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In Memorial Day Tributes to Vietnam Vets, Obama Avoids Why They Fought: To Defeat Communism
Monday, May 28, 2012 | Kristinn

Posted on 05/28/2012 2:30:32 PM PDT by kristinn

Barack Obama paid tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War with a Memorial Day speech at the Vietnam War Memorial and in an op-ed published in military oriented publications. Missing in action from the president's words of praise for the veterans was why they fought for over ten years in Southeast Asia: to defeat communism.

A transcript of Obama's speech given at the Wall, as the memorial is commonly known, published at Fox News shows no mention of the words 'communism' or 'communist.' Nor is there mention that the veterans fought to keep South Vietnam, and by extension the whole of Southeast Asia, free from communist subjugation as part of America's global fight against communism. Likewise for Obama's op-ed posted by the White House and published Monday by Stars and Stripes, Military Times and Miltary.com.

Obama did not mention the gratitude of the South Vietnamese to America for fighting the good fight for as long as we did. He did not mention the million-plus human beings slaughtered by the communists in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam when Obama's Democrat party forced America to abandon the fight in Southeast Asia in 1975. Nor did he mention the eventual triumph of America over global communism within the following two decades.

In the op-ed, Obama notes that more than three million Americans served in the Vietnam war. In his speech at the Wall, Obama recited the precise numbers of those killed in action and those still missing in action: 58,282 and 1,666, respectively. Yet not one word of why such extraordinary efforts and sacrifices were made by so many.

Obama lavished praise on the veterans in his speech:

This is the story of our Vietnam servicemembers -- the story that needs to be told. This is what this 50th anniversary is all about. It's another opportunity to say to our Vietnam veterans what we should have been saying from the beginning: You did your job. You served with honor. You made us proud. You came home and you helped build the America that we love and that we cherish.

Yet for all that flowery praise, Obama refuses to name what that job was. How can you say you are proud of Vietnam veterans if you cannot bring yourself to say why they fought and died? Obama mentioned in his speech that the majority of those who served in Vietnam volunteered to fight. Why did they volunteer? Obama doesn't say.


TOPICS: FReeper Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: memorialday; obama; vanity; vietnam

1 posted on 05/28/2012 2:30:40 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
You served with honor. You made us proud.

Yes, the Vietnam Veteran did, yet the politicians didn't. Both then and now.

Welcome home troop!

2 posted on 05/28/2012 2:44:57 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: kristinn
at least he left his anti-war pals Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn at home... or wherever miserable aging antiwar violent scum go on “Memorial Day”
3 posted on 05/28/2012 2:46:12 PM PDT by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: kristinn

Lip service from a coward.


4 posted on 05/28/2012 2:46:19 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: kristinn

For more than 65 years we have been fighting to keep people like Obama out of the USA.


5 posted on 05/28/2012 2:46:59 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: kristinn

I just lost my Uncle, who was an artillery Captain in Vietnam. On his way home, in Seattle, a hippie piece of crap tried to spit on him. Key word: tried.

He hated communism all his life and was quite the successful capitalist; his way of continuing the fight. It sickens me to think some of those hippies are now in charge in DC.


6 posted on 05/28/2012 2:48:07 PM PDT by GoDuke
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To: kristinn

He also didn’t mention of how Democrats unflinchingly supported US troops in Vietnam. Perhaps he could have qouted Vietnam War veteran John Kerry’s glowing praise of American soldiers who fought in that war. He also didn’t say if he saw any of the veterans who paid the ultimate price in the audience.


7 posted on 05/28/2012 2:58:01 PM PDT by Freestate316
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To: kristinn

What happened fifty years ago that makes today the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War? I have heard this reference several times recently.


8 posted on 05/28/2012 3:08:47 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: occamrzr06

It is very sad to me that so many people gave their lives in fighting communism and the US just let one walk right into the White House in the name of white guilt.


9 posted on 05/28/2012 3:21:58 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Your comment just made “Post of the Day”

So true, so sad.

Years from now historians will look back and remember your words most likely.


10 posted on 05/28/2012 3:27:05 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: kristinn

So this is how Obozo honors those who served....I just had this passed on from a friend who was at the wall this morning:

I normally try to avoid political statements, but this one is a bit different. This was received by Colonel Wayne Morris just a few moments ago, who was refused access to the Vietnam War Memorial, where he has visited his fallen comrades for the last 15 years.

Today is Memorial Day and I went to the Vietnam Memorial and something happened there that upset me greatly and I want to pass it on.

