-ed column published in the Washington Post on Dec. 22, 1963, Truman never linked the CIA to President Kennedy’s murder, but the timing of the explicit and strongly worded column and complaint implied a connection. “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been...
  • Obama Scandals Mirror Truman Second Term

    06/04/2013 2:50:48 PM PDT · by statestreet · 18 replies
    NewsMax ^ | June 4, 2013 | John Gizzi
    As Congress continues investigations of the IRS and the Justice Department, some have noted that the scandals now plaguing President Barack Obama are hauntingly parallel to those that bedeviled another Democratic president following his re-election. Following his dramatic come-from-behind win in the 1948 election, Harry Truman was plagued by charges of corruption in the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Department of Justice. The corruption and appearance of lax prosecution cost President Truman and the Democrats dearly. In his "Harry Truman and the Crisis Presidency," historian Bert Cochran wrote, "The moral fiber of the Truman administration had been called into...
  • China and North Korea: General MacArthur is Vindicated

    03/31/2013 8:00:51 AM PDT · by Amerisraelhere · 30 replies
    And President Truman has been proven wrong. The great and honorable legacy of President Truman is the United States being the first nation to officially recognize the re-establishment of the State of Israel.But with regard to his handling of the illegal Chinese military involvement and attack against U.S. and allied troops in Korea, Truman was flat out wrong.The following is from the fourth chapter entiltled "Korea" in the book written by General Douglas MacArthur- "Revitalizing A Nation":["While I was not consulted prior to the President's decision to intervene in support of the Republic of Korea, that decision, from a...
  • Truman Deployment Cancelled

    02/06/2013 3:18:54 PM PST · by RainMan · 17 replies
    CVN 75, scheduled to deploy this week, cancelled. The Pentagon this afternoon released a statement announcing the delay of the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman and the USS Gettysburg. The carriers were scheduled to leave Norfolk later this week. Below is a portion of the released statement of Pentagon Press Secretary George Little: "The secretary of defense has delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64). "Facing budget uncertainty -- including a continuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts -- the U.S. Navy made this request to the...
  • This Day In History: Truman orders Army to seize control of railroads

    08/26/2012 1:50:07 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    History Channel ^ | August 25, 1950
    On this day in 1950, in anticipation of a crippling strike by railroad workers, President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order putting America's railroads under the control of the U.S. Army, as of August 27, at 4:00 pm. Truman had already intervened in another railway dispute when union employees of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railway Company threatened to strike in 1948. This time, however, Truman's intervention was critical, as he had just ordered American troops into a war against North Korean communist forces in June. Since much of America's economic and defense infrastructure was dependent upon the...
  • Japan marks 67th anniversary of WWII surrender, as frictions with neighbors mount

    08/15/2012 3:28:47 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 3 replies
    Washington Post/Associated Press ^ | 14 August 2012 | Staff
    TOKYO — Japan marked the 67th anniversary of its World War II surrender with a somber ceremony in the capital Wednesday, while renewed tension over territorial disputes and animosity over its wartime actions heated up across the region. Renewing Japan’s pledge to maintain its war-renouncing policy, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda mourned for the war dead and apologized to victims of Japanese wartime atrocities. “We have caused tremendous damage and pain to many countries, particularly the Asian people, during the war. We deeply regret that and sincerely mourn for those who were sacrificed and their relatives,” Noda said. “We will not...
  • Truman Grandson – Political Pawn

    08/06/2012 1:03:34 PM PDT · by Shout Bits · 46 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 08/06/2012 | Shout Bits
    Today is the 67th anniversary of the US's bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. As with each anniversary, many Japanese hold a ceremony designed to promote peace and prevent the use of nuclear weapons. It is hard to judge these people, as the bombing is of course regrettable, but like the Austrians and Italians, these people have a convenient lapse in memory regarding their culpability in WWII. Most regrettable, however is the attendance of Pres. Truman's grandson at the event. While Clifton Daniel stopped short of decrying his grandfather's leadership in the decision to end the war, his presence was a blithe...
  • Harry Truman grandson to visit Hiroshima

