Democrats: Conflicts, and Debates

U-2 Aircraft

U-2 Aircraft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

50 years ago this week, a Democratic President guaranteed the end of the Soviet Union.

You see in October of 1962 the United States discovered that the Soviet Union was installing medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads in Cuba. This was unacceptable for at least two reasons, first we were not amenable to Cuba having nuclear weapons (we still aren’t, non-proliferation is a good thing) and second it is a clear violation of the Monroe Doctrine essentially turning Cuba into a colony of the Soviet Union.

President Kennedy after the screw up at the Bay of Pigs was perceived by Khrushchev as weak, he was by many Americans as well. So the Soviets thought they could pull this off.

There is an old rule of great powers that a continental power (like Germany or Russia) can strike hard but not far, a maritime power like Japan or Great Britain can strike far but not really hard, but a superpower (like the United States, or Britain before the Second World War) can strike both hard and far. This was the Soviet Unions bid for superpower status. They failed.

In a situation that had the United States at DEFCON 2 for days and almost the entire Tactical Air Command, concentrated in the southeast as well as Army and Marine units preparing an invasion, we came very, very near to a general thermonuclear war. Khrushchev backed down. Mostly because he knew he would lose. I can barely remember it but, it was a very scary time.

But the lessons were these, the United States would go to war to defend its allies, this was the month when our allies found out beyond a doubt, whoever the President was, that we would defend them, even at the risk of the destruction of America. The Soviets also drew this lesson, and we know, in retrospect, that from that day the risk of general war was immeasurably reduced.

From the day that Khrushchev ordered the missiles removed from Cuba, the doom of the Soviet Union was written, nobody could relax and the forces had to remain ready but, it was all over but the death throes, when the proper leaders arose, Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul, the decrepit edifice of the Soviet slave state came tumbling down.

A very tense month when America got it right.

Then there is this mess in Benghazi

From the Anchoress:

CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson is committing journalism regarding Benghazi, on behalf of a citizenry that is entitled to know what the hell is going on:

Some lawmakers are asking why U.S. military help from outside Libya didn’t arrive as terrorists battered more than 30 Americans over the course of more than seven hours. The assault was launched by an armed mob of dozens that torched buildings and used rocket propelled grenades, mortars and AK-47 rifles.

CBS News has been told that, hours after the attack began, an unmanned Predator drone was sent over the U.S. mission in Benghazi, and that the drone and other reconnaissance aircraft apparently observed the final hours of the protracted battle.

The State Department, White House and Pentagon declined to say what military options were available. A White House official told CBS News that, at the start of the attack, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta “looked at available options. . . Retired CIA officer Gary Berntsen believes help could have come much sooner. He commanded CIA counter-terrorism missions targeting Osama bin Laden and led the team that responded after bombings of the U.S. Embassy in East Africa.

“You find a way to make this happen,” Berntsen says. “There isn’t a plan for every single engagement. Sometimes you have to be able to make adjustments. They made zero adjustments in this. They stood and they watched and our people died.”

Let that last line sink in for a minute. Ann Althouse did and then she asked:

The attack went on for hours. Why didn’t/couldn’t our military go in? Was it for the same reason that no military was there to protect them in the first place, that the Obama administration did not want the appearance of a military presence? Were they watching, thinking the attack should quickly succeed, allowing them to say it all happened so fast… and then it wasn’t fast?

Continue reading Benghazi Travesty: 7 Hours, 4 Lives: No Scheisskopf, Please UPDATED

Go ahead and read it, I have to go throw up, these clowns are sure no Profile in Courage are they?

Oh, the debate last night.

Romney Came, Romney Saw, Romney Conquered.

Obama looked like a first time candidate for city-council, Romney looked and sounded like the President of the United States of America, in the line of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Reagan.

In 14 days we have the opportunity to begin the restoration of America, let’s ‘git ‘r done’.

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18 Responses to Democrats: Conflicts, and Debates

  1. The common denominator: showing weakness to our enemies. It invites escalation and even attacks. It has always been so. People respect power and a perception that when the President says he will do something, he will do it.

    Cuba was a massive screw-up and killed many good men we had trained and given our promise to in order to free their homeland from the oppression of a radical dictator. We broke our promise. Our screw-up in Benghazi is based on this same show of weakness from a president that is viewed as having no integrity: his threats are meaningless to these people. Iran is obviously the same.

    The debate, though I do agree with you Neo, left me empty with all the unsaid truths about these last 4 years. I do wish he had made a few more thrusts in the duel. I did like the reference to Obama’s apology tour and a few other pointed jabs that were slipped in though there were many, many others as you know that might have left Obama reeling from the constant blows. I guess I wanted a knock out and not a TKO.

    • That was the point I was trying to make, SF, when the US looks weak, bad thing happen, in Kennedy’s case the world nearly ended. In the missile crisis he did OK, but it shouldn’t have been necessary.

      About the debate, yes, I agree. But the thing is, Romney wasn’t talking to us, he’s got us. He’s got to get the squishy middle, the Dems that voted for Reagan. I think he could have been harder but, I’m no expert. I remember feeling the same about Reagan in 1980 though.

      • I guess you’re right. I have a hard time understanding that even is a squishy middle. I wonder what world they’re living in.

        • Yeah, I know, I have the same problem, and why on earth a rational (or even semi rational) human would support Obama, I ain’t got a clue, I had more sense when I was six.

        • It took you that long to get that much sense???? You’re a slow learner. :-)

        • Yeah, I know. :-)

        • So that you don’t feel bad, I’m a slow learner too. I usually learn from the school of hard knocks. That’s why my head is so sore all the time. :-)

        • Ah, a fellow alumni of Screw U, heh?:-)

        • Indeed I am. A charter member at that. :-)

        • A very good, and hard school it is too. :-)

        • Yes it is a very traditional curriculum taught there. :-)

        • Very :-)

  2. giliar says:

    We WILL git ‘er done, NEO!!!!!!!!

    • You betcha, Gilia!!!!!!

  3. JessicaHof says:

    Great contrast, dearest friend :)

    • It struck me that way as well, dearest friend. :-)
      Thank God the USSR is gone before this fool showed up.

      • JessicaHof says:

        I wonder whether the voters would have dared go for him when the USSR was still going.

        • That is a very interesting question. I don’t know. The closet was McGovern but he was a B-24 pilot with 35 missions in Europe, a very different experience level.

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