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  • West Point investigating prayer led by coaches after football game

    09/09/2016 6:05:49 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies ^ | Sep. 9, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    The U.S. Military Academy is launching an inquiry into a prayer led by coaches following Army’s opening-day victory over Temple last week. Video of the post-game invocation was pulled offline on Monday after West Point officials received a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Mikey Weinstein, who heads the MRFF, said he received complaints from six members of the football team, two of whom he said identified as Christians, as well as dozens of Army graduates and staff who took exception to the religious expression.
  • Memorial Day

    05/30/2016 1:19:42 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | May 30, 2016 | Patriot Post
    On 12 May 1962, Gen. Douglas MacArthur addressed the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, delivering his farewell speech, "Duty, Honor and Country." He described the legions of uniformed American Patriots as follows: "Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures -- not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the...
  • West Point cadet draws outrage after being caught using her cellphone during march

    05/24/2016 2:40:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 23, 2016 | Alfred Ng
    Text, text, text-right, text. Veterans are outraged that a West Point cadet decided to phone it in during a march on Saturday morning. The cadet, who was wrapping up a 47-month training experience and graduating, had her eyes glued to her phone instead of paying attention to marching.
  • West Point won’t punish cadets who posed with raised fists

    05/11/2016 9:15:24 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 129 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    The 16 black West Point cadets who caused a stir after posing for a photograph with raised fists won’t be disciplined over the image, the U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday. An internal investigation launched after the snapshot surfaced online has ended with authorities deciding not to discipline the cadets, but to offer them additional counseling ahead of their graduation on May 21, West Point’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., said in a letter to the academy’s student body this week. “While the inquiry did not find that these cadets violated a policy or regulation, it did determine that they...
  • White House proud of West Point cadets in black pride photo

    05/10/2016 11:13:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    The White House refused Tuesday to criticize black female West Point cadets who posed for a photo giving a black-pride gesture, saying only that President Obama is proud of the class of 2016. White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the photo “has generated some discussions about race relations in our country.” “But the real focus should be on the tremendous accomplishments of these cadets,” Mr. Earnest said. “I’m not going to try to divine the message that those cadets were attempting to send.”
  • West Point investigating photo of cadets with raised fists

    05/05/2016 11:09:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 5, 2016 | Andrew Blake
    The United States Military Academy at West Point said Wednesday that an investigation is underway regarding a photograph that shows 16 black cadets in uniform posing with their fists in the air. “We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016,” West Point’s director of public affairs, Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, told Army Times on Wednesday. “Academy officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter. John Burk, an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War before launching a popular fitness website, accused the 16 female cadets photographed in the...
  • West Point instructor found dead in Atlantic City

    02/29/2016 7:56:59 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 2-29-2016 | Michael Randall
    WEST POINT – A West Point instructor was found dead in Atlantic City Sunday afternoon. Atlantic City police are investigating, but there is no indication of foul play at this time, West Point’s public affairs office said in a news release Monday afternoon. Maj. Benjamin Recla, 34, was an instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and was an officer representative for the West Point Flying Team. He was a member of the West Point class of 2004 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch of the Army. “I wish to extend to his...
  • The Unusual Opinions of William Bradford ( The West Point Professor Wo Contemplated a Coup)

    12/09/2015 12:08:01 PM PST · by momatakethewheel · 15 replies
    The Altlantic ^ | August 31,2015 | Matt Ford
    The West Point Professor Who Contemplated a Coup After calling his intellectual opponents treasonous, and allegedly exaggerating his credentials, a controversial law professor resigns from the United States Military Academy. On Monday, West Point law professor William C. Bradford resigned after The Guardian reported that he had allegedly inflated his academic credentials. Bradford made headlines last week, when the editors of the National Security Law Journal denounced a controversial article by him in their own summer issue: As the incoming Editorial Board, we want to address concerns regarding Mr. Bradford’s contention that some scholars in legal academia could be considered...
  • Army Football Team Brings French Flag Onto Field At West Point

