Tag: War

Last Train

 

Seeing a mass of armed, uniformed men called into a movement by a single, laconic demand, one inevitably began to grow curious about the individuals that made it up. The outstanding property you discover, is the readiness with which he can change personalities. For example, follow a couple of soldiers off duty down the street, any street in Germany. You admire their bronzed, smiling faces and the way they walk loosely and gracefully as athletes. They’re completely human beings.

This is the story of an American student, working his way overseas in 1936 to visit Europe. The cheapest country for his cash is Germany, which just unveiled an interesting new government. Our student is curious and proceeds with the backing of a journalistic education and support of teachers and friends.

The excerpt is from The Last Train From Berlin by Howard K. Smith, copyright 1942. Let’s continue from the same book.

Since Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in early August, tensions in the region have remained high. Experts and commentators regularly speculate about a Chinese invasion of the island in the not-too-distant future, as well as about the likelihood of American involvement on Taiwan’s behalf.

We speak with Rick Fisher, senior fellow on Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. A recognized authority on the Chinese military and the Asian military balance, Fisher offers his thoughts on the current tensions over Taiwan, the potential cost of war for all sides, ways to prevent military conflict, and the need to support Taiwan’s democratic self-governance.

As the the nation pauses for Memorial Day, Jim and Greg also take time to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives for this nation and their families who have sacrificed so much. They also take some time to give you the background on how this podcast began and how each of them became conservatives

 

Ukraine War: Putin Needed Biden

 

We were told that Trump was Putin’s stooge. That his election was the result of “Russian Collusion.” Never mind the sanctions or lack of evidence, Trump was Putin’s preferred president, right?

Well, according to former national security official Fiona Hill, Putin waited until Trump left office before invading Ukraine. Hill, who previously testified against Trump in his impeachment hearing, said of Putin:

Quote of the Day: War

 

“No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.” – James Mattis

We are seeing an application of this in real-time as the war in Ukraine unwinds. Certainly, Russia has learned the enemy gets a vote. Their three-day war has turned into a month-long quagmire (literally in the north, with its Rasputitsa “mud season”). Now the Russians are declaring victory in Ukraine, claiming their goal was to liberate the Donbas and that has been achieved. Of course, the enemy, Ukraine, gets a vote. They have begun limited counteroffensives, and Russia may not find it easy to end the war by declaration as Russia hopes.

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Ukraine’s War Is Our War

 

In case your blood pressure just took a leap, I’m not saying that we should be standing alongside Ukrainians fighting against the Russians. I don’t think anyone in their right mind thinks that’s a good idea. But as I watch their war unfold and analyze what is happening, more and more their war is beginning to sound more and more like the “war” we are experiencing in our own country. If you get past the cultural and structural differences comparing the relationship of Ukraine and Russia, and our own Communists who are finally admitting who they are, with patriots who love this country and its founders, the similarities are eerie.

The United States has been fighting a civil war, but we’ve only recognized that truth in recent years. The seeds for war were being planted by the political Left at all levels of our country right under our noses: government, education, and the corporate world. But we either ignored the signs or didn’t bother to notice them. Worse, we may have seen them, but in our own arrogance, we assumed those doing the work of the Left were nutcases and were no threat to the country.

We made the same assumption about Russia and Ukraine. We chose to ignore Putin’s actions and words, believing Putin was just reminiscing, and assumed that Ukraine’s difficulties were not our difficulties.

From the Horse’s Mouth

 

Back in the summer, I had a patient come into our Urgent Care who made a special impression on me. We provide care for the Maersk container ships that come to Wilmington. The patient was a young woman of 19 or 20 named Iryna. From that and her last name, I was pretty sure she was Ukrainian. I went in and introduced myself and started speaking to her in my somewhat halting Ukrainian. She was so relieved to have a physician she could understand. She told me she had a sore throat that had been treated several times with antibiotics by the ship’s medical staff without success. On exam, it looked a little raw, and we checked her for strep and mononucleosis. Both were negative. I suggested one more course of antibiotics, and some prednisone this time. If not relieved I suggested she see an ENT physician.

