Thursday, March 23, 2006

December 8, 1941 - What was that exit plan!!!

Re(1): 'We Shall Fight on the Beaches', Winston Churchill
Re(2): 'A Day of Infamy', Franklin D. Roosevelt
Re(3): 'Fourth Inaugural Address, January 20, 1945', Franklin D. Roosevelt
Re(4): 'I Shall Return', General MacArthur

Who will be the last idiot whining about an 'exit plan' in the GWOT?

I know that the truly idiotic think a battle is a war, but...

Can't remember those "exit plans" in World War II

For Example:

The Darkest Hour:

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. (Winston Churchill, 'We Shall Fight on the Beaches')

The Finest Hour:

What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization. Upon it depends our own British life, and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire. The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour." (Winston Churchill - 'Their Finest Hour')
A Day of Infamy:

With confidence in our armed forces -- with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God. (FDR - 'A Day of Infamy')

When shoved hard:
"I shall return" (General MacArthur - 'I shall Return')
And, when we started looking past the war:
In the days and in the years that are to come we shall work for a just and honorable peace, a durable peace, as today we work and fight for total victory in war.

We can and we will achieve such a peace.

We shall strive for perfection. We shall not achieve it immediately--but we still shall strive.

We may make mistakes--but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle. (FDR - 'Fourth Inaugural Address, January 20, 1945)
And, my personal favorite - when things got wobbly after Germany was smashed and Japan was making back door efforts to sue for peace:

For out of this Total War, Must Come Total Victory... Admiral Earnest King

It seems as if the "exit plan" for World War II was complete and total victory...

Nothing Else...


Who will remember the quotes and speeches of Congressman Murtha, Howard Dean, John Kerry, Nanci Pelosi, and Howard Reid. Their speeches don't resonate... Their ideas don't motivate... They are footnotes in history as history is being made...

To the Murthas and the rest, on behalf of those who want to finish the task assigned, please move along - you are in the way.

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