Stiff That Caught My Eye

Getty Images: Bettmann / U.S. Navy

Yesterday, on Martin Luther King Day, the US Navy announced that one of the new Ford class carriers (CVN), the most powerful ships in the world, will be named for Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller, who won the Navy Cross (personally presented by ADM Nimitz) for his actions at Pearl Harbor and was KIA in 1943. From the Navy’s statement:

This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American. This will also be the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a Sailor for actions while serving in the enlisted ranks.…

On Dec. 7, 1941, Miller was collecting laundry on the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), when the attack from Japanese forces commenced. When the alarm for general quarters sounded he headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it. Miller was ordered to the ship’s bridge to aid the mortally wounded commanding officer, and subsequently manned a .50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Miller then helped move many other injured Sailors as the ship was ordered abandoned due to her own fires and flaming oil floating down from the destroyed Arizona (BB-33). West Virginia lost 150 of its 1,500 person crew.

Miller’s actions during the attack earned him a commendation from then Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and the Navy Cross, which was presented to him personally by Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time.

More at the Daily Wire. Bravo Zulu, Navy!


This is interesting, and like the author, I see no reason to doubt it.

Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale shared some statistics from Trump’s campaign rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday. They are absolutely staggering. According to Pascale, 57.9% of the 20,395 voters in attendance were either registered Democrats or Independents.

The results from a poll in Ohio were already impressive, with 43% of those present being Democrat/Independent, but the numbers out of Wisconsin are truly mindblowing.

As RedState’s Elizabeth Vaugh writes, “as a conservative, I am overjoyed at these numbers. I take them to mean that this group is looking for an alternative to the current field of candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination.”

That is no reason to relax, of course. It’s still a long time to November.


Have you seen anything about this? Yeah, me neither. Amazing how well the media have managed not to cover this.

Sunday Funnies; Real Comedy, a Dead Terrorist, and Other Enemies of America (and a Useless Prince, too)

America had a good week, I think. And we got to laugh some too!

 

And, of course

Wait there is more, a video bonus

The Toledo Rally

If you didn’t see the Trump/ Pence rally the other night here it is.

One of his best, hitting all the targets that need hitting, hard an in the X ring.

The Middle of What?

Victor Davis Hanson has a question, “What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore?” As usual, it’s a good one. Let’s see what he has to say.

Since World War II, the United States has been involved in a series of crises and wars in the Middle East on the premise of protecting U.S., Western, or global interests, or purportedly all three combined. Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the hub of three continents, and of three great religions, and the maritime intersection between East and West.

In modern times American strategic concerns in no particular order were usually the following:

1) Guaranteeing reliable oil supplies for the U.S. economy.

2) Ensuring that no hostile power—most notably the Soviet Union between 1946-1989 and local Arab or Iranian strongmen thereafter—gained control of the Middle East and used its wealth and oil power to disrupt the economies and security of the Western world, Europe in particular.

3) Preventing radical Islamic terrorists from carving out sanctuaries and bases of operations to attack the United States or its close allies.

4) Aiding Israel to survive in a hostile neighborhood.

5) Keeping shipping lanes in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, and the Persian Gulf open and accessible to world commerce at the historical nexus of three continents.

6) To the extent we could articulate our interests, U.S. policy was reductionist and simply deterred any other major power for any reason from dominating the quite distant region.

7) Occasionally the United States sought to limit or stop the endemic bloodletting of the region.

Those various reasons explain why we tended to intervene in nasty places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Syria. Yet despite the sometimes humanitarian pretenses about our inventions in the Middle East, we should remember that we most certainly did not go commensurately into central Africa or South America to prevent mass killings, genocides, or gruesome civil wars.

But two questions now arise in the 21st century: to what degree do strategic reasons remain for a strong U.S. ground presence in the Middle East and, in terms of cost-benefit analyses, how much material, human, and psychic U.S. investment is necessary to protect our interests to the extent they still matter in the region?

One of the basic things that have changed is that we (and Russia, for that matter) do not need middle eastern oil. Europe does, and China does, but both depend on the United States to make sure they get it, just as Europe depends on Russia for natural gas.

Maybe it remains in our interest for middle eastern oil to flow at reasonable prices, but maybe we should look at that again.

VDH comments that no one has ever done well trying to control the middle east. He’s right. We’ve done OK, better than most, but do we really care anymore, or is it time to let it fall back to the 11th century, with somewhat better weaponry?

Israel still matters to us, but it can (especially with its local allies) pretty much take care of itself, and we can, of course, continue our commerce and alliance with her.

Commerce is shifting to the Indian and Pacific ocean areas, and that too includes Israel who (for the first time) last year participated in a Pacific Fleet exercise. China, and India, are the future, and I doubt either are going to make too many Arab friends.

And VDH touches on war-weariness in the US (probably the UK as well). It’s real enough but is it really war weariness or simply being weary of never winning, and then get a bunch of gimmiegrants who exploit the system for our trouble.

VDH’s final words will do for me as well.

In other words, the United States is trying to square a circle, remaining strong and deterring our dangerous elements, but to do so for U.S. interests—interests that increasingly seem to be fewer and fewer in the Middle East.

Or in simpler terms, what exactly is the Middle East in the middle of anymore?

Read it all at the link above.

Sunday Funnies; A Quick Start

Well, 2020 certainly started with a bang.

 

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And, of course

 

Trifecta!

Now that is a simple message, so simple even an Iranian terrorist could understand it. But not Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, he was a cloud of vapor, along with two other colleagues. It would appear that attacking American embassies might be something the US considers bad form. And since the President and a fair number of Americans are not Democrats, sometimes bad things happen to the perpetrators, especially if you threaten the life of or kill Americans.

It looked like a nice clean operation, no mistakes, I like that, I hate when innocents get killed, even accidentally, and you know, that is one of the big differences between us and them, we fight combatants and protect civilians, the fight civilians and protect combatants.

Of course, they’ll try to respond somehow, that’s why the cavalry of the 82d Airborne saddled up yesterday. I doubt they’ll be gone all that long.

The interesting response was the fairly large numbers of Tweets emanating from Iran itself, congratulating and thanking Trump. It’s a reminder of just how totalitarian Iran is, and just as Hong Kong, who people look to for the protection of their freedom

Rather looks to me as if we are taking out the trash after the News Years Party.

If you’re going to be the world’s sheriff do not go fetal.

The best thing about the whole thing is that they are now reacting to us, not us to them as we have for so long. That’s a loser’s bet every time.

And yes, I agree with Mark Levin about the Democrats:

The modern Democrat Party stands with Iran against America. There’s no getting around it. Of course, they’ll take great offense at this observation. But just listen to and read the comments of its leadership. Iran attacks our embassy, our commander-in-chief effectively responds in real time, and top Democrats trash our president. Indeed, much of the Democrat Party and Iranian propaganda sound all too similar. Same with the Democrat Party-press.

Do keep that in mind as we go to the polls.

As some of you know, I think there is a theme song for this:

Ah-ah, ah! Ah-ah, ah!

We come from the land of the ice and snow

From the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow

The hammer of the gods

W’ell drive our ships to new lands

To fight the horde, and sing and cry Valhalla, I am coming!

On we sweep with threshing oar Our only goal will be the western shore

Ah-ah, ah! Ah-ah, ah!

We come from the land of the ice and snow

From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow

How soft your fields so green Can whisper tales of gore

Of how we calmed the tides of war We are your overlords

On we sweep with threshing oar Our only goal will be the western shore

So now you’d better stop and rebuild all your ruins

For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh Ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh

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