Friday, June 25, 2010

America's Forgotten War, Not Forgotten by Marines

(CNN) -- North and South Korea marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War with sober commemorations and sharp rhetoric as tensions continued to ripple between the two countries over the sinking in March of a South Korean warship.

North Korea -- which took the opportunity to blame the United States for causing nearly $65 trillion in "human and material damage" over the last six decades -- continued to ramp up its rhetoric, accusing America of "persistently antagonizing" the country over the sinking of the Cheonan.

South Korea blames North Korea for the sinking, which left 46 people dead, but Pyongyang hotly denies the claim. Top South Korean officials on Friday urged the North to stop its provocations as they honored the war dead at ceremonies.

The peninsula is bracing for what must eventually be a resumption of conflict because of the actions of the stinking dirty communists of the North. (See how I used rhetoric there?) The threatening "rhetoric" from the North, vowing to wipe America off the face of the earth and what ever else they've been telling their people has some merit. They are sitting on missle technology and nuclear technology that definitely threatens the region. I don't believe any one outside of North Korea believes they could wipe us from the face of the earth. But their aggression could in an act of unforgivable stupidity cost the lives of hundreds of thousands even millions of people in the region and cause global fallout of the nuclear variety that could affect everyone in the Northern Hemisphere.

Korea is America's "forgotten war". It commenced just 5 years after World War 2 and failed to draw the major superpowers of the day back into another VERY, VERY costly war. Costly in lives but perhaps more importantly for the governments, costly in dollars and yen and rubles.

America was very broke after World War 2 as were most of the participants. Conducting another global conventional war against the latest threat of communism was not going to happen. But stemming the tide of communist aggression and expansion HAD to happen. Thusly we started what would be known as the Cold War and Korea would be the initial battleground for America and China and the U.S.S.R to conduct ideologic war on a limited scale using the peoples of those countries as pawns.

If you are my age or a student of history you would see many more conflicts using this method. To name a few you see, Vietnam and Cuba for the U.S.A., Afghanistan and the Angola for the U.S.S.R.

The Korean conflict or war or whatever you want to call it has been mostly forgotten by the American public. I can confidently tell you that not one United States Marine has forgotten the Korean War. Many of the most famous legends and characters of the U.S. Marines came from the Korean War. These characters and legends make up much of the mystique that is the United States Marine.

One of the most famous characters was Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller the patron saint of the US Marines. Marine recruits still to this day end each day with these words, "Good night Chesty Puller where ever you are." Chesty had several famous quotes from this war, let me share some with you...

When an Army captain asked him for the direction of the line of retreat, Col. Puller called his Tank Commander, gave them the Army position, and ordered: "If they start to pull back from that line, even one foot, I want you to open fire on them." Turning to the captain, he replied "Does that answer your question? We're here to fight."
- Chesty Puller at Koto-ri in Korea

"Don't forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!"
- Chesty Puller motivating the Marines of the 1st Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir

"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29 to 1. They can't get away from us now!"
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

"They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they will be there in the morning."
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller when a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22 enemy divisions

"There are not enough Chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going where ever they want to go."
- Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller

As you can see the Korean Conflict has helped define each United States Marine you see today serving overseas and at home. We remember the Korean War and those who fought it.

I urge you to remember the veterans who helped stem the tide of Communist aggression in Korea on this, the anniversary of the start of that war. Follow the link and never forget.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Spoiler Alert: Oops too late for you USA wins

It was a nail biter for sure. USA advances to the second round of the World Cup. Even better, WE WON OUT GROUP. Yeah, I know. Thanks go out to the English soccer team for their very average performance.

Check out more of Liz Vassey at the Visual Gratification Blog.

USA.USA.USA!

We play either Ghana or Germany on Saturday.

Landon Donovan is god (little g).
Josey Altidore...words escape me on how useless he is. But here goes...
Having Josey in at striker is like taking a trophy wife on a cattle drive. Sure they're fun to have along, but I'd rather have someone that serves a useful function.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Longest Day

As the sun rose, a woman climbed a rock in the circle center and blew a horn, welcoming in the longest day of the year north of the equator. Drums, tambourines, and cheers reverberated in the background.

Happy Solstice ya fargin' hippie Josh.

This Old House Laws You Didn't Know You Were Breaking

You’d be amazed at some of the wacky ordinances still on the books around the country. (If you don’t believe us, just try puttying nail holes in Schenectady, New York, on a Sunday.) We went looking for some of the strangest laws that affect homeowners, and here’s what we found. Read 'em and learn 'em—or risk the clink.

Here's a list of silly laws. Today is consumed by World Cup Soccer a slow news day, and besides that I'm pretty tired.