    11/14/2015 5:52:56 PM PST · by Kozy · 21 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/4/2015 | Ron Dicker
    The Army football team on Saturday made a winning play for solidarity with France following the attacks in Paris the night before. One player carried the French flag onto the field before the team's game against Tulane, according to USA Today's For The Win blog. Defensive back Caleb McNeill did the honors at West Point's Michie Stadium. The United States Military Academy tweeted that it "stands with the French people following the #ParisAttacks - liberté, égalité, fraternity. #DutyHonorCountry."
  • At West Point, Annual Pillow Fight Becomes Weaponized [turns into brawl]

    09/05/2015 4:32:32 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 52 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 4, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS
    For generations, freshmen cadets at the United States Military Academy have marked the end of a grueling summer of training with a huge nighttime pillow fight that is billed as a harmless way to blow off steam and build class spirit. But this year the fight on the West Point, N.Y., campus turned bloody as some cadets swung pillowcases packed with hard objects, thought to be helmets, that split lips, broke at least one bone, dislocated shoulders and knocked cadets unconscious. The brawl at the publicly funded academy, where many of the Army’s top leaders are trained, left 30 cadets...
  • West Point cadet found guilty of possessing child porn (homosexual pedophile)

    06/24/2015 8:35:10 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 51 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Stephen Rex Brown
    A West Point cadet was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a trove of violent child pornography in his dorm room at the storied military academy. Patrick Hester, 25, was taken into custody following the verdict in U.S. District Court in White Plains because the videos “depicted children being tortured,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “In collecting and sharing these appalling videos, he contributed to the victimization of the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.” More than 1,200 images and videos were seized from Hester’s dorm room in December 2013. Hester told fellow pervs in emails he preferred...
  • West Point Gives The Cold Shoulder To President Obama

    05/29/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 May 2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    President Barack Obama received a chilly reception for his warnings against the alleged dangers of climate change during his address at West Point Wednesday. The cadets exhibited little warmth in applauding their Commander in Chief, which should come as little shock when considering the actual dangers these American soldiers will face upon graduating. The Commander in Chief took the time to warn of the so-called dangers of global warming, urging the cadets to “make commitments to combat climate change.” Our troops, many of whom lay down their lives each and every day to protect the individual freedoms of every American,...
  • CNN Reporter: ‘Icy Reception’ for Obama from West Pointers During Speech

    05/28/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies ^ | 5/28/14 | Noah Rothman
    Obama’s “philosophical” speech to the 2014 graduates of West Point about a new direction for America’s foreign policy was “not a great” speech for that audience, said CNN anchor Jim Clancy on Wednesday. He said that the president did not sound like a “commander-in-chief speaking to his troops” and got an “icy reception” as a result...
  • Obama receives standing ovation from less than 25% of West Point cadets: report

    05/28/2014 2:36:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 138 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/28/14 | Douglas Ernst
    President Obama was welcomed by the Black Knight of the Hudson for his speech at West Point on Wednesday, but less than 25 percent of the cadets gave him a standing ovation upon his introduction, the Daily Mail reported. “Receiving tepid applause and a short standing ovation from less than one-quarter of the audience upon his introduction, Obama argued for a contradictory foreign policy that relies on NATO and the United Nations while insisting that ‘America must always lead on the world stage,’ the paper reported. During his speech, which the Wall Street Journal called “consistent with that of every...
  • CNN: West Point Gave Obama ‘Icy’ Reception

    05/28/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 77 replies
    CNN’s international correspondent Jim Clancy called the West Point response to President Obama’s meandering foreign policy address “pretty icy” Wednesday.Clancy said it was “not really a great speech to give at the U.S. Military Academy,” and the address has drawn bipartisan criticism.“It was a philosophical speech,” he said. “It was not a Commander-in-Chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”Obama said he believed strongly in American exceptionalism, but he continually used straw men in his address by implying that critics of his vision of foreign policy always advocated first and foremost for...
  • Two men married at West Point chapel for first time

    11/03/2013 7:58:18 AM PST · by Phinneous · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/2013 | AP
    WEST POINT — Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy’s first wedding between two men...
  • West Point hosts first wedding between 2 men

    11/02/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 77 replies
    WEST POINT, N.Y. Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. Larry Choate III, class of 2009, married Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, before about 20 guests. Choate, 27, taught Sunday school at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel and said he always thought of it as the place he would get married if he could. West Point hosted two same-sex weddings of women in late 2012, more than a year after New York legalized same-sex marriage. But Saturday's wedding was the first time two men wed at West Point.
  • West Point hosts first wedding between two men

