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What Cruelty In Ourselves, Mr. President? ( Normandy )
humanevents.om ^ | 06/08/2009 | Joseph A. Rehyansky

Posted on 06/08/2009 6:05:08 AM PDT by kellynla

D-Day + 20. Years, that is. CBS ran a one-hour special hosted by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It would be his last trip to the Normandy beaches that his troops captured at such terrible cost. Only one memory lingers: Ike waved his hand over a big stretch of beach. “Here, you could hardly find sand to walk on for the American dead.”

D-Day + 40. President Ronald Reagan addressed veterans of the invasion at the place where it began. He spoke of the valor of the Rangers, boys mostly, who scaled the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. There were 225 of them at dawn. The next day 90 were fit to bear arms. He asked them: “Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? What inspired all the men of the armies that met here? We look at you and somehow we know the answer. It was faith and belief. It was loyalty and love.” His entire speech is still worth reading.

D-Day + 50. What I most clearly remember is a photo of our draft-dodging Philanderer-in-Chief walking along that beach, head down, looking thoughtful and contemplative as only the most brilliant and insightful of men can. One wag superimposed a thought bubble over his head: “I’m sure glad it wasn’t me over here getting my butt shot off.”

D-Day + 60. At Omaha Beach President George W. Bush quoted Gen. Omar Bradley: “Six hours after the landings, we held only 10 yards of beach.” He also quoted from the diary of a Dutch girl who would turn 15 only six days later. She greeted news of the invasion with these words: “It still seems too wonderful, like a fairy tale . . . . I may yet be able to go back to school in September or October.” She never made it back to school. Anne Frank died at Bergen Belsen on a date uncertain in early March 1945, barely two months before the Germans surrendered.

D-Day + 65. Their numbers are dwindling, but former Second Lieutenant Bob Dole was there. Our Apologist-in-Chief is concluding another triumphant tour, breast-beating and genuflecting all the way. He probably goes through kneepads faster than an NBA starter. But you’ve got to give the man credit. He never misses an opportunity to peddle his squishy pabulum, his deviant views of the world we live in, and his apparent desire to retire from office in 2017 to a rousing universal chorus of Kumbaya. “We live in a world of competing beliefs and claims about what is true. It’s a world of varied religions and cultures and forms of government . . . . The nations that joined together to defeat Hitler’s reich were not perfect. They made their share of mistakes, had not always agreed with one another on every issue. But whatever God we prayed to . . . we knew that the evil we faced had to be stopped.”

“[W]hatever God we prayed to . . . .” Now what do you suppose he could have meant by that? Whom do you think he was talking to in his uniquely reassuring and condescending tone? And while we’re at it, how did I -- philistine that I must be -- overlook for almost 63 years the indispensable contribution to the overthrow of tyranny by those of our brothers so deeply committed to freedom and equality, the Nations of Islam?

“[C]laims about what is true.” If he was only talking about determining the truths, if any there are, in organized religion I would agree with him. But do you have the same hunch I do? He’s talking moral equivalence here, the delusions fostered by John le Carre and his cohort: the KGB and the CIA are brothers under the skin. Strangling your daughter because she wants to divorce the husband you forced her to marry is alien to our own beliefs, to be sure, but it’s a cultural difference, you see. Slowly hacking off the head of a helpless hostage is not acceptable, but we’ve been guilty of our own provocations, right? Just take a look at those terrible photos from Abu Ghraib, where the minor delicts of three or four low-level borderline morons were used to justify claims that our entire effort in Iraq is morally corrupt. The truth, objective reality if you will, is something to be determined, not endlessly debated by those whose level of tolerance for “competing beliefs” borders on the suicidal.

Granted, D-Day observances are not an occasion for jingoistic nationalism as the effort involved several nations. It was truly an Allied effort. But it took more than blood, treasure, and guns to demolish Fortress Europa. An unshakable belief in the superiority of Western Civilization as defined by the best that the Judaeo-Christian tradition teaches us was essential. In the words of Winston Churchill, we had to recover our “moral health and martial vigour . . . . arise again and take our stand for freedom as in olden time.” It was a job for warriors sprung from freedom, not milquetoasts debating “what is true.” Obama’s speech was what one would expect from someone who is, in the words of a top advisor to Hillary Clinton, “not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”

Neither did our President cover himself with glory the day before, when he visited Buchenwald and said that it made him think of the “cruelty in ourselves.”

His obvious reference was to our country’s use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques, which he courageously disavowed yet again for the umptyninth time in Cairo. Never mind that the Brooklyn Bridge is probably still standing and 10,000 rush-hour commuters are still alive because we waterboarded the right guy.

