Technicaly, Russian law officially prohibits its citizens from signing-on with any private company to be sent overseas as mercinaries. But the Russians don’t exactly make a secret that private security firms in the former-Soviet Union are answerable directly to the Moscow government.
As a people, the Encyclopædia Britannica says the Aramaeans essentially ceased to exist centuries ago. Yet best known in the West as the language spoken by Christ, the Aramaic language survives to this day in both isolated villages in the Middle East and in the liturgical language of Lebanon’s Maronite-Rite Catholics and Iraq’s Chaldean-Rite Catholics (there are well over 20 different Catholic “Rites” or Churches).
Back in 1983 I was a young Drill Instructor Sgt. Whiteman, freshly minted product of DI School at Parris Island, SC, I can say with all honesty that one of the highlights of my Marine Corps career was seeing a visiting group of survivors of the Battle of Belleau Wood.
The youngest of the group was no younger than 80. You see, it was somewhat common back then for boys as young as 15 and 16 to join the Corps.
And every single one of these true American heroes I saw that day trained at the same sweltering, godforsaken, sand flea-infested sandbar that I now called my duty station. It was truly a humbling experience.
I kept in mind that 9,000 of my fellow Marines (and their buddies) never returned or if they did survive the battle, came home shot to pieces. Some blinded, some missing one or more limbs, some suffered the loss of their very minds. When it was finally over, there were 7,000 wounded Marines, almost 2,000 dead.
Averaging out at 346 dead or wounded Marines every singe day during the course of the battle, it took almost the entire month of June (1-26 June, 1918) for a singular Marine Brigade to stop the final Imperial German army’s offensive of The Great War.
Sadly, most Americans have no idea what their Marine Corps achieved a century ago in the Bois de Belleau (“Belleau Forest” or “Belleau Wood”). Namely, that relatively small Marine Brigade changed the course of world history.
To commemorate this year’s 100th anniversary of the American victory, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, along with First Ladies Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, planted on White House grounds an oak sapling that first sprouted in the hallowed battlefield.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday that he is bringing a living tribute to “Devil Dog” Marines who fell in the World War I battle of Belleau Wood to the White House this week as a symbol of the two nations’ enduring ties.
The battle of Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood, about 60 miles north of Paris near the Marne River in the Champagne region, has entered Marine Corps lore. It’s best known among Marines as the place where they were first called “Devil Dogs” for their fierce defense in June 1918 that blunted the German spring offensive.
A dispatch from the German front lines to higher headquarters described the Americans blocking their way and mounting counter-offensives as fighting like “Teufel Hunden,” or “Hounds of Hell.”
Once they consolidated their positions, the Marines would attack six times through mustard gas and withering machine-gun fire before the Germans were driven from the wood. An estimated 2,000 Marines were killed.
An official German report later described the Marines as “vigorous, self-confident, and remarkable marksmen.”
Army Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front, marveled at the tenacity of the “Devil Dogs” of Belleau Wood in a quote that has also become part of the Marine legend.
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a United States Marine and his rifle,” Pershing said.
The oak sapling Macron will give to Trump was taken from a site near the so-called “Devil Dog Fountain,” where U.S. troops gathered after the battle of Belleau Wood. The fountain’s spout is in the shape of the head of a bull mastiff.
Prior to the battle itself, the German forces launched their final major offensive on the Western Front.
The Allied armies were all in full retreat, the road to Paris lay wide open. If the French capital fell, the war would have doubtlessly dragged on for years and uncounted thousands of more dead and wounded.
As a French unit in retreat urged the Marines to join them, Capt. Lloyd W. Williams of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, responded with the now-famous;
“Retreat? Hell, we just got here.”
As they say, the rest is history.
Just days after the battle, the French Army renamed re-named Bois de Belleau to be known forever on all French maps as the Bois de la Brigade de Marine (Forest of the Marine Brigade).
CNN, always focused on the most important stories of the day, had a meltdown when a white box truck blocked them from filming President Donald Trump on the golf course.
On Tuesday, a CNN reporter peeked through the bushes in order to videotape Trump golfing in Palm Beach, Florida. The shot was awkward — and arguably a bit creepy — but CNN bragged about the exclusive shot they got of the president.
Unsatisfied with just one day of footage, CNN went back to their spot on Wednesday, only to discover it had been blocked off by a white box truck. CNN repeatedly complained about the truck blocking their view on Twitter and on air, whining that they were on public property and suggesting they had a right to film the president on his own golf course.
The Secret Service and the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office both denied responsibility for the truck, causing CNN to launch into full-on conspiracy theory mode.
“Today this truck showed up out of nowhere and actually moved at one point when our journalists tried to get a different angle,” CNN’s Ryan Nobles cried. “It’s clear no one wanted us to get a picture of the president golfing.”
The Secret Service responded to CNN’s inquiries about the truck with an appropriate level of snark, stating, “The USSS is in the business of protection and investigations not in commissioning vehicles to block the media’s view of the president’s golf swing.”
The Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim that houses the Marine rotational force was the first stop on Gen. Robert Neller’s annual Christmas tour.
The stop was a new one for the tour. The first Norway rotation, from 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, deployed in January and was replaced by a new unit from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, in late August.
Neller emphasized to the Marines that they should remain ready to fight at all times, predicting a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said. ” … You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
Neller later told the Marines that he expects the Pacific and Russia to be the service’s operational points of focus as the nation looks beyond the fights in the Middle East that have stretched into the better part of two decades.
The United States’ position that Russia presents a major threat was re-emphasized in the new National Security Strategy released Monday. The document discusses Russia’s practice of “using information tools” to interfere with other nations’ democracies and militant aggression that crosses borders.
“With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region,” the strategy states.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green put the Marines’ role starkly.
“Just remember why you’re here,” he said. “They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.”
In an “emergency meeting” the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to condemn the American decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.
Never mind that it’s none of the UN’s business where the United States places any of its embassies
Never mind that the United States gives far more to the UN’s coffers than any other member nation
Never mind that not a single one of our NATO alleged “allies” voted with us
Never mind that Israel captured East Jerusalem after they were attacked by a Arab-Muslim nation
With the obvious exception of the United States voting against its own condemnation, the remaining eight nations voting against the resolution have a combined square mile area roughly the size of North and South Carolina combined.
But then again, most UN member states would face an uphill battle to qualify for an American area code.
One hundred and twenty eight countries voted in favor condemning the United States
Nine countries voted against
Thirty five abstained
Twenty one nations didn’t even bother to show up for the vote
Yet in a strange sort of way, the abstaining and absent nations very well may have been paying attention to Amb. Haley’s promise that the United States would remember who voted to condemn their sugar daddy.
128 countries voted in favor of the resolution rejecting President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 9 voted against, 35 abstained.
Nothing screams racism more than singing the praises of a brisk winter’s evening ride. Even if it’s just a one-horse powered ride.
Well, according to Boston University professor Kayna Hamill it does.
When not busy jacking-up the college debt of parents stupid enough to pay for their kid to major in Theatrical History, Hamill fancies herself as quite the academic. As stated on her personal website, she’s the “Assistant Director of Boston University’s Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in dramatic literature in BU’s School of Theatre.”
A professor at Boston University has proclaimed Christmas carol favorite “Jingle Bells” to be a “racist song” and is urging people to shun the jaunty tune.
Kyna Hamill, a theater history professor at Boston University, recently told the Boston Globe that the venerable Christmas song has a “secret” racist past that has been “systematically” hidden from Americans as they celebrate the Christmas season.
“The history of the song has remained hidden behind its local and season affection,” Hamill told the paper. She continued saying the song’s “blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history.”
Hamill claims the song, written 160 years ago by James Pierpont, was written to ridicule black people and was first performed in a blackface minstrel hall in Boston in 1857.
Hamill also points out that the song’s author later joined the Confederate army and wrote fight songs and patriotic airs for the nascent Confederate States of America during the Civil War.
With her research in hand, the professor is urging the town of Medford, Massachusetts to drop its annual celebration that Pierpont wrote “Jingle Bells” in their town and forever shun the “racist” song going forward.
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Once one of the most feared military machines in the history of warfare, the army of the German nation has figuratively dropped its weapons and retreated to their tents for nap time in a recent NATO combat exercise in Norway. As reported by Justin Huggler of Britain’s the Telegraph news service on Apr. 10, 2016, and also by Tom Batchelor of yet another British newspaper The Express on Apr.11, 2016, newly mandated overtime rules dictate that the Bundeswehr (Federal Army) can only actually be on duty a mere 41-hours per seven day period. Continue reading “German Federal Army quits NATO exercise, exceeded ‘overtime’ limits”→
Sadly, many of the non-European citizens of the world’s civilized nations are under the impression that the recent wave of Muslim rape, beatings and mass murder in the cradle of Western civilization are a somewhat recent phenomena. The cold, hard and objectively fair historical facts paint quite a different picture. Continue reading “Europe was warned, instead chose to ignore”→
As Merriam-Webster and every high school kid whose ever boned up for the SAT verbal knows, Sycophant is defined as a person who praises powerful people in order to get their approval or as a person best described as a servile self-seeking flatterer.
Possibly the words Works for Hillary should be added to this particular noun normally reserved for toadies, parasites and suck-ups.
Sabatina James escaped death at the hands of her Muslim family for daring to refuse a life filled with beatings, incest, brutality and misery.
She left her native Pakistan for Germany via Austria, changed her name, converted to Catholicism, all the while escaping becoming just another statistic that’s all too often glossed over by the Western media.
As reported by Donna Rachel Edmunds of Breitbart.com on Nov. 24, 2015, Sabatina James – not her real last name – is warning Europe of the Trojan Horse that is ISIS and al-Qaeda operatives swarming into the continent, all the while hiding in plain sight.