    11/02/2013 6:11:41 AM PDT · by Abiotic · 121 replies
    News Daily ^ | November 1st, 2013 | AP
    <p>WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — A wedding at West Point of two graduates will be the first at the storied military academy between two men.</p> <p>Larry Choate III, class of 2009, will marry Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, on Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy's Cadet Chapel.</p>
  • Shutdown forces West Point to combine classes

    10/03/2013 2:05:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2013 4:54 PM EDT | Michael Hill
    Some classes at West Point are being combined or canceled and military faculty members are being forced to fill in for civilian instructors furloughed because of the government shutdown, academy officials said Thursday. The academy furloughed 1,422 civilian employees this week, including 132 faculty members. …
  • Princeton Review: List of the Top 20 party, sober schools in the US

    08/05/2013 1:12:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" book Monday, which includes the lists of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools. TOP 20 PARTY SCHOOLS
  • West Point - It Takes Us All (White males apparently not so much.)

    03/27/2013 1:58:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    I received this e-mail today from the Superintendent's Annual Fund. Unfortunately one cannot copy the page but it consists of the usual pitch to contribute to the Superintendent's Annual Fund to help maintain the 'margin of excellence'. By which, I suppose it provides private funds for items not covered by the federal government. What is interesting is that two of the four cadets closest to the camera in the massed shot of Cadets in BDU's are black and the one Cadet given full profile shot is a female. Apparently the USMA notion of 'all of us' consists of 'some of...
  • Woman Faces Federal Charges for Stealing Meatballs, Violating Army Values at West Point

    03/24/2013 11:07:52 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 30 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | March, 25th, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    If there was one thing I learned during my brief time in the United States Army, it is that you never - under any circumstances - attempt to eat food outside of chow. As not only is it considered an act of disobedience towards your superiors, but also an act of theft, and arguably worse, a violation of the Army Values. Such an action would have landed your entire company (God help the unfortunate bastards) in contempt by the drill sergeants, and as a result - your branding as a Gomer Pyle, Blue Falcon or perhaps even the rightly received...
  • Months before graduation, West Point cadet quits, citing culture of overt religion

    12/06/2012 11:58:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 74 replies ^ | 12/6/2012
    A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week, telling The Associated Press that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional prevalence of religion in the military. "I've been trying since I found that out: What can I do? What can I possibly do to initiate the change that...
  • Cadet quits, cites overt religion at West Point

    12/06/2012 8:21:03 AM PST · by crosshairs · 88 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/5/12 | Michael Hill
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A cadet quitting West Point less than six months before graduation says he could no longer be part of a culture that promotes prayers and religious activities and disrespects nonreligious cadets. Blake Page announced his decision to quit the U.S. Military Academy this week in a much-discussed online post that echoed the sentiments of soldiers and airmen at other military installations. The 24-year-old told The Associated Press that a determination this semester that he could not become an officer because of clinical depression played a role in his public protest against what he calls the unconstitutional...
  • First same-sex marriage being celebrated Saturday at West Point’s Cadet Chapel

    12/01/2012 10:51:03 AM PST · by NYer · 131 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 1, 2012
    <p>The first same-sex marriage at West Point’s Cadet Chapel will be celebrated Saturday – when a military veteran and her partner exchange vows roughly one year after President Obama ended the military policy banning openly gay people from serving in the military.</p>
  • At West Point, 'Goats' Are an Exclusive Bunch

    11/27/2012 7:47:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | 11-27-12 | Ben Fox Rubin
    When cadet Roberto Becerra Jr. walked onstage to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007, the entire ceremony ground to a halt as he, before a crowd of thousands, transformed into a goat. For this achievement, Mr. Becerra received a rousing ovation and was handed an envelope stuffed with cash. In a 210-year-old military academy bristling with traditions, "the goat" is a curious custom that one might not expect to find at a school better known for its selectivity and high standards. Yet every year, the last-ranking cadet to make it through to graduation is...
  • No sex? Permission to speak freely, Sir. (West Point memoir by Laura Cannon)