War scrapes men raw in ways beyond the physical. What is left when the millstone grinds away all pretense is what we are. I have served among young Americans at war and never saw a Vietnamese mistreated. Once I saw one spoken to harshly by a captain who decided that this 60-something-year-old man was a Viet Cong suspect. The captain was an idiot. None of us much liked the Vietnamese. It wasn’t merely because their culture is as alien to ours as one that might have evolved in the Alpha Centauri system. We were stuck there because of them. Yet instead of “the cruelty in ourselves,” I saw GIs toss extra C-rations to the Vietnamese who lined the roads during our mounted convoys; spare change given to the children of our hooch maids; random acts of simple kindness every day.

Many of us have seen the photo on the dustcover of Michael Yon’s Moment of Truth in Iraq. It gives us a more contemporary glimpse of “the cruelty in ourselves.” A U.S. Army major, under fire, is hustling an Iraqi baby girl badly wounded by a terrorist RPG to his medic. Despite his bravery the child died.

No one’s ever accused me of Pollyannaism but if I had to choose between the world views espoused by our posturing President or those of the Dutch girl who died of typhus at 15 in the hell of a Nazi concentration camp, I would choose Anne Frank’s.

One of her diary entries reads: “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: dday; normandy; obama

1 posted on 06/08/2009 6:05:08 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

Interesting read. Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 06/08/2009 6:10:43 AM PDT by steelyourfaith ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money" - Lady Thatcher)
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To: kellynla

Just when I think Obama could not be a more worthless POS, he outdoes himself.


3 posted on 06/08/2009 6:12:24 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: kellynla

Leftists must deny the existance of absolute truth,

because THE (yes, THE ABSOLUTE) Truth totally dismantles every aspect of their ideological belief system.


4 posted on 06/08/2009 6:15:49 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: kellynla

What a smarmy and condescending twat he can be. Whatever god we prayed to....indeed....


5 posted on 06/08/2009 6:18:17 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: kellynla

I would like to see Obama resign and leave the Presidency because of the blatant corruption that is now festering in his administration. But I know he would never leave.

This can only end badly, I fear, for everyone.


6 posted on 06/08/2009 6:19:03 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: kellynla

And then he came home and with all the problems facing the nation... he played golf!

7 posted on 06/08/2009 6:22:06 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: kellynla

bttt


8 posted on 06/08/2009 6:23:13 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Out of gas become a pill box, Out of ammo become a bunker, Out of hope become a hero.)
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To: kellynla
...The nations that joined together to defeat Hitler’s reich were not perfect. They made their share of mistakes, had not always agreed with one another on every issue. But whatever God we prayed to . . . we knew that the evil we faced had to be stopped.

He is not American, he is not even Western. How long before he drops all pretense and starts wearing the thobe and gupta?

9 posted on 06/08/2009 6:24:46 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: kellynla

And I’m surprised he didn’t use this stage to remind us all of the many muslims who contributed on D-Day.


10 posted on 06/08/2009 6:25:58 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: kellynla
"D-Day + 50. What I most clearly remember is a photo of our draft-dodging Philanderer-in-Chief walking along that beach, head down, looking thoughtful and contemplative as only the most brilliant and insightful of men can."

Don't forget Bill "Cigar Abuse" Clinton accidentally finding a pile of small rocks on a beach without rocks and the camera catching him putting the rocks into the shape of a cross.

11 posted on 06/08/2009 6:29:14 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Are they insane, stupid or just evil?)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

At least one outrage a day...

When the dreaded ND speech happened it was far worse than I feared it would be. So too with his apology tour through the lands of the enemies of freedom.

At each stop, every speech, every initiative, every appointment to high office, every power grab, every new White House office of ____ (fill it in), he casts aside the Individual for the State, Liberty for Control, Life for convenience, and Justice for Power.

He is what our Founders warned us about and our Scripture prepared us to be prepared for.


12 posted on 06/08/2009 6:51:57 AM PDT by Never on my watch (At least with Doctors I can get a second opinion. With 'Professional Journalists' there is only one)
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To: kellynla

Bammy and his ilk were, and are, and will be.

For instance, in 1933, the Oxford Union resolved, by a vote of 275 to 153: Under no circumstances will we fight for King and Country.


13 posted on 06/08/2009 6:54:24 AM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy = Oprah = Clinton = most elected Democrats, successfully feigning compassion for money&power)
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To: Rummyfan

The reason for the rush back was basketball.


14 posted on 06/08/2009 7:04:46 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Catholic Canadian

Go to the link and read Reagans remarks. What a contrast!


15 posted on 06/08/2009 7:06:50 AM PDT by csmusaret (http://www.aipnews.com/)
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To: Ronald_Magnus
OBAMA AND HIS MINIONS
16 posted on 06/08/2009 7:07:06 AM PDT by odin2008 (Everything in the universe is subject to change.)
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To: csmusaret
Go to the link and read Reagans remarks. What a contrast!

