Closing Thought–13Jun21

The Pentagon Papers turn 50.

This publication may have been lost on most Americans…..so let me fill in some blanks.

The Pentagon Papers was the name given to a top-secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. As the Vietnam War dragged on, with more than 500,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam by 1968, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg—who had worked on the study—came to oppose the war, and decided that the information contained in the Pentagon Papers should be available to the American public. He photocopied the report and in March 1971 gave the copy to The New York Times, which then published a series of scathing articles based on the report’s most damning secrets.

https://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/pentagon-papers

Today is the 50th anniversary of the publication of this secret study…..

June 13 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the secret Pentagon Papers, a vast collection of internal U.S. decision-making documents on the Vietnam War.

The Papers provoked questions about how the war could have been waged through six presidencies in a row: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford. How could such dissimilar presidents have gone wrong — over and over again? Why couldn’t they stop? Did they get bad intelligence? Did they pick unworthy advisers? Did other bureaucratic dynamics guarantee bad decisions every time? Were they afraid of losing re-election?

This speculation avoided a more straightforward conclusion: Six presidents in a row did not change the long-term goals and strategy, and could not have if they wanted to, because presidents don’t decide those things.

This is what is missing from the Papers. It is the empire in the room nobody wants to talk about.

The Pentagon Papers at 50: What’s Left Out is Crucial

This is the article about how the publishing of the book changed the life of Ellsberg and his family…..

https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2021/04/21/pentagon-papers-anniversary-new-york-times-nixon-impeachment-240479

One of the first books in my now extensive library….as a participant in the conflict in Vietnam I had to read the book….it was an eye opener for me.

If my reader is interested in history then I recommend this book for a look at a war that many Americans want to forget.

Turn The Page!

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“lego ergo scribo”

From The “Can’t Fix Stupid” Files

Today in history….

1920–The U.S. Post Office Department rules that children may not be sent by parcel post.

Last week the Mormons in Utah were ask to pray for rain….and a tropical depression forms off Eastern Mexico in the Gulf…..maybe next time those prayers need to be more precise of where it is needed.

This where I let my readers know just how stupid their elected officials truly are….

Now onto the stupider among us……

Climate change is a huge issue these days and one of the dumbest fence post in the House, good old Louie Gohmert…..and he has an answer to the growing climate problem….

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who admitted recently that some consider him “the dumbest guy in Congress,” appears intent on proving those people right. On Tuesday, the Republican congressman asked a representative of the U.S. Forest Service, tasked with managing America’s national forests and grasslands, if the agency might consider branching out, so to speak.

“I understand from what’s been testified to, the Forest Service and the [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change. I was informed by the past director of NASA that they’ve found the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity, and so — is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit, or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” Gohmert inquired. “Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate.”

‘The Dumbest Guy in Congress’ Asks U.S. Forest Service If It Can Change Moon’s Orbit

Not to worry Gohmert is not alone in the boneheadedness….there is the biggest idiot in the House, Taylor-Greene…..as you would expect she has NO idea about science…..

Conspiracy theory-endorsing Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) probably shocked no one with her latest anti-evolution declaration about science.

“I don’t believe in evolution,” the QAnon adherent told former Trump White House strategist Steve Bannon on his “Real America’s Voice” podcast this week.

“I don’t believe in that type of so-called science. I don’t believe in evolution. I believe in God,” Greene continued, gesturing with air quotes during a discussion about the potential origin of the coronavirus. An estimated 40% of Americans believe God created humans as described in the Bible, according to a 2019 poll.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/marjorie-taylor-greene-evolution_n_60c0ab37e4b0b449dc34073f

Then there is 29% of the American people that fit into ‘can’t fix stupid’ category…..they believe that Trump will be ‘reinstated’….

Almost one-in-three Republican voters say it’s at least somewhat likely former President Donald Trump will be “reinstated” in 2021, according to a new Morning Consult poll, though there’s no feasible way for this to occur. This included 17% of GOP voters who said it’s “very likely” Trump will be reinstated. 

Meanwhile, most GOP voters (61%) and the vast majority of Americans overall (72%) — including 84% of Democrats — say it’s unlikely Trump will be restored to the presidency this year. 

https://www.businessinsider.com/29-percent-republicans-its-likely-trump-will-be-reinstated-poll-2021-6

To these people I ask….just where in the Constitution is there a provision for this re-reinstatement?

Is it just me or do these morons get more stupid by the week?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”