For over 15 years I had been going with my dear Marine buddy, Larry Cullen. Since he passed away last year and was interned at Arlington Cemetery, I went this year accompanied by my grandson, Cameron. I had my list of Recon Marines, school classmates, and Larry’s fallen buddies to visit but, as we got close to the area of the National Mall where the Wall is located, we saw huge white tents. We also saw barricades all along Constitution Ave and for a couple blocks in each direction from the Wall. They even closed down all of Constitution Av from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the WW-II Memorial and there was a virtual army of uniformed and plain-clothes security everywhere.

The biggest tent was right at the west end of the Wall entrance and there was a covered walkway leading right up to The Wall. It was so close, you couldn’t get to the Wall on that side so, my grandson and I went all the way around to the eastern entrance to the Wall and walked down along the Wall to the first of my names and I began telling my grandson about my buddies and how each one died. In short order, a guy in a dark suit and earpiece in his ear told us we had to leave as it was 0730 and they were closing Memorial until at least 1400 so the President could drop by. I asked if he was serious and he assured me he was. We and all the other veterans and families were forced to leave and it was locked down.

The Vietnam Memorial is the most visited site on the entire National Mall. Memorial Day has more visitors to the Vietnam Memorial than almost any other day. Even at the rather early hour Cameron and I were there, there were a lot of veterans and family members down there. In the midst of all that, Obama decides to close it for over seven hours just so he can roll by for 30 minutes in the afternoon for a campaign appearance with Democrats, supporters, and campaign donors? This is an incredulously arrogant, egotistical, and inconsiderate thing to do. What in hell was Obama thinking?

Hey President Obama: Since you ran me (and all the other veterans and family members) out of the Memorial before we finished our business there, how about doing me a favor. If you can take a short break from all the grippin’, grinnin’, posin’ and pontificatin’, how about taking a minute or two to stop by and say hello to my fellow Recon Marines and other classmates on the Wall. I suspect you’ll be too busy with photo ops, campaigning, and stroking donors to be troubled with a couple minutes doing what the Memorial was built for but, just in case, here’s a list so you can have your man find them and point them out to you. Hope you have a Meaningful Memorial Day.

Joseph J. JONES; 53-W-02
Sherwood David Kreis, 42-W-40
Dale Kagebein, 34-W-50
Jerry Bock, 25-W-95
Larry Daniels, 09-E- 66
Joe Mack Kemp, 09-E-69
Rhonda L. Raglan, 09-E-70
Robert L. Studards, 09-E-71
Jose D. Flores, 09-E-74
Arthur Willie Greene, 14-E-56
Eric Barnes, 17-E-41
Godfried Blankenship, 17-E-48
Michael Ray Smith, 19-E-113
Ervin Lovell, 19-E-120
William D. Martin, 25-E- 87
Michael L. Laporte, 26-E-1
Ronald Frederick Kitzke, 32-E-76
Charles Harris, 34-E-48
Robert Tracy, 34-E-72
Michael G. Murdock, 36-E-57


11 posted on 05/28/2012 3:27:49 PM PDT by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: RummyChick

Amen!!


12 posted on 05/28/2012 3:30:45 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: kristinn
"F" that POS

with love clamper1797 Vietnam Vet 72-73

13 posted on 05/28/2012 3:47:12 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: kristinn
On October 24th 1972 ,an aircraft crash landed on USS Midway's deck. This aircraft ran into a group of parked aircraft and destroyed eight of them, killed 5 crewmen and injured 23 others.

Among those killed were my best friend AOAN Danny Cherry and my very good friend AME2 Karl Blankenship.

Please ... just a moment of silence for these true heros on Memorial Day

14 posted on 05/28/2012 4:02:59 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: Iron Munro
For more than 65 years we have been fighting to keep people like Obama out of the USA.

And in the end, global communism simply went around our military the same way the Nazis just went around the Maginot Line.
15 posted on 05/28/2012 4:17:57 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

The left like Obama have always turned their backs on the country’s vets - so they can get the photo opportunity:

https://twitter.com/whitehouse/status/207252818627792898/photo/1

Halo and all....lol.

Sumpin ain’t right about this photo, Willis!


16 posted on 05/28/2012 5:23:13 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: SpaceBar

The left like Obama have always turned their backs on the country’s vets - so they can get the photo opportunity:

https://twitter.com/whitehouse/status/207252818627792898/photo/1

Halo and all....lol.

Sumpin ain’t right about this photo, Willis!


17 posted on 05/28/2012 5:24:28 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Voter62vb

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/05/28/5-28-12-obama-vietnam-t1larg.jpg&imgrefurl=http://whitehouse.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/28/obama-welcomes-home-vietnam-veterans-on-wars-50th-anniversary/&usg=__P_z8xCVDik2PUMy4D-Pga1RkdYA=&h=360&w=640&sz=80&hl=en&start=67&zoom=1&tbnid=_2x66p12-Szg3M:&tbnh=77&tbnw=137&ei=IiHET_2vKcnc2gWt65Rf&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dobama%2Bat%2Bvietnam%2Bmemorial%26start%3D63%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1

I dont think Obama understands a “Memorial” to those who serve Americans.

