a reply to: buddah6
Wow!! Curtis LeMay, Robin Olds, Stormin Norman. All of them shooters. All of them versed in, know , and have lived history.
For it is a well balanced warrior who knows the value of Peace..having intimately seen and lived what happens when Peace fails. The terrible terrible
price..even for the victors in shedding their finest blood.
I too believe in Peace..and well aimed and directed firepower...overwhelming if needed. But at the same time ..because of Peace..you hope you never
have to use it...that respectful diplomacy will properly function in lieu of firepower.
At the same time I am not enamored of "Two Legged Wildlife." Undiciplined , coarse, wildlife.
I am aware that often, and as recorded in history, that when one is judged as weak...people will pick on you like a scab and when you are
fallen...jump on you like a pack of wild dogs...to devour you and make off with the spoils.
You need a leader with enough credibility/reputation to look at others and not blink..and they need to know this. We have not had this in a long time
here in America. To many professional politicians not leaders/shooters.
I still remember Stormin Norman giving a report before the press corps and he was asked how he intended to handle Saddam Hussein and in particular
his vaunted Republican Guard.
Stormin's reply was..."I always wanted to do a Cannae."
I busted out laughing. For Cannae is the textbook battle, among other battles, studied so often by candidates in the Military Academies. At
Cannae...Hannibal with some 25,000 men with his back to the sea...low ground..fought against some 95,000 Romans on the high ground. At the end of the
day..some 95,000 Romans went down.
Hannibal is reported to have said to one of his generals..who asked "What will happen today??"
"There will be a hill here at Cannae today."
Stormin Norman's Hail Mary was a text book end run..as did Hannibal so do at Cannae so many many years ago.
Stormin Norman made his own hill in the desert...as did Hannibal. Stormin Norman did not forget the History.
Storman Norman told them openly what he was going to do..and did it. He was enough of a politician and poker player to know that Saddam's people did
not know much history or the operational art. They are often one and the same.
While I did not know the particulars... of course....I did know what happened at Cannae as a record of history. Hence it was with humor I watched that
news report and I have not forgotten.
But make no mistake..Storman Norman was also a shooter as history points out.
I like History ..but am aware that it takes a good and solid leader/Navigator ..that we do not repeat it so foolishly.
This is also how I know of the terrible terrible price paid by men with foolish leaders in the Great War of 1914 to 1918 and in "Flanders Fields."
We ourselves have paid the price and are continuing to pay the price..for our poor leadership.. and our people have to often lain "In Flanders
In Corregidor, In the Pacific Islands, In Europe, In Asia, and yes..in the Desert as well...the Kasserine Pass unto today.
I have red enough history to know the terrible terrible horrible weight which must have been on Ike's shoulders in the days leading up to 6 June 1944.
His Generals and Admirals as well.
Well..I am certain buddah6 that you and the readers out here get the point. I tend to get a bit long winded at times.
No one fears Obama except our citizens, certainly not our adversaries! We have congress who has linguine for spines who use fear mongering as
a leadership tool. Everything is a crisis but they go on vacation for five weeks while "ROME burns." What's the old saying? "Don't P's on my head and
tell me it's raining." The US politician's credo!
You are correct here in this. Well said.
Thanks to all for their posts,
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