    07/30/2012 5:10:13 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 30 July 2012 | Martin Foster
    Clifton Truman Daniel will visit Japan from August 2, and attend ceremonies in Hiroshima August 6, and Nagasaki on August 9, according to Kyodo News as reported in the Nihon Keizai Shinbun. It is the first time a member of the late president’s family will attend the ceremonies, and will holds a deep symbolic meaning for the Japanese. Public papers from his time in office reveal a man with no regrets about using the A-bomb, but his grandson told Kyodo News that the late-president was horrified by the destructive power of the Bomb.
  • LIBOR: A Question of Trust

    07/20/2012 7:32:26 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 1 replies
    Edwin M. Truman explains why the spreading LIBOR scandal has the potential of raising new doubts over the reputations for honesty of many large financial institutions.
  • The Buck Stops With You

    07/16/2012 11:07:56 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 13, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    You should be sitting down. The skies just might open. Glorious Leader has spoken his first words of truth while bungling Harry Truman's famous quote. "Well, here's what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it's pretty clear to me that I'm responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you," Obama said. "The Buck stops with YOU !" Does it ever; about $140,000 per taxpayer on our $16 trillion dollar debt. In actuality, a 'one-percenter' is on the hook...
  • The Evolution of Democratic Presidents

    06/27/2012 3:37:11 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-27-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • State of the Union? Or 'State of the Campaign?'

    01/25/2012 5:02:56 AM PST · by statestreet · 16 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 25, 2012 | David Pietrusza
    With bland, hapless Michigan-born Mitt Romney betraying a greater likeness each day to bland, hapless Michigan-born Thomas E. Dewey, the comparisons of 2012’s presidential marathon to 1948’s Dewey-Truman match-up slog steadily forward—with the latest installment arriving on our doorstep in the form of tonight’s State of the Union Address. Like many a politician before him, Barack Obama preaches a lilting bi-partisanship but practices a harsh partisanship. Predictions that his 2012 State of the Union Address will in reality be a campaign roadmap are near universal. In this instance, once again, “Give ‘Em Hell” Barry, scold of the “Do Nothing 112th...
  • Why Wasn't Ankeny v Daniels Appealed To The Supreme Court?

    As the election for the presidency starts to heat up, the discussion if Barack Obama is a natural born citizen is also heating up. The Supreme Court case Minor v Happersett is being used as the main case to declare Obama not natural born in growing state ballot challenges to his candidacy. What I have noticed in the heated arguments on many political forum boards lately is that Obama supporters are countering Minor v Happersett with the Indiana case Ankeny v Daniels. That case declares this: "Based upon the language of Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 and the guidance...
  • David Pietrusza’s “1948″ (Book Review)

    12/05/2011 7:27:29 AM PST · by statestreet · 2 replies
    The Recovering Politician ^ | December 4, 2011 | Artur Davis
    Harry Truman is the one president widely admired today who was generally reviled in his own times. There was no cult of personality around Truman while he was in the White House; to the contrary, he eventually logged the lowest approval ratings in Gallup’s history, just nudging out Richard Nixon on the eve of resignation. His legislative record was anemic. He failed to curb the anti-communist fervor known as McCarthyism, and the carnage of the Korean War is part of his resume. The fact Truman endures is a testament to two factors: the first, his exemplary decision to assert American...
  • Ode To The Welfare State

    11/30/2011 5:39:28 PM PST · by radioone · 3 replies
    Daily News ^ | 11-4-49 | Daily News
    "Mr. Truman's St. Paul, Minn., pie for everybody speech last night reminded us that at the tail end of the recent session of Congress, Representative Clarence J. Brown (R-Ohio) jammed into the Congressional Record the following poem describing its author only as a prominent Democrat of the State of Georgia."
  • Obama's Job Approval Drops Below Carter's

    11/29/2011 10:43:01 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 122 replies
    US News ^ | 11-29-11 | US NEws
    President Obama's slow ride down Gallup's daily presidential job approval index has finally passed below Jimmy Carter, earning Obama the worst job approval rating of any president at this stage of his term in modern political history. Since March, Obama's job approval rating has hovered above Carter's, considered among the 20th century's worst presidents, but today Obama's punctured Carter's dismal job approval line. On their comparison chart, Gallup put Obama's job approval rating at 43 percent compared to Carter's 51 percent.
  • Be Thankful it was Harry [Truman], Not Henry [Wallace]

