Once again we have gone from the 80+ range to the low 50s….we all hope for some moderation…..50s+ is perfect weather…cool enough for a light jacket and warm enough for the need for a heater does not exist…..Mo is loving the weather she spends her time chasing birds an squirrels…..damn! I wish I had all that energy.
Enough of the old fart stuff……
The day before Veterans Day and the day before the celebration of the 100 years since the end of World War One…..
I have tried to help my readers get the grip on the war that killed 110,00+ Americans in 8 months….the carnage in this war has never been matched to date…..
There are a bunch of myths about the War…..plus it is a war that most Americans have NO idea what it was aall about or why we were involved…..
World War One has had a lasting impact….get to know what the situation was all about…..https://graphics.wsj.com/100-legacies-from-world-war-1/
World War One ended 11 November 1918….and began America’s Grand Strategy……
On November 11, 1918, World War One, the Great War, ended. Amid the chaos that followed—revolution, the fall of empires, and rise of nations—the United States attempted to build a rules-based world which favored freedom. American power had won the war, and President Woodrow Wilson was trying to shape a peace along the lines of what we now call a rules-based or “liberal” world order. Wilson’s Fourteen Points, presented the previous January, challenged the imperial, balance-of-power system of the European powers (on both sides) which had started the war, and at the same time took on Lenin’s revolutionary alternative. Wilson’s ideas were a rough draft of American Grand Strategy in what has been called the American Century.
Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War One……we should remember the day for what it was…..
Those of us of a certain age may remember that Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day – the day the guns fell silent in war-torn Europe at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Great War, the Global War that we now call World War I, had reached a ceasefire. In the months and years that followed, the victorious allies would rearrange the boundaries of much of the globe, uprooting peoples and nations in a fragile peace that set the stage for World War II.
This year marks the centenary of the Armistice and a reminder that the old is ever new. In 1821, John Quincy Adams, Secretary of State and future president said our young republic would be the friend of liberty and independence everywhere, but the vindicator and champion only of our own. America, said Adams, “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” Otherwise, she might gain an empire and, in the process, lose her soul.
Adams words do NOT ring hollow! America is slowly losing its soul a small piece with every war it fights…..