With his back to the names of the fallen, no bowing here at all.


18 posted on 05/28/2012 6:12:15 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: SpaceBar
And in the end, global communism simply went around our military the same way the Nazis just went around the Maginot Line.

Well said - An EXCELLENT analogy!


19 posted on 05/28/2012 6:15:31 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom. D. D. Eisenhower)
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To: kristinn
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"It was at the Chicago home of [Bill] Ayers and [Bernardine] Dohrn that Obama, then an up-and-coming 'community organizer,' had his political coming out party in 1995. Not content with this rite of passage in Lefty World — where unrepentant terrorists are regarded as progressive luminaries, still working 'only to educate' — both Obamas tended to the relationship with the Ayers."
Article: The Company He Keeps:
Meet Obama’s circle: The same old America-hating Left
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YThjYTU1ZDBjNmQ2YzcwNzU1MmYwN2JiMWY0ZGI0NDA=&w=MA==
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From American Thinker, September 16, 2008
Article: Obama's Foul Weather Friends
By Scott Swett and Roger Canfield

"As a gesture of solidarity, the Vietnamese who [Bernardine] Dohrn met in Budapest presented her with a ring made from an American aircraft shot down over North Vietnam. Bill Ayers would receive a similar ring while meeting with Vietnamese communists in Toronto. He later recalled being so moved by the gesture that he 'left the room to cry.' "

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/09/obamas_foul_weather_friends.html
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"In July 1969, [Bernardine] Dohrn [Bill Ayers' co-terrorist wife and leader of the Weather Underground], Eleanor Raskin, Dianne Donghi, Peter Clapp, David Millstone and Diana Oughton, all representing 'Weatherman', as Dohrn's faction was now called, traveled to Cuba and met with representatives of the North Vietnamese and Cuban governments."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernardine_Dohrn

July 27, 1970: The United States Army base at The Presidio in San Francisco is bombed on the 11th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. [NYTimes, 7/27/70]
Chronology of Weather Underground attacks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatherman_(organization)#Chronology_of_events

Wikipedia's source for the Chronology of Events:
FBI files (on pdf)
http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/weather.htm
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Undercover agent Larry Grathwohl discusses the Weather Underground's post-revolution governing plans for the United States:

Larry Grathwohl:

"I asked, 'well what is going to happen to those people we can't reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?' and the reply was that they'd have to be eliminated. And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers. And when I say 'eliminate,' I mean 'kill.' Twenty-five million people. I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people. And they were dead serious."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWMIwziGrAQ
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From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
"FBI files from 1976, recently made public under the Freedom of Information Act, confirm the connections between Weatherman, Havana, and Moscow. Weatherman leaders like Mark Rudd traveled illegally to Havana in 1968 to engage in terrorist training. There, camps set up by Soviet KGB Colonel Vadim Kotchergine were educating Westerners both in Marxist philosophy and urban warfare."
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6808
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"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
--Bill Ayers (1970), quoted in New York Times, September 11, 2001:

Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02E1DE1438F932A2575AC0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1>
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"Dig It. First they killed those pigs [ie, rich people], then they ate dinner in the same room with them, they even shoved a fork into a victim’s stomach! Wild!"
-Weather Underground leader and wife of Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, referring to the Manson murders

Article: Allies in War -by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, September 17, 2001
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=63512670-BF7C-42A0-B41D-5D0FB9E09C09

20 posted on 05/29/2012 1:15:50 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: silverleaf
at least he left his anti-war pals Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn at home...

Why are you using the sugar coated terminology of the useful idiot Lib media? These Communist SOBs aren't "anti-war". They're not pacifists. They're just anti-US military. They've never met a bloody Leftist uprising they didn't fully support. They worship mass-murdering monsters like Mao and Stalin.

21 posted on 05/29/2012 1:28:26 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Thanks for posting.


22 posted on 05/29/2012 7:16:17 AM PDT by charlie72
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To: charlie72

You’re welcome. Just putting things in perspective: Obama, Ayers, Dohrn, Vietnam, Communism, etc, etc.


23 posted on 05/29/2012 7:40:59 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: kristinn

The only thing obama is good at is reading speeches that were written for him.
He has no emotional connection with our country or with us.
He is the vocal connection to a teleprompter.

Makes no matter what he says.

Never forget what party and media brought us this national nightmare.


24 posted on 05/29/2012 7:46:23 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: kristinn

Good notice. Fine work. :)


25 posted on 05/30/2012 7:55:13 PM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: Lazamataz

Bump....this needs more re-run that any Costner Rumania movie.


26 posted on 06/02/2012 5:41:02 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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