    11/26/2012 6:11:33 PM PST · by dynachrome · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-23-12 | Laura Cannon
    What would I do if I were in charge? I’d abolish General Order No. 1. Keep the rules that protect soldiers from sexual harassment. But allow deployed officers and troops to have sex while at war. West Point should come to its senses as well. West Pointers and other military service members endure tremendous sacrifices. We appreciate the adoration and respect we receive. In that same spirit, I ask the public to accept and forgive our weaknesses. It’s okay to be disappointed, but please don’t be misled. Beneath the heavy combat gear and impressive uniform, we’re human, just like you....
  • Identifying Three Trends in Far Right Violence in the United States

    09/27/2012 4:23:04 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 117 replies
    USMA Combating Terrorism Center ^ | September 26, 2012 | Arie Perliger
    n the morning hours of August 5, 2012, the Sikh temple at Oak Creek, Wisconsin, was crowded with children and mothers engaged in preparations for the Langar, a traditional Sikh communal meal scheduled to be held later that day. At around 10:00 AM, Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old from nearby Cudahy, Wisconsin, arrived in the temple parking lot and started firing at the temple’s inhabitants using a pistol purchased several days earlier. He then entered the temple and continued his killing spree until he was gunned down by police forces that arrived to the site. At that point, he had...
  • West Point cadet from W. Va. dies during training

    07/24/2011 4:50:45 PM PDT · by chargers fan · 52 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune Reivew ^ | July 23, 2011 | Associated Press
    WEST POINT, N.Y. — U.S. Military Academy officials were investigating Friday how an apparently healthy, athletic 18-year-old West Point cadet died during a land navigation exercise. Cadet Jacob D. Bower of Fairmont, W.Va., was found unresponsive Thursday by fellow cadets in a largely wooded area used for training. Attempts to revive Bower were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 6:05 p.m. The incident and cause of death are under investigation. Temperatures in the Hudson Valley were in the 90s Thursday, but West Point's Lt. Col. Sherri Reed said it was not clear if high temperatures were a factor.
  • Rummyfan Jr Graduates West Point

    05/25/2011 6:12:06 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 61 replies
    None ^ | 25 May 2011 | Rummyfan
    This past Saturday 21 May, 2011, Rummyfan Jr graduated West Point and took the Oath of Office, being sworn in as a brand new second lieutenant. Congratulations to him and all the members if the USMA Class of 2011!
  • AP Exclusive: Iran hostage reunion at West Point

    01/13/2011 9:29:17 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    WEST POINT, N.Y. — Former Iranian hostage Barry Rosen touched down on an American tarmac 30 years ago and spilled into the arms of a wife and two young children lost to him during 444 days of captivity. Then came the exhilarating bus ride to West Point along a route lined with yellow ribbons and thousands of cheering people, waving and chanting, "USA! USA!"
  • Lesbian cadet who quit seeks return to West Point

    11/26/2010 1:24:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies · 3+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 26, 2010 | JOHN SEEWER
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) -- Katherine Miller got pretty good at hiding her sexuality in high school, brushing off questions about her weekend plans and referring to her girlfriend, Kristin, as "Kris." She figured she could pull it off at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, too.
  • Face of Defense: Five Generations Graduate From West Point

    06/29/2010 9:50:54 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Face of Defense ^ | Randy Mitchell
    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, June 29, 2010 – Service before self is expected in the military, but one family has taken that concept to new heights. Army Col. Mark Armstrong Sr., right, administers the military oath of office to his son, Army 2nd Lt. Mark Armstrong Jr., at as the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., May 22, 2010. Lieutenant Armstrong became the fifth generation of his family to graduate from the academy. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army 2nd Lt. Mark Armstrong Jr. graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., marking the...
  • Live Thread: Obama Commencement Speech at West Point 10:15 A.M. EDT 5/22/10

    05/22/2010 7:06:24 AM PDT · by kristinn · 139 replies · 3,742+ views
    Saturday, May 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama will be speaking at the graduation of West Point's Class of 2010. The speech will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and the other cable networks.God bless the brave newly minted second lieutenants who volunteered to serve knowing they would be heading off to war.
  • Tepid Applause From Cadets: Obama Cuts 'That's a lot of cheering' Line From Prepared Remarks