Reagan's speech brings a tear to my eye......Obama's makes me puke in my mouth a little....

17 posted on 06/08/2009 7:14:03 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian ( I love Stephen Harper!)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

“Don’t forget Bill “Cigar Abuse” Clinton accidentally finding a pile of small rocks on a beach without rocks and the camera catching him putting the rocks into the shape of a cross”

I think it would be instructive to compare President Eisenhower’s walk on that hallowed beach to that of President Clinton. The first made my heart swell with pride, and empathy, while the other made me cringe. God bless men, and women, such as President Eisenhower, who accept such burdens so willingly and bear them so admirably, seems that they are much fewer these days.


18 posted on 06/08/2009 7:25:42 AM PDT by Peter Horry (Never were abilities so much below mediocrity so well rewarded - John Randolph)
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To: MrB
"THE (yes, THE ABSOLUTE) Truth totally dismantles every aspect of their ideological belief system."

You nailed it.

vaudine

19 posted on 06/08/2009 7:32:07 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: Rummyfan

Hitler wanted to kill Jews and enslave people.
Muslims were Hitler’s ally back then.
Muslims around today want to kill Jews and enslave people.

Yet Obama wants to honor and reconcile with these people.


20 posted on 06/08/2009 7:34:41 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: kellynla
BTTT!
21 posted on 06/08/2009 7:46:16 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell ( "Yes we can!" see through the transparent Obama, despite the media's lead shield of deceit..)
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To: Ronald_Magnus
Just when I think Obama could not be a more worthless POS, he outdoes himself.

And, to America's debit; he will continue to. No such thing as 'too low'; when it comes to a Leftist rationalizing their existence.

Mentioned/asked this on another post; if anyone caught Obama's incredible play on his own 'sacrifice' just twenty-four hours after Normandy experience - where the monumental meaning of sacrifice is truly brought home.

Obama's light play for pity and understanding was inserted into the dialog when he was seated with Sarkozy and asked by a reporter about his turning down the Sarkozy's invitation to dinner. . .and of course, he never answered the question; rather just framed it in the 'personal' - as he always does - and so implied that a President does not have choices as does a private citizen.

He responded to question by saying in effect; 'how nice it would be to walk along the Seine with Michelle; to eat in a small restaurant/bistro. . .to have dinner with friends; go to the Louvre - and done he implied in a luxury or privacy and 'choice'. He then offered thoughtfully, that those choices would have to be for 'another time'.

That this comment/response. . .much less the sentiment behind it; was even conceived; much less uttered; and most shockingly; post his day at Normandy where the meaning of 'sacrifice' is so painfully brought home; seemed astounding.

OTOH. . .considering that the man speaking is meglamanical narcissist; it is all too painfully believeable.

Given that Obama is traveling 'as President' on our dime. . .considering that Michelle arrived tin Paris in separate flight/plane/entourage - on our dime - (rather than travel with Obama and attend Normandy memorials); then it seems the least Obama could do; . . .is to give up an evening and 'dine with the Country's hosts'. . .

( Perhaps Michelle laid down the decision here; look at picture on Drudge; Michelle seated next to Carla; and you can well believe; this woman could not survive an evening with the Sarkozy's as hosts.)

22 posted on 06/08/2009 7:56:46 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: kellynla
[Many of us have seen the photo on the dustcover of Michael Yon’s Moment of Truth in Iraq. It gives us a more contemporary glimpse of “the cruelty in ourselves.” A U.S. Army major, under fire, is hustling an Iraqi baby girl badly wounded by a terrorist RPG to his medic. Despite his bravery the child died.]

I recall during the first weeks of the invasion the Los Angelos Times was caught red-handed altering a combat news photo. The original image showed a U.S. soldier kneeling on a sidewalk firing his weapon down the street. Huddled behind him where a mother and two children crouching. The Times flopped the image of the soldier so he appeared to be firing pointblank at the three civilians. Once exposed, The Times announced it was firing a news photo technician.

The U.S. establishment press—particularly the AP with its worldwide reach—is a strategic weapon of our enemies.

23 posted on 06/08/2009 10:40:00 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: BigBobber

“Hitler wanted to kill Jews and enslave people.
Muslims were Hitler’s ally back then.
Muslims around today want to kill Jews and enslave people.

Yet Obama wants to honor and reconcile with these people.”

Therefore:

Logically, 0bama honors Hitler, supports Hitler’s muslim allies and reconciles with killing Jews and enslaving people.


24 posted on 06/08/2009 11:21:06 AM PDT by combat_boots ("(We) must ...resist... those who would subjugate others to serve (my) interests." 0bama 6/5/2009)
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