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Comment by John G. Comiskey
March 1, 2011 @ 5:59 am
Frank W. Buckles was called and he served.
Frank and others like him are worthy of Periclian praise -exemplary lives of service to democratic nationhood.
R.I.P. Corporal Frank W. Buckles.
Comment by William R. Cumming
March 1, 2011 @ 6:53 am
I am not sure how well they were trained or armed (perhaps the French and British did most of the training and arming of the AEF) but it was an amazing accomplishment to put over 2 million men into the WAR ZONE in WWI. One of IKE’s sons wrote a wonderful book about the US mobilization in WWI and how it provided the experience and knowledge to conduct the larger mobilization in WWII. Events on the civil front are equally interesting in both wars. A recent book 1919 talks about the Palmer raids that year and post Armistice domestic events. But so far no really cogent discussion of the nation’s demobilization and domestic life after WWII has been captured except in perhaps “The Best Years of Our Lives” and discussions of the Truman Adminstration in those years.
Why do I even mention these facts? Because I believe the largest demobilization in US history is about to occur over this decade as the US figures out that for national security it does not need what it has now but needs other skills and competencies.
It is no longer a world where vast fleets will fight fleet engagements or the ability to field 100 mechanized infantry divisions is required to project force.
Now that technology has empowered the individual well beyond any previous age to have the capability to destroy lives and property with relative ease the THREAT has changed.
Perhaps even disease vectors need more study than bombing angles? Time for brainpower not brawn! Not sure how the US will compete on that basis given its largely corrupted educational process–the profit making colleges and universities that do not conduct research or provide the depth of knowledge necessary for real R&D year by year in the US creep into a dominant position in HIGHER-ED and a corrupt political system that is all about making “men Rich” is a problem. Andrew Jackson said that “the business of government is NOT to make men rich” but unfortunately Old Hickory is well past his prime and no longer available for election.
My undergrad thesis involved “Jacksonian Democracy” and his Presidency despite his slave-holding is worthy of even more intensive study NOW than in the past.
We have a complicated polity in the US and history but perhaps the Chinese will help US to achieve the simple agrarian society that the Jeffersonian democrats wanted. We will be an interesting people to watch as we terrace and rice paddy a country to support the 600 million that we might have by the end of this Century.
Again forests are being stripped here in Northumberland County VA so that fields may be planted with corn for energy production. Some beautiful timber looks like it is going to waste to me. But hey never enough trees to hug for me.
March 1, 2011 @ 8:51 am
I beleive it is accurate that 1000 WWII vets die each day!
Comment by The Bleak Prospects Ahead
March 2, 2011 @ 4:43 am
William, I wish we could read your undergrad thesis regarding “Jacksonian Democracy” – pls do consider putting it up on your website! Many of us would Love to read it.
Addressing business early this morning, 1mln MT order from China for yellow corn and 1.2mln MT order for soya destined for China port. On the desk, numerous orders to supply iron ore, steam coal, old rail, all destined for China. At least someone is thinking ahead while I have an existing manganese mining ops here in US available to restart and only the Chinese looking at the project to invest in as we import manganese when we have it in the ground! Much like the oil so plentiful under our yards especially out in Colorado and nearby and no motivation after eight (8) sitting Presidents and 19 Congressional sessions and very little if anything has been done to address this dependence of Middle East oil and the evolving hugh sums of monies to continue this charade!
I overheard a gent at the local Dunking Donuts yesterday morning watching CNN and a discussion as to the woes we are facing as a bankrupt nation and he turned to his pal saying, “These Washington politicians have ‘no’ idea how to address the issues and they have placed us in so, so much peril!” I agree. We heard the “more jobs” and now broken promises and while entrusting them w/our great nation’s future, they have done littl;e and in fact have continued this charade.
Well, the states need $10trillion and the “good ol beltway boys” and especially this President who has already raised the budget deficit nearly $2trillion more to nearly some staggering $15trillion and counting!
No wonder the Chinese have been stockpiling precious metals and other goods on such a weakened and undertermined people hoodwinked by the “Goldman Sachs” administration!
God Bless America, our beloved Republic and most chraitable people!
We owe to the heros of WWI and to WWII, however we have failed them and ourselves for this self serving agenda and blatant ineptness as well as corruption in failing to serve the public “entrusted” to preserve our Constitution and our America, one the beacon of light for so many and now a mighty nation built on Judeo-Christian values which like the Constitution have been attaked by the special interests and presently by a President who for four years cannt even have the discipline to stop smoking! Oh Barry, you and your “Goldman Sachs” administration and this partisan Congress on both sides of the aisle care little for what the Frank Buckles who served to protect freedom and help build this nation did for us, what a shame!
the bleak prospects ahead will remind all what corruption and self agenda will do quickly in eroding a nation, however no ne can take away the commitment of those who have served and pledged their Life to the once bright red, blue and white flag which hangs on my front porch upside down for we are at much peril as never before!
God Bless us!
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March 2, 2011 @ 10:05 am
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