    05/23/2010 11:45:34 AM PDT · by kristinn · 91 replies · 4,638+ views
    Sunday, May 23, 2010 | Kristinn via Drudge
    The Drudge Report has a teaser headline about the very reserved response Barack Obama got from the 2010 graduating class at West Point yesterday:Tepid applause from cadets: Cuts 'That's a lot of cheering' line from prepared remarks...Here is the prepared version followed by the transcript of the passage noted by Drudge:To the United States Corps of Cadets, and most of all, the Class of 2010 – it is an honor to serve as your Commander-in-Chief. Under our constitutional system, my power as President is wisely limited. But there are some areas where my power is absolute. And so, as your...
  • PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT? (The IMPORTANT West Point Commencement Speech)

    05/22/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 34 replies · 843+ views
    Gifts of Speech ^ | March 6, 1974 | Ayn Rand
    Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York - March 6, 1974 Since I am a fiction writer, let us start with a short short story. Suppose that you are an astronaut whose spaceship gets out of control and crashes on an unknown planet. When you regain consciousness and find that you are not hurt badly, the first three questions in or mind would be: Where am I? How can I discover it? What should I do? You see unfamiliar vegetation outside, and there is air to breathe; the sunlight seems paler...
  • At West Point, Obama talks of a new 'international order'

    05/22/2010 8:26:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 148 replies · 3,886+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2010 | By Michael Shear
    WEST POINT -- President Obama on Saturday pledged to shape a new "international order" as part of a national security strategy that emphasizes the president's belief in global institutions and America's role in promoting Democratic values around the world. "The international order we seek is one that can resolve the challenges of our times,'" he said in prepared remarks. "Countering violent extremism and insurgency; stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and securing nuclear materials; combating a changing climate and sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; preventing conflict and healing its wounds."
  • The (Military) Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity

    05/21/2010 3:18:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,176+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Bruce Fleming
    ... [T]he Naval Academy, where I have been a professor for 23 years, has lost its way. The same is true of the other service academies. They are a net loss to the taxpayers who finance them, as well as a huge disappointment to their students, who come expecting reality to match reputation. They need to be fixed or abolished. The service academies are holdovers from the 19th century, when they were virtually the only avenue for producing an officer corps for the nation’s military and when such top-down institutions were taken for granted. But the world has changed, which...
  • Trace Adkins and West Point Glee Club

    02/28/2010 6:16:22 PM PST · by SZonian · 5 replies · 551+ views
    You Tube ^ | Unk | Unknown
    Pretty cool tribute. This happened at the "Country Music Awards".
  • Army Navy Game Thread

    12/11/2009 8:46:03 AM PST · by chargers fan · 76 replies · 2,398+ views
    Just thought with the game tomorrow and the Cadets/Midshipmen making their way to Phili today I'd create a thread for old grads from each side to root for their team.
  • Who Is The Enemy?

    12/05/2009 5:52:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies · 850+ views
    Right Wing News. Com ^ | December 4, 2009 | Kathleen McKinley
    I suppose you have heard by now that on the night of Pres. Obama's Afghanistan speech given at West Point, Chris Matthews of MSNBC said on air that he found it interesting that Obama had made the decision to speak at "the enemy camp." It was a despicable thing to say, but coming from "a tingle up my leg" type journalist, it's no surprise. It was as much of an insult to Obama as it was to West Point. Why would a fellow liberal want to endorse the stereotype that people on the left see the military as "the enemy."...
  • EDITORIAL: The enemy at West Point

    12/04/2009 5:25:30 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 42 replies · 1,562+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-04-09 | The Washington Times Editorial Staff
    Insults against West Point by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews are part of a pattern of left-wing denigrations against Americans serving in uniform. It's a motif indicative of an anti-military mind-set that is as dangerous as it is rude. Discussing the West Point audience's response to President Obama's speech about Afghanistan, Mr. Matthews quipped on Tuesday: "I saw a lot of, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting: He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his...
  • A Call To Arms So Ambivalent And Dispiriting

    12/03/2009 6:05:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,026+ views ^ | December 3, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER
    We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills — for 18 months. Then we start packing for home. We shall never surrender — unless the war gets too expensive, in which case, we shall quote Eisenhower on "the need to maintain balance in and among national programs" and then insist that "we can't simply afford to ignore the price of these wars." The quotes are from President Obama's West Point speech announcing the Afghanistan troop surge. What a strange speech it was —...
  • Conservatives Hail West Point cadet Who Read 'Kill Bin Laden'

