Topic: Iraq War
When I look at Harry Reid for some reason I am reminded of Monty Python. I mean doesn't he look he belongs in a Monty Python skit?
And of course it is not too hard to figure out which skit he would fit in best,
not with his constant litany of "Run away, RUN AWAY!"
Even before the New Counterinsurgency protocol has even been fully implement he has already labeled it a failure and our military leaders on the ground as incompetent.
Someone refresh my memory? When exactly did our Harry graduate from the War College?
Can you just imagine how this Nation would have fared if we had had political leaders of this stripe during earlier times of crisis?
Harry Reid on the Normandy Invasion:
Omaha Beach was the bloodiest landing beach on D-Day. Elements of the 1st Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division faced the German 352nd Infantry Division, one of the best trained on the beaches. Allied intelligence failed to realize that the relatively low-quality 716th Infantry Division (static) had been replaced by the 352nd a few days before the invasion. Omaha was also the most heavily fortified beach, and the pre-landing aerial and naval bombardment of the bunkers proved to be ineffective. On the Eastern sector, 27 of the 32 Sherman DD tanks deployed never reached the beach. On the Western sector the Sherman DDs were landed directly on the beach, but suffered heavy losses due to German artillery defending the beach. The official record stated that "within 10 minutes of the ramps being lowered, [the leading] company had become inert, leaderless and almost incapable of action. Every officer and sergeant had been killed or wounded [...] It had become a struggle for survival and rescue". There were about 2,400 casualties on Omaha on D-day, most in the first few hours. Commanders considered abandoning the beachhead, but small units, often forming ad hoc groups, eventually took the beach and pressed inland.
"I was the first one out. The seventh man was the next one to get across the beach without being hit. All the ones in-between were hit. Two were killed; three were injured. That?s how lucky you had to be." Captain Richard Merrill, 2nd Ranger Battalion.
Nothing went to plan.
I can just hear Harry screaming about the incompetence of the Allied commanders and demanding we declare defeat and surrender to the Germans?
It's good thing he was not in political power then.
How about WW1?
The Battle of Cantigny
The first sustained American offensive of the war, although a minor action in itself, the Battle of Cantigny was fought on 28 May 1918, the second day of the great German offensive comprising the Third Battle of the Aisne.
A regiment of the American 1st Division (some 4,000 troops), under Major-General Robert Lee Bullard, captured the village of Cantigny, held by the German Eighteenth Army commanded by von Hutier and the site of a German advance observation point, strongly fortified.
Aiding the attack, the French provided both air cover in addition to 368 heavy guns and trench mortars, plus flamethrower teams. The advancing American infantry were preceded into the village by twelve French tanks following a two-hour advance artillery barrage.
In taking the village the Americans expanded their front by approximately a mile. A minor success, its significance was entirely overshadowed by the battle underway along the Aisne, some fifty miles to the north-west.
In the face of seven fierce counter-attacks that day and the next the U.S. forces held their position with the loss of 1,067 casualties; they captured around 100 German prisoners. The American success at Cantigny was followed by attacks at Chateau-Thierry and Belleau Wood in the first half of June.
Or the Civil War? As I recall the Democratic Party of that day wanted the Lincoln driven out of office, the War declared over and the South left to go its own way.
Had they had their way this country would have been split in two, there would have been no Emancipation Proclamation and Slavery would have continued on this continent.
Or how about the War of 1812? That was not what one would call a well run military campaign. I mean our Capital was burned? I can just imagine Harry demanding that Andrew Jackson stand down and not oppose the British invasion of New Orleans, because it would hender our Peace talks with the British.
Or might we consider the Revolutionary War? In May of 178o a little over 5 years from the first shots in Lexignton that marked the start of the War, Charleston South Carolina fell to the British and General Lincoln and his entire army surrendered/
Harry would have sued for mercy and we would have continued as Colonies.
The Nation is indeed fortunate that Runaway Reid was not around during these earlier times to influence National Policy.
Because for Harry, the Holy Grail is defeating the Republican, not our Nation's enemies
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