    11/26/2011 6:46:50 AM PST · by statestreet · 24 replies
    townhall.com ^ | November 26, 2011 | David R. Stokes
    In the spirit of the recent holiday, among the many things for which Americans should be thankful is a political decision made more than 67 years ago as the Second World War was beginning to wind down and as the nation’s voters prepared for a presidential election. It was one of Franklin Roosevelt’s finest moments of decision, though admittedly, one he exercised reluctantly. By 1944, FDR was living on borrowed time. It was a hardly a secret that health issues he had been dealing with were reaching critical mass, though only a few insiders had any idea as to the...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Give ’Em Hell, Barry - The new model for Obama: Truman vs. the...

    11/05/2011 5:16:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 4, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Give 'Em Hell, BarryThe new model for Obama: Truman vs. the "do-nothing Congress" Recently both First Lady Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis went to the key swing state of Florida to blast the president’s adversaries. For the first lady, Obama’s opponents were concerned only with “the few at the top” and care little for racial, gender, or class justice. For Solis, the sexually derogatory term “tea-bagger” summed up the wave of 2010 that for a while stopped Obama’s attempts to borrow more money in order to stimulate the moribund economy. Apparently Harry Truman’s unforeseen win in 1948 against...
  • Obama's Resemblance to Truman Is Thin

    10/11/2011 6:02:22 AM PDT · by statestreet · 14 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 11, 2011 | John Gizzi
    For all of the recent comparisons made between Barack Obama seeking reelection in 2012 to Harry Truman in his stunning upset win of 1948, there are some sharp differences, and pundits should be more careful in saying "Give 'em Hell Harry" can be replicated next year by "Give 'Em Hell Barry." That was the conclusion last week of a respected historian who has written three books exploring important presidential years. David Pietrusza, author of the widely praised books "1960" and "1920" on the presidential elections of those years, was in Washington, D.C., to appear on the weekly C-SPAN documentary, "The...
  • Why Truman Can't Save Obama

    09/07/2011 7:23:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/07/2011 | Jay Cost
    It’s often been said that Barack Obama is an audacious leader. But perhaps it's better to consider the possibility that he is just a politician who lacks a sense of irony, at least when it comes to himself. For example, last weekend in Detroit, the president said: The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now. No more manufactured crises. No more games. Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs; now is the time for them to worry about your jobs. This would perhaps be a...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The False WWII Analogy - Obama’s America is more like Attlee’s Britain...

    08/24/2011 8:35:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | August 24, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The False WWII AnalogyObama's America is more like Attlee's Britain than Truman's America. Since 2009, the example of the economic boom following World War II has been used by Keynesians to justify their record “peacetime” levels of borrowing intended to lift the U.S. out of the doldrums. Indeed, the more the contemporary borrowing fails, the more the vast indebtedness of the war years is invoked to reassure us. On occasion a wry lament follows that if only a spaceship full of dangerous aliens were to appear, we might have the requisite excuse to follow our grandfathers into a new collective...
  • Harry S. Obama?

    08/16/2011 6:06:52 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 16, 2012 | Michael Barone
    But on one policy Truman went further than his top advisers or Dewey's. When the Soviets blocked land access to West Berlin in June 1948, Truman's advisers -- men of the caliber of George Marshall and Omar Bradley -- said that it was impossible to supply food and fuel to Berlin and we should just abandon it. At a crucial meeting in July 1948 Truman listened to this advice. After others finished talking, Truman said simply, "We're not leaving Berlin." Gen. Lucius Clay, our proconsul in Germany, set about organizing what became the Berlin airlift. Gen. William Tunner, who had...
  • President Bart Simpson

    08/16/2011 5:00:27 PM PDT · by Sudetenland · 17 replies
    The Houston Conservative ^ | August 16, 2011 | Will Malven
    Never before in our nation's history have we had a President less likely, or less willing, to take responsibility for his failures. Unlike President Truman, who famously had a sign on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here," President Obama avoids responsibility like the plague. It can be seen in his handling of the Democrat written, Democrat passed, economy destroying health care initiative--to which he contributed little, but rhetoric and which he allowed his Democrat allies in Congress to write, it can be seen in his Libyan War-that is not war--the planning of which and the decision for which,...
  • Obama may run Truman-style 2012 campaign

