Democrats: Conflicts, and Debates
October 23, 2012 18 Comments
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.”
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’.
- Column: Missile crisis still offering us lessons (courierpress.com)
- Cuban missile crisis has crucial lessons for modern leaders (cbc.ca)
- 50 years ago tonight (steveprestegard.com)
- The Cuban Missile Crisis (personalliberty.com)
- Iran Policy and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis (huffingtonpost.com)