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Today is D Day

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  • Liberal
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    Today is D Day and nary a mention of it anywhere! How times change. I remember when today was a testament to so called "American exceptualism" .
  • Center Left
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    It's my son's birthday so I will always have "positive" memories about June 6.

    War remembrance is Erie. Appreciation of service is important and I respect those who contributed long long ago.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    CNN, June 6, 2015: Transcript of Obama's speech on 70th Anniversary of D-Day

    An extract:

    "Just last week, I received a letter from a French citizen. "Dear Mr. President and the American people," he wrote, "[we are] honored to welcome you...to thank you again for all the pain and efforts of [the] American people and others in our common struggle for freedom."

    "Today, we say the same to the people of France. Thank you, especially, for the generosity you've shown the Americans who've come here over the generations -- to these beaches, and to this sacred place of rest for 9,387 Americans. At the end of the war, when our ships set off for America filled with our fallen, tens of thousands of liberated Europeans turned out to say farewell. And they pledged to take care of the more than 60,000 Americans who would remain in cemeteries on this continent "as if," in the words of one man, "their tombs were our children's." You have kept your word, like the true friends you are. We are forever grateful.

    "Here, we don't just commemorate victory, as proud of that victory as we are; we don't just honor sacrifice, as grateful as the world is; we come to remember why America and our allies gave so much for the survival of liberty at its moment of maximum peril. And we come to tell the story of the men and women who did it, so that it remains seared into the memory of the future world."

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    President Obama did not forget....

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    I can't find any D day sales anywhere, what's the matter with these Americans? They have memorial day sales, veterans day sales, labor day sales, 4th. of July sales, Easter sales, Christmas sales, flag day sales, but there just isn't any D day sales. What happened?
  • Independent
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    Yes, the US has totally forgotten how Americans were in the past. Since WWII this country has gone downhill because of starting wars all over and still doing so. WWII should have been an lesson, as well Vietnam, Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. but nothing was learned. We would have been the richest country in the world without all these wars. Guess what, our deficit proves that our "war hobbies" gets us in the present situation in such way that also our present President wants plenty of money for the war machine, but refuses to spent an penny for the needs of common folks.

    I'm also convinced that just after WWII Americans cared for other people; that is long gone. The mentality is totally changed for the worst due to "greed" as well "capitalism".

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Kenosha, WI
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    Amerika must keep the war wheels greased, how else would defense contractors (aggressors) survive without building arms to kill other people with, including the NRA.
  • Independent
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    We are getting far enough away that high school students are likely not to know much details about D-day. For them, it just another event in history just like any other, and they don't perceive it be that significant to their life, just like we (those who are decades older) don't feel much of a connection to WWI, and can't provide many details about what occurred.

    For those who enjoy war history, books by Stephen Ambrose are a must read. Band of Brothers being one of his most popular.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I'm a boomer, and could care less about wars Amerika started or got involved in. I wish I were born and raised in a different area of the world, I'm not all that patriotic. I've learned over my 65 years that man is man's worst enemy, man is always trying to take something from another man, either for greed, land, or resources. People can ask themselves why Amerika was involved in so many wars and conflicts, but few really don't know or don't care about history these days. I do know history often times repeats itself. I'm not anti-American, I just think that getting a dialogue going with other countries should be a starting point of a negotiation rather than sacrificing people and money thrown away. War really is hell on earth.
  • Independent
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    To take nothing whatsoever away from those who fought on D-Day I think we should also remember those on the eastern front who survived a Stalingrad or a Leningrad.
  • Independent
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    lonely bird Wrote: To take nothing whatsoever away from those who fought on D-Day I think we should also remember those on the eastern front who survived a Stalingrad or a Leningrad.

    To be sure, Russian infantry had a very poor ratio in terms of enemy kills to Russian deaths. Plus, any Russian soldier who retreated was shot by their own army from behind. It really was forced suicide for so many of them.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dockadams Wrote: I'm a boomer, and could care less about wars Amerika started or got involved in. I wish I were born and raised in a different area of the world, I'm not all that patriotic. I've learned over my 65 years that man is man's worst enemy, man is always trying to take something from another man, either for greed, land, or resources. People can ask themselves why Amerika was involved in so many wars and conflicts, but few really don't know or don't care about history these days. I do know history often times repeats itself. I'm not anti-American, I just think that getting a dialogue going with other countries should be a starting point of a negotiation rather than sacrificing people and money thrown away. War really is hell on earth.

    I'm also a boomer, but a bit older at 70. Your point about "Amerika" being involved in so many wars and conflicts is a good one. I struggled with that question as I wrote a blog article two years ago on this website, Why We Go to War. I will cite two reasons as discussed in my article:

    Having amassed the largest arsenal of sophisticated high tech weaponry known to mankind, a highly trained military force, military surveillance satellites, hundreds of bases around the world, and a military budget that exceeds those of the next seven countries combined, American presidents and an “out to lunch” Congress now too often choose the military option over diplomacy or “just saying no” to war. It is just too easy.

    World Wars I and II were the last times Congress exercised its power to declare war. When President Obama approved the use of military force in Libya in 2011, it was the 132nd time that a President acted under the conditions of the 1973 War Powers Resolution (passed over the objections and veto of President Richard Nixon). Congress needs to take back that authority to make it more difficult for presidents to take us to war.