09/12/20

Peace In The Middle East?

English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain came home from a meeting with Hitler in Munich in September 1938 with the triumphant notion that he brought with him “peace for our times” in the form of some nonsensical agreement with a treacherous tyrant, Adolf Hitler.

Very few men were able to realize that you cannot make peace with a wolf by feeding it. When it is hungry, it will come again to the world’s door and that is exactly what happened.

Lord Hugh Cecil, an English contemporary politician would describe it like “scratching a crocodile’s head in the hope of making it purr.”

Chamberlain had a piece of paper, a set of words — nothing of substance.

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08/15/20

Middle East Peace — One Step Closer

Comes now the recent rapprochement between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel. But, first, some background, shall we?

Our country has been indelibly marked by the status of peace in the Middle East in four important ways:

 1. We have supported Israel through a series of wars with the 1973 Yom Kippur War almost ending with a tragic outcome that was prevented by direct American military material support.

Had the US not sent replacement tanks to make up battlefield losses against the Syrians in the Golan Heights, the Syrians might have taken Tel Aviv. It was a very close thing.

Prime Minister Golda Meir made a phone call to President Nixon and in that same hour American tanks were loaded onto American aircraft, off loaded in Tel Aviv, and sent into battle with no time to even over paint the American stars. It was that close.

Israel continues to be the most powerful democracy in a region dominated by despots.

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09/11/19

America Under Attack — 11 September 2001

NEVER FORGET

On September 11, 2001 the War on Terror became real for America when we were attacked by nineteen terrorists who killed more than 3,000 innocent victims at the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania.

The tide of patriotism that rose in its wake was sufficient to quench the fires of terror and launch an effort that resulted in taking the fight to the enemy in the Middle East. There has not been a terror attack on American soil of such magnitude since 9-11.

This did not happen by accident.

In the original attack and in the subsequent wars, places like the Virginia Military Institute sent its graduates to fight. VMI lost fifteen men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the War on Terror. They were mothers’ and fathers’ sons, brothers, husbands, friends, and Brother Rats. They were and are VMI men.

VMI exists to produce such men and women, citizen-soldiers willing to go in harm’s way when our Nation calls.

This is what the price tag for freedom looks like when you go to a school like VMI, from whence the leaders come to fight America’s wars.

Today, I honor every person who has been impacted by this unprovoked, cowardly act. I honor these VMI men, our best. Look into their eyes and recognize the sacrifice they made for us, me, you.

Rest in peace, good and faithful warriors, VMI graduates. You answered America’s call; you did your duty; you defended freedom; you delivered on the sacred promise that is VMI.

A grateful Nation mourns your loss and honors your sacrifice. RVM

NEVER FORGET

 

12/25/14

Jesus, Is Just All Right With Me — You?

Big Red Car here. Merry Christmas! It is 50F here in the ATX with a high forecast of 65F, the Big Red Car’s idea of Christmas weather and you?

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, a well known carpenter from Nazareth. It is said He never had to measure twice to cut once as He got it right the first time. If you have ever had any dealings with carpenters, then you can truly appreciate the holiness of this talent. Continue reading

09/9/13

Maybe We Should Check With Susan Rice?

Big Red Car here.  Sometimes things are so silly you just have to pinch yourself to make sure that what you think you have heard is exactly what you heard.

Today, the White House schedule former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice — now the President’s National Security Adviser — to brief Congress on what is happening in Syria.  Huh?

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