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    I know he was addressing the Army at West Point but today I was reminded of a few of his words as I thought about today’s election that somewhat apply. Go exercise your right to vote today and remember these words as you cast you ballot:



    "The long gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country."

    This is the greatest country on the face of the earth.

    Happy election day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Johndrow View Post
    I know he was addressing the Army at West Point but today I was reminded of a few of his words as I thought about today’s election that somewhat apply. Go exercise your right to vote today and remember these words as you cast you ballot:



    "The long gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words: Duty, Honor, Country."

    This is the greatest country on the face of the earth.

    Happy election day!
    It doesn't look good for the country. But, who cares to look at the fine print anymore or see that gray line that so many have fought and paid the ultimate price to gaurantee our way of life. It's rather disheartening.
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    Wonder when CNN will call it for Obama? Noon?

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    Anyone else read American Caesar? The General would have made a great President.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gutermuth View Post
    Anyone else read American Caesar? The General would have made a great President.
    I have read American Caesar and more.

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    I live in a republican county of a very republican state (Kansas) and had to wait 90 minutes in line to vote this morning after arriving at 5:50 am, 10 minutes before the polls opened.

    Republicans are turning out in huge numbers here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Shih View Post
    I have read American Caesar and more.

    Military genius, ego maniac, and in my opinion, poorly suited for the Oval Office
    On this we heartily agree! Though I thought Truman wrong for stopping him from going further in Korea - Truman was still Commander in Chief & Mac A had an issue with accepting that.
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    I kinda like the ideas that Patton and Mac had. If Geroge had rearmed those 10 SS divisions and sent them into the USSR, and Mac had crossed the Yalu, there would never have been a Cold War, and communism would not have dominated much of Europe and Asia for half a century.
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    As evidenced by his conduct in the Pacific Theatre in WWII and his conduct during the Korean "police action", Douglas did not play well with others

    He did, of course, have a flair for the theatrical (witness Leyte)
    And he did know how to turn a phrase (Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away)
    And he was a military genius (Island Hopping in the Pacific and Inchon landings)

    But, in my opinion, not presidential matter
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gutermuth View Post
    I kinda like the ideas that Patton and Mac had. If Geroge had rearmed those 10 SS divisions and sent them into the USSR, and Mac had crossed the Yalu, there would never have been a Cold War, and communism would not have dominated much of Europe and Asia for half a century.
    Not sure that German armies and Allied armies together would have sufficed to rebuff the Soviet Armies

    And absent nuclear warheads, not sure that crossing the Yalu would have been successful either

    Appealing ideas, but not militarily practical
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