    08/16/2011 5:42:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/16/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is eyeing a 2012 campaign modeled on President Harry Truman’s 1948 successful re-election campaign against Congress. First, however, the White House will send to Capitol Hill an assortment of ‘economy-boosting’ legislation in a package that may include a major overhaul of the tax code. “I’ll be putting forward, when they come back in September, a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit,” Obama told a friendly audience at a Decorah, Minnesota campaign-event on Monday. “My attitude is, get it done … [but] if they don’t get it done, then...
  • (Vanity) 1950'S Song that is Strangly relevant to today... "I'm no Communist"

    08/11/2011 8:30:01 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 5 replies
    Song from 1952..."I'm no Communist" by LuLu Belle and Scotty. Somehow still very relevant in 2011...(Barack Obama's America). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gudJgbvBnmo
  • Obama Increased Debt More in 4 Days Than Truman and Eisenhower Did in 10 Years

    08/10/2011 9:19:06 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    cnsnews.com/ ^ | Aug 10 2011 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    In just four days last week, President Barack Obama’s administration increased the national debt by more in inflation-adjusted dollars than the administrations of Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower increased the national debt over the entire decade of the 1950s. At the start of business on Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the national debt subject to the legal limit was $14.293975 trillion. Obama signed legislation that day lifting the limit by as much as $2.4 trillion—with an initial and immediate increase in the limit of $400 billion. By the close of business on Friday, Aug....
  • A Paragraph from McCullough's Biography of Harry Truman

    07/20/2011 12:15:18 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 37 replies
    1992 | David McCullough
    Stalin's indifference made a profound impression on Marshall. The Soviets, it seemed, were quite content t see uncertainty and chaos prevail in Europe. It served their purposes to let matters drift. Particularly, they had no wish for a return of order and stability in Germany, let alone a revived prosperity there. Marshall had thought the Russians could be negotiated with, but at Moscow he decided he had been mistaken.
  • PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN'S ADDRESS BEFORE A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS(Signed into Law May 22)

    05/22/2011 5:44:41 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 7 replies
    Yale Law School ^ | 03/12/1947 | Harry S. Truman via Yale Law School
    The gravity of the situation which confronts the world today necessitates my appearance before a joint session of the Congress. The foreign policy and the national security of this country are involved. One aspect of the present situation, which I wish to present to you at this time for your consideration and decision, concerns Greece and Turkey. The United States has received from the Greek Government an urgent appeal for financial and economic assistance. Preliminary reports from the American Economic Mission now in Greece and reports from the American Ambassador in Greece corroborate the statement of the Greek Government that...
  • Was Patton killed?

    12/19/2010 12:17:44 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 167 replies · 8+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 18, 2010 | ROBERT K. WILCOX
    Sixty-five years ago this month, Gen. George S. Patton Jr., hero of World War II and an outspoken critic of the Soviets, was en route to a Sunday hunting trip, a day before permanently leaving Europe, when he was critically injured in a vehicle accident on a deserted two lane highway near Mannheim, Germany. A large US army truck that Patton’s driver later said was waiting for them, suddenly — and without signaling — abruptly turned into his limousine’s path, causing a head-on crash. Even though Patton had an aide with him and the driver of the truck had one...
  • The Guy Obama SHOULD HAVE Been Emulating All This Time...

    09/09/2010 8:23:40 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 13 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 9, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Who decided we wanted 'a new FDR', anyway... Newsweek? Give-em-Hell Harry's pragmatic and patriotic Democratic leadership was actually of the type that could have banished today's GOP to the political boonies for a decade or more. Alas, somehow it seemed more stylish and romantic to repeat the expensive Keynesian failures of the Roosevelt Administration instead... this coupled to a weird defeatist foreign policy of Team Obama's own creation. Harry S Truman (the "S" doesn't stand for anything... just "S") was a brave, humble, and grateful-to-be-free American who ran to serve his country... and in a most competent and principled manner....
  • President Truman

    08/10/2010 9:48:43 PM PDT · by slapshot · 18 replies
    Pres Truman Thank you for the hard decisions that allowed my grandpa to live
  • AL QAEDA SUPPORTER PLEADS GUILTY... ["Khalid Ouazzani, 32, of Kansas City"]

