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15 PHOTOS: VIETNAM 1966-1967

It is hard to believe all this took place 50 years ago..

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AMERICAN SNIPER

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American Sniper is old news, although the far left is still carping about it; but I just saw it yesterday and I want to share my thoughts. The first thing I want to say is hats off to Clint Eastwood. Other directors are long out to pasture at 84. I’ve always been an Eastwood fan, but the stamina and determination he shows in producing and directing this movie are exceptional. It truly is one of the best war movies I have ever seen. He captures the life of an American hero and tells his story in a coherent and compelling manner which should stir the heart of every American patriot. I left the theater with tears in my eyes.

As a Vietnam War combat veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army I know the hardships warriors and their families endure. As I wrote in A Soldier’s Journey to an Unknown Destination, war changes you in ways you are not even aware of. Yes, there are those that come home damaged mentally and physically, but most combat veterans will tell you the are better people. Combat teaches you the true value of life. I believe American Sniper communicates that idea.

Warrior’s spouses who raise their children and run their household alone while their husband or wife serve repeated tours in combat zones are heroes unto themselves. American Sniper captures what Chris and Tara Kyle felt not just what they did.

(Spoiler Alert) Eastwood omits the tragedy of Chris Kyle’s murder by a deranged veteran from the film. It ends with Tara’s last glimpse of Chris alive. Behind the ending credits actual footage of Chris’s memorial ceremony and funeral show the thousands of people who turned out to honor him.

Finally, I am even more angry now at the Michael Moore’s and Howard Deans on the left who cast aspersions on Chris Kyle and the movie. They demonstrate how ignorant and out of touch the far left is with America. There attitudes remind me of how many Americans felt about the Vietnam War and those of us who served in it. To me, they are the moral equivalent of Jane Fonda sitting on an antiaircraft gun in Hanoi while American warriors are dying in combat and American POWs are tortured. Her actions contributed to many deaths because she bolstered enemy morale and helped the North Vietnamese win the propaganda battle which extended the war. Moore, Dean and others do the same. Criticizing policy and strategy are fair game; personal attacks on true American heroes are disgusting.

Like Saving Private Ryan, American Sniper contains graphic violence and images of American warriors dying on the battlefield; but as Eastwood did in the Undefeated, he never glorified violence, he only shows its consequences. I highly recommend American Sniper.

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COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM AND SHORT MEMORIES

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We might forgive NBC Sports for glossing over the evils of Soviet communism during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, if it weren’t for all those young men and women, born since the fall of Soviet Union, that have no memories of the Cold War or the “evil empire.” Given the U.S. education system these days, I doubt they learned much about it in school.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: WORSE THAN VIETNAM?

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The way things are going in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospects for lasting victory are fading with worse long-term consequences than Vietnam. The human cost of the Vietnam War was far greater than it has been in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I choose to believe that our warriors did not die in vain in Vietnam because we ultimately won the Cold War of which the wars in Korea and Vietnam were part. Still, we lost the Vietnam War and suffered lasting consequences as a result. What’s at stake in the Middle East is greater than what was at stake in Vietnam. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com

 

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REMEMBERING JFK

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Fifty years ago, I was attending an English class at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, when I learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Like the rest of America, I spent the next three days watching television and thinking about what it all meant. I didn’t know it then, but JFK was to have a lasting impact on my political perspective; although I’ve never voted for a Democrat.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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HONORING OUR VETERANS BY PRESERVING THEIR LELGACY

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The legacy of America’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan is the U.S. armed forces they created and sustained. We can best preserve that legacy and honor our veterans by concerning ourselves with the plight of America’s warriors on active duty.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THERE YOU GO AGAIN MR. PRESIDENT

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Mr. President, are you and the people who write your talking points ignorant of the history of Vietnam and those that inspired Ho Chi Minh, or were you just attempting to humor the President of Vietnam last week when you took a break from your perpetual campaign to meet with Truong Tan Sang in the Oval Office? Either way it’s troubling.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE POW/MIA DILEMMA

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The Pentagon’s activities to account for over 80,000 Americans missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War was back in the news last week. This time it was about an internal report by Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) employee Paul Cole. In it, Cole asserts that DoD’s POW/MIA accounting is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from “dysfunctional to total failure.” When I read this, it was déjà vu all over again. (Read the full column at EWRoss.ccom)

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OBAMA’S DISREGARD FOR THE NATURE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM

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President Obama’s fundamental disregard for the nature of Islamic terrorism, no doubt, has Islamist-jihadists around the world cheering.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHY MUSLIM TERRORISTS WANT TO KILL US AND YOUNG MUSLIM MEN WANT TO BECOME TERRORISTS

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In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, media coverage has been full of people telling us we have to better understand why Muslim terrorists want to kill us and some young Muslim men living in America want to become terrorists, suggesting something about America is at the root of the problem.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE DRONE WARS

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During the George W. Bush administration, Democrats and anti-war groups derided enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs) and the detention facility at Guantanamo as inconsistent with American values and a recruiting tool for al-Qai’da. Far fewer of those critics decry the Obama administration’s killing of al-Qai’da terrorists, including American citizens, with drone strikes, despite the collateral damage that is far more detrimental to winning friends in the Islamic world.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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CHUCK HAGEL AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

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Whatever your views on Secretary of Defense designate Chuck Hagel, if the Senate confirms him, the likelihood that he will leave Defense four years from now better than he found it are extremely low. Discussions about Sen. Hagel’s personal views on gays, Iran, Israel, and other issues aside—after all, the White House makes policy, not the Pentagon—he will have little going for him and enormous challenges to deal with as he assumes office.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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ECHOES OF THE 1968 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

Republican and Democratic national conventions once were exciting and unpredictable. The nominees may already have been determined, but you never knew what might happen. Now they’re all about production values and absence of controversy; but will at least one of the conventions that will take place during the next two weeks be a throwback to a bygone era?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

Filed under: Politics, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

CYBERSECURITY VS. CYBERVAMPIRES: THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

“There are two types of companies left in America; those that have been hacked and know it, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it.”  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AFGHANISTAN: THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

The American generals that now command and have commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among the best warfighters in U.S. history. The U.S. troops under their command are the most skilled, battle-hardened warriors America has ever put in the field. So what went wrong in Afghanistan that’s making victory so elusive if not impossible?

The answer to that question is not the violent reaction to Quran burnings or the massacre of Afghani civilians by a U.S. soldier. Neither is it that “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires,” “it’s a tribal society immune to a strong central government”, “the real problem is in Pakistan,” or “the government of President Hamid Karzai is corrupt.” All are facts, but they are not the principal reasons the NATO effort in Afghanistan, despite success on and off the battlefield, is floundering. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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