It became plain to me that she was very hesitant to get back on the boat, which was about to head out for Bremen, Germany, and the crossing was going to take several weeks. I asked her if she wanted off the boat. We can do that, by stating the patients are not fit to sail, and can specify they need to be flown home. I was loath to do that because I knew the container lines hated that, and it could very well cost her the job. A very good paying job for a young Ukrainian woman. She persisted and I gave in.

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The world is once again, profoundly different than just a week ago as Russian forces moved into Ukraine.  Pictures of war in Europe on this scale, not seen since WWII, fill every news outlet.  It feels like the beginning of something that cannot be stopped. It even looks and sounds like an old movie from […]

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Started early this morning.  From Die Welt:  08:50 Uhr – Casualities in engagements in East Ukraine In continuing  heavy engagements in the East Ukraine, several people have been killed. On the side of the Ukrainian Army, at least 2 soldiers have been killed and another 18 in part severely injured, according to Ukrainian Army sources on […]

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“I reined hard during the night and there was a part of the night, between 2 and 6 A.M., that was the loneliest I’ve ever spent.  I do not know if you understand what it means to have troops out ahead of you and then have them withdrawn and be left with a town, a […]

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We didn’t really discuss politics at Christmas dinner this year. The conversation was actually funny and disturbing at the same time, even minus the politics.  I’ll save parts of it for later. I did have a somewhat political conversation with a dear friend and client, when we met to share lunch and gifts. She asked […]

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Brave New World – Part II (Emphasis on Brave)

 

Writing this on the eve of 9/11, like all of you, I feel like I am in a brave new world. We just came from a so-so Mexican restaurant..  My first choice was a fresh grouper basket with slaw, but the tourists are still here in droves, and we couldn’t inch our way into any place serving seafood. Our naturally pretty Hispanic waitress had multi-colored hair wrapped in braids – pink, blue, purple, and yellow. Her arms were heavily tattooed, going up her neck. The tattoos were not new, yet she looked too young to have aging tats.  My new neighbor across the street has the same rainbow hair. I looked it up – a) rebellious b) fashion statement c) relating to the LGBTQ agenda d) signaling a multi-gender identity. Ok.  We now have a brave new world where gender is being questioned on birth certificates, taught to kindergarteners who know nothing except innocence.  Disney has even released a new Cinderella that features a fairy godmother that is essentially a gay man in high heels and a dress. Brave – cough – new world.

I wasn’t eavesdropping on the booth behind us, but it was a pile of kids and I couldn’t help hearing their woes about being stalked on social media by a loose character they all had to block.  A world lived online – people behind a wall – lots of opinions – harassment. Anonymous. They were laughing about it, but the conversation was disturbing.  Brave new world. 

“And That’s The Way It Is” or Not……

 

I remember as a little kid, Walter Cronkite signing off his news with that sentiment, “And that’s the way it is.” My folks got their news from the evening editions on television, the morning newspaper, and radio. I was more interested in my friends, outdoor games, catching fireflies, and cookouts. Walter probably reported on maybe the Vietnam war, economic news, crime, and so forth. Life went on, we gathered together for dinner, and when the street lights came on, I knew I better get home to eat.

So we watched the “evening news” yet again tonight and it’s the same every single night.  Let’s explore the latest:

The Delta Variant, a spin-off of Covid, is the headline, with special emphasis on the states that seem to be “lagging behind” on vaccines. They cite Florida as an example. I check the COVID cases daily, as I have from last late spring, and they are at zero with no new deaths. The total deaths for our county is 89. There seems to be a spike in new cases about every seven days. We are a tourist area, so this is not surprising, especially around a holiday. What I don’t understand is, the states that showed the most cases initially, are still showing the greatest rise in this new variant – New York, California, etc. The push to vaccinate was heavy in the larger cities, so how did this happen?  The rise in Delta cases is also heavy in Israel – so several states and countries are having to impose indoor masks and travel restrictions once again. What’s going on?

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I can’t recall the American flag flying outside my childhood homes, but they did – every Fourth of July, at least. I suspect we may have flown them more often but have no recollection of it and I’m not sure why that is. My parents have always loved America, and my family has proudly served […]

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