Veterans Day–2018

To start our president cancels a visit to a WW1 American cemetery…..

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump cancelled their trip to the Ainse-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France on Saturday due to “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather.”

The details: The Trumps were scheduled to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and moment of silence, the Independent reports, to commemorate the more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers that died there during World War I. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all went ahead with plans to visit World War I memorials. According to the White House, Chief of Staff General John Kelly and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford would visit in their place.

Screw the American dead….his hair is more important.

This year the true Veterans Day falls on a Sunday so the holiday will be observed on Monday, 12Nov18.

I send a shout out to all veterans on this day and to say a heart felt THANK YOU…..your sacrifices will be remember by me and my family forever.

Keeping with a small tradition here on IST I post a video of the unit I served in while in Vietnam for 2 and half years….I was a LRRP for the 9th Division…..

It is a lengthy video but well worth the view.

Even though the LRRPs were absorbed by the Rangers….I care not I was a LRRP then and will die a LRRP.

For your musical delight I shall leave you with the songs of my time…..

I leave you now….I have things that must be done on this day….thanx for all your support and I appreciate each and every one of my followers.

Peace Out!

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World War One Remembered–11 November

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

We approaching the 100 year anniversary to the end of the Great War, World War One……and most Americans have NO idea what the war was about or how the US was involved…..

100 years ago today……the Great War ended!

As a political historian I feel that all wars must be remembered for it could help deter any further wholesale slaughter in the name of civilization…..but first since this war is not well remembered here in the US I shall give my readers a 2 part breakdown of the War…(not to worry they are short videos)……

The popular belief was the the Great War was unavoidable…that as the countries militarized a confrontation was inevitable…..but was it?

There is another school that believes the Great War was an accident that was never intended to go beyond punishing the Balkans for their part in the deaths of the crown prince and his wife…..but was it?

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, formerly called the Great War.

Not surprisingly, this has brought all sorts of stories and op-eds discussing the disastrous events that killed some 16 million people and wounded an additional 21 million others.

To this day, most observers continue to claim that World War I was an inadvertent war: that is, that none of the countries involved particularly wanted war but war came nonetheless. Some claim it was the major armament programs and offensive military doctrines adopted by European countries in the run-up to the war that made WWI inevitable. Others claim it was the hypernationalistic populaces that caused the war. Still others blame the tight alliances that European nations formed in the years prior to WWI, which created an environment in which the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by an anarchist could plunge the entire continent into a bloody war. And then there are those that blame the situation on the irreconcilable interests of a rising Germany and a declining Great Britain. Regardless of the particular explanation invoked, most seem to agree that the war was an accident.

https://thediplomat.com/2014/08/the-great-myth-world-war-i-was-no-accident/

August 1914 was the start of the Great War, the War to End War, World War One (only after the start of hostilities with Germany in 1939)……

This war needs to be remembered because of the massive amounts of casualties, millions upon millions died from combat and that does not include the civilian deaths…..

It wasn’t the good war. But, in our popular imagination, it wasn’t the bad one either.

Instead, it’s identified by a vague mixture of concepts, names, and events: the Lusitania, “Wilsonian Idealism,” Versailles, Theodore Roosevelt.

The First World War – known as the “Great War” in Europe – has largely faded from memory on this side of the Atlantic. Arguably, this is because our involvement was so brief – joining the slaughter over two years after it began and leaving it just over eighteen months later.

https://original.antiwar.com/Harry_Blain/2018/09/10/everything-about-2018-shows-why-americans-should-remember-world-war-i/

The US learned valuable lessons in the fields of Flanders…..lessons that we have carried forth…..

Is there an “American way of war?” To answer this question, one would do well to start with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I, often rightly said to be America’s first modern war. The AEF exhibited both good and bad traits. To begin with the bad: One finds arrogance and the conviction of superiority vis-à-vis America’s allies and enemies, along with the assumption that they had nothing to teach U.S. forces. The good: Notwithstanding the initial arrogance and conservative institutional culture, some commanders and their men displayed an ability and willingness to learn, especially at the operational and tactical levels. Most importantly, they recognized that in fact America’s allies had a great deal to teach the U.S. military. Rather than let their self-confidence close their minds, they saved it for assertiveness on the battlefield.

https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/how-the-u-s-military-learned-to-learn-in-world-war-i-lessons-from-the-american-expeditionary-forces/

Around the world unlike the US….people remember the war and all its horror……https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46168105

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The Warrior Spouse

Today we celebrate Veterans Day…….a day set aside to remember all those that have served their country…..and because we are fighting so many wars we have an uptick of mental health problems with our veterans…

On the front line of help for our broken warriors are the spouses….and I found a good article that tries to help military spouses cope and get the help for their warrior spouses…..

The purpose of this article is for the reader to understand and acknowledge the role of a warrior’s spouse and for this story to resonate with other women who are struggling to deal with their husband’s post-traumatic stress (PTS).

“I can’t talk to my wife; I don’t want to burden her with the details; I don’t want to bring the war home,” the warriors’s tell her.  “Make no mistake, the war is home; it walks in the door with you,” she said.

To the Warrior Spouse:

“No one trains a spouse to be a warrior, yet that is what is required to wage the war within on an unfamiliar battlefield. No one teaches the tactics and techniques to fight an enemy without a name or a face that shows up at the most unexpected times and places.”  Jen Satterly

All the help that can be had is a good thing for those suffering from PTSD……it is a silent killer that has killed way too many of our veterans……