Nixon's belated Vietnamization was a failure and resulted in that nation's inevitable fall to the Communists and glorious and ultimately fruitful national reunification.semperfiguy wrote: ↑November 26, 2020, 5:25 pmHardly a good application of the Meme Tamada, but I see where you're coming from. In terms of calculation for war, if all other diplomatic attempts fail, then you'd better believe that my Marines will be "first to fight", and we will release a firestorm that will put the fear of God in our enemy. That is of course, if the politicians will allow us to do our job. The former Commandant of the Marine Corps and our hero, Chesty Puller, once said about the Vietnam war...I could put my Marines on the DMZ and march them south, and we could win this war in 30 days (or something like that). As it turned out we left the war with our tail between our legs, all because of scumbag wimpy politicians like Joe Biden who doesn't have a backbone. If and when he becomes our Commander in Chief, I don't know one military man that has any respect for him and would be proud to fight for him. I understand that he is already talking about disbanding my beloved Corps. He would love to cut back our forces so that his beloved China could come in and take over. It's only a matter of time under a Democrat, Socialist, Marxist, Communist administration.
George W. Bush's Iraq and Afghan adventures have been a similarly resounding success in totally unsustainable divide and conquer manipulation of elections masquerading as diplomacy.
Donald Trump's capitulation to Moscow and the retraction and downsizing in Syria in particular and the middle east in general.
That's three Republican presidents that I recall as having a really good handle on foreign misadventures.
I hadn't read about Bidens' plans to cull the Marines. I did a quick Google search and could only find how defense budgets may need to be reviewed.
“Democratic candidate Joe Biden told Stars and Stripes he isn’t planning for major defense spending cuts and some areas may need to increase,” analyst Roman Schweizer, of Cowen Washington Research Group said in a letter to investors Friday. “We don’t see this as an ironclad campaign pledge, but we do see it as a sign that defense may be far less worse-off than many expect.”
https://www.defensenews.com/congress/20 ... me-anyway/
However, my internet meandering did bring up the 'fact' that apparently Obama did plan to dispense with the Marines some time during his second term.
"On a flight home I sat in between two individuals, a Marine and boxing promoter. The boxing guy was an older gentleman, and told interesting stories, such as meeting Don individual. Both men were very pleasant and that helped make time pass on the flight. We were all combat veterans and all Southerners, so we had a lot in common. Then the discussion, inevitably, turned to politics.
The older guy turned to the Marine and said "You know Obama is getting rid of the Marine Corps, right?"
The Marine was puzzled. He hadn't heard this news. Neither had I. "Yeah, Eric Holder just had a meeting with the Joint Chiefs. Obama is going to disband them by Executive Order. ...
We all parted ways and thanked each other for the talk. I told the Marine I'd see him on my flight back since there soon wouldn't be a base for him to go to. ...
Sure enough, I got back home and did some checking on the interwebs. Although I couldn't find anything about Obama disbanding the Corps, I did find a story that Obama was going to disband the National Guard and Reserves by fall of this year, a post that Hillary Clinton is, in fact, going to dismantle the Marine Corps, and various other hysteria/delusions in the mind of a brainwashed conservative.
I thought about the flight and wondered, how can such a seemingly intelligent, normal man suddenly suspend logic and spout such nonsense?"
I'll let you read the whole, interesting, deplorable lefty thread. Get a mirror maybe? You sound so very much like the "puzzled" marine mentioned in the story.
https://portside.org/2015-01-16/obama-d ... rine-corps
My understanding is that members of the US armed forces swear allegiance to and the defence of the US Constitution. There's absolutely no mention about having to take one for whoever happens to be Country Manager at the time. Maybe the USMC's oath of allegiance differs but I doubt it.