    05/19/2010 5:12:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies · 645+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Al Qaeda Supporter Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorist Organization Kansas City Man Also Admits to Bank Fraud, Overseas Money Laundering KANSAS CITY, MO—Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist organization al Qaeda. He also pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. “National security is the highest priority of the Department of Justice,” Phillips said. “I applaud the diligent work of our...
  • Ken Blackwell: Truman Was Right; Netanyahu Would Be Right

    04/25/2010 10:16:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 523+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 25, 2010 | Ken Blackwell
    President Obama's new Nuclear Posture Review has succeeded mightily in muddying the clear waters. He says that we will not use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear power. Except Iran. Except North Korea. If we are attacked with biological or chemical weapons, we will not retaliate with nuclear weapons. Is this a green light for another attack on the homeland? And what are the former captive nations of Europe supposed to think? Does any NATO member -- like Poland, like Estonia -- sleep more soundly with this ringing declaration of confusion, this uncertain trumpet? When he was in Japan last fall,...
  • New York Post: Truman, Ike, Reagan: Next Up, Sarah Palin!

    03/17/2010 7:46:25 AM PDT · by MaxCUA · 298 replies · 3,160+ views
    THE ISSUE: Whether presidential candidates today have character, as their predecessors did. In looking for a president with the character of Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan, Ralph Peters asks, "Will we ever again have a president who didn't go to an Ivy League school, who knows what it's like to struggle -- as so many Americans struggle every day -- and who's tasted defeat, but got back in the ring with his dukes up?" ("Why Our 'Post-Modern Presidents' Fail,"). The answer is "yes." Her name is Sarah Palin. etc...
  • Truman and the Principles of U.S. Foreign Policy (more classic VDH dissection of the Messiah)

    10/29/2009 6:13:35 AM PDT · by milwguy · 3 replies · 482+ views
    wsj ^ | 10/29/2009 | vdh
    Upon entering office, Barack Obama knew little about foreign policy. But then neither did Vice President Harry S. Truman when Franklin Delano Roosevelt died suddenly on April 12, 1945. President Obama often invokes the supposed mess abroad—especially in Iraq and Afghanistan—left to him by George W. Bush. But Mr. Obama's inheritance is mild compared to the myriad crises that nearly overwhelmed the rookie President Truman. All at once Truman had to finish the struggle against Hitler, occupy Europe, and deal with a nominally allied but increasingly bellicose and ascendant Soviet Union. Within months of taking office he had to make...
  • Why No Testimony From McChrystal?

    10/07/2009 4:42:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 1,247+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | October 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War Strategy: When Bush and Petraeus proposed the surge in Iraq, Democrats demanded that the general testify before Congress. So why has the Senate blocked a similar invitation to our commander in Afghanistan? Those with memories longer than the 24-hour news cycle recall that in the dark days of the Iraq War, David Petraeus was summoned to Washington to explain the surge strategy that would eventually lead to victory in Iraq. Democrats hoped for a show trial. MoveOn.org took out a full-page ad in the New York Times labeling the commanding general of our efforts in Iraq "General Betray-us." Then...
  • Afghanistan troops surge: stakes for Obama could not be higher

    09/27/2009 5:53:14 PM PDT · by Saije · 18 replies · 1,076+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/27/2009 | Tim Reid
    We have not yet reached a Harry Truman v Douglas MacArthur moment in Washington — the extraordinary day in April 1951 when the US President fired his top general for disagreeing with him on his Korean War policy. Yet this much is now clear: a potential battle now looms between Barack Obama and his top generals over Afghanistan that could define, even destroy, his presidency. After only nine months as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama has reached a critical point in determining whether to order a surge of additional troops into Afghanistan. It is a strategy that is being demanded by General...
  • Don't Blame Stalin II

    09/08/2009 6:50:25 AM PDT · by joey703 · 4 replies · 462+ views
    Breaking Down Borders: Korea ^ | Sept. 8th, 2009 | Han
    How Will We Judge the Korean War in a Century? [...] What I am arguing is will this be the consensus twenty years from today (or forty years after this article was written). I mean, yes, most ordinary South Koreans enjoys such material prosperity that probably only a select few and I mean a very select few in North Korea could only begin to dream about. I am saying that had the Korean War run its course without intervention from the United States (or equivalently had Harry S. Truman not settled on a policy, the Truman Doctrine, where not winning...
  • Don't blame Stalin.