    12/03/2009 4:52:51 PM PST · by Steelfish · 31 replies · 2,145+ views
    London Times ^ | Decemer 03, 2009
    December 3, 2009 Conservatives Hail West Point cadet Who Read 'Kill Bin Laden' [Pic in URL] (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) The cadet's decorations show that he has seen active service in Iraq, but his name remains a mystery Giles Whittell and Matt Spence, Washington Waiting for his Commander-in-Chief to speak, a West Point military academy cadet had some blunt strategic advice this week: “Kill Bin Laden”. The title of his book captures in three words the one easily-defined goal that has eluded US forces in eight years of conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was indentified this evening as Konrad Bunde, a...
  • EDITORIAL: The enemy at West Point--Liberals continue their assault on our armed forces

    12/03/2009 5:48:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 1,904+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2009 | Editorial
    Insults against West Point by MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews are part of a pattern of left-wing denigrations against Americans serving in uniform. It's a motif indicative of an anti-military mind-set that is as dangerous as it is rude. Discussing the West Point audience's response to President Obama's speech about Afghanistan, Mr. Matthews quipped on Tuesday: "I saw a lot of, if not resentment, skepticism. I didn't see a lot of warmth in that crowd out there that the president chose to address tonight. And I thought that was interesting: He went to maybe the enemy camp tonight to make his...
  • Matthews on West Point : Obama went to the “enemy camp” tonight, didn’t he?

    12/01/2009 7:55:20 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 1,294+ views
    Hot Air ^ | DECEMBER 1, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    All he meant, I take it, is that the current commander-in-chief might not be Mr. Popularity among the presumably hawkish, right-leaning majority of cadets. But when your mouth is bigger than your brain, this is what happens. Twitter’s already buzzing about it so have at it. Exit question: How soon before the public apology? Middle segment on tomorrow night’s “Hardball”? Opening segment? Or does he take to the airwaves tomorrow morning and do the deed on “Morning Joe”?
  • VIDEO: MSNBC's Matthews: Obama Went Into "Enemy Camp" To Deliver Afghan Speech

    12/01/2009 6:11:35 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 37 replies · 1,613+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 1, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    MSNBC's Chris Matthews says President Obama went into "enemy camp" when he delivered his Afghanistan speech at West Point.
  • Live Thread: Barack Obama Afghan Speech 8 p.m. EST - "Hello I Must Be Going"

    12/01/2009 3:54:38 PM PST · by kristinn · 862 replies · 34,084+ views
    Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Kristinn
    Live from New's Barack Obama!On the banks of the Hudson River at West Point, Obama will give his military strategy for Afghanistan, based on the tactical genius of Capt. Spaulding, aka Groucho Marx:Hello, I Must Be GoingOh dear, he is coming, At last he's here. (Spaulding) Hello, I must be going, I cannot stay, I came to say, I must be going. I'm glad I came, but just the same I must be going. La La. (Mrs. Rittenhouse) For my sake you must stay. If you should go away, You'd spoil this party I am throwing. (Spaulding) I'll stay...
  • Will Obama Seize His Big Mac Moment?

    11/29/2009 5:00:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies · 2,427+ views ^ | November 29, 2009 | David R. Stokes
    This Tuesday, Barack Obama will travel to the United States Military Academy at West Point to deliver the most important address of his young presidency. He has obviously chosen the site for the speech with great care and in the hope that the backdrop – a storied scene on the Hudson – will engender an image of him as a strong and effective commander in chief. It is probably a smart move, but one not without a measure of risk. The President of the United States will be treated with respect and be received enthusiastically – all very appropriate and...
  • Live From West Point...It's President Obama

    11/27/2009 6:23:45 AM PST · by halthouse1 · 24 replies · 923+ views
    The Political Commentator ^ | November 27, 2009 | Michael Haltman
    As If Making The Afghanistan Announcement From West Point Fools Anyone It has been close to 90 days since the demands made by General McCrystal were aired, and the leisurely process seems to be finally winding down despite itself. The healthcare plan has passed the initial hurdle to get to the Senate floor, so the field is clear to make an announcement on troop strength and strategy. Now if this was a war the way that WWII was a war and President Obama was a general, we would have been in big trouble. If every decision that is "critical" takes...