    09/06/2009 1:34:49 AM PDT · by joey703 · 47 replies · 1,063+ views
    Breaking Down Borders: Korea ^ | Sept. 6th, 2009 | Han
    U.S. naivete not only wrongly interfered with the natural development of East Asia, but in particular with respect to Korea, the greatest tragedy was that by the U.S. interfering in what was basically a civil war, the peninsula saw all the carnage and destructionthat would've played out anyways had the U.S. not interfered, but the wardid nothing to unify the nation ("Containment"). Moreover, the perverse state that North Korea finds herself to be in is a direct result of the natural order of things being prevented from occurring. Other Sinic nations experienced similar bouts of reconciliation, but with the fruits...
  • It's time to Stop the Revisionist History on the Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb - Video

    08/06/2009 5:35:39 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 23 replies · 560+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Today marks the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb by the United States on Japan, August 6, 1945. The decision by President Harry Truman to drop the bomb has been roundly criticized by revisionist historians and others on the Left. Some have even gone so far as to call Truman a "war criminal" for doing so. They could not be more wrong. The United States had already suffered hundreds of thousands of casualties at the hands of Japan, in a war Japan started. The Japanese had shown in battle after battle their willingness to fight to...
  • The "greatest" -- and "worst" -- presidents Rethinking the presidential rating game

    05/11/2009 8:01:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies · 1,399+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | May 11, 2009 | Wes Vernon
    The trouble with many of the past ratings of America's presidents is that the "consensus" has been arrived at by academics who act alike, do alike, and think alike. In the view of many, they are suspect of viewing history exclusively through the prism of Ivy League faculty lounge discourse. Alvin Stephen Felzenberg (Ph.D.) — who has taken a fresh and comprehensive look at the nation's chief executives in his book The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn't): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game — does not challenge the credentials of the conventional historians. Rather, as he explains in...
  • The truth about the atomic bombs (Whittle)

    05/01/2009 10:25:00 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 48 replies · 1,923+ views
    PJ Media ^ | 5/1/09 | Bill Whittle
    Bill covers the WW2 nuke bombing of Japan. Video at the link...
  • Jon Stewart: Truman’s a War Criminal for Bombing Hiroshima

    04/30/2009 8:43:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies · 1,903+ views
    Daily Show ^ | April 30, 2009
    "Here's what I think of the atom bombs. I think if you dropped an atom bomb fifteen miles offshore and you said, "The next one's coming and hitting you," then I would think it's okay. To drop it on a city, and kill a hundred thousand people. Yeah. I think that's criminal."
  • Jon Stewart: Hey, sorry for calling Harry Truman a war criminal

    05/01/2009 5:02:38 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies · 1,225+ views
    Hot Air ^ | May 1, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    A follow-up to Wednesday night’s Kinsleyan gaffe: He’s sorry, he’s just not sure why he’s sorry. The closest we get to an explanation is that the decision to drop the bomb was “complicated,” but of course that’s why Cliff May brought it up — to draw a parallel with the decision to waterboard terrorists. The moral calculus about how far to go in roughing up jihadis to save how many lives is difficult, as was the calculus about how many lives would be saved in the long run by incinerating Japanese kids in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end the war....
  • Jon Stewart: Truman's a War Criminal for Bombing Hiroshima

    Although historians have debated the issue for decades, Jon Stewart has no question about this controversial matter: former President Harry S. Truman is a war criminal for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
  • Jon Stewart: Truman Was a War Criminal, Too

    04/30/2009 1:13:32 PM PDT · by mojito · 62 replies · 2,168+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/30/2009 | Michael Goldfarb
    It comes at about the 5:50 mark. Cliff May asks Stewart whether Truman's use of the atomic bomb was a war crime, Stewart ruminates and then responds with an unequivocal "yes." He's certainly not the only American who would take that view, but it's a useful reminder that the most vocal and popular criticism of the Bush administration's war on terror policies comes from people who, if they were being as honest as Stewart, would also judge Lincoln (suspension of habeas), FDR (internment), and Truman (use of nuclear weapons) as war criminals or tyrants or worse. Stewart repeats the charge...