General Vo Nguyen Giap of North Viet Nam
He was the greatest military figure of the Twentieth Century. In turn, he defeated the Armed Forces of France at Dien Bien Phu in 1953, and of the United States in 1975. Oh, and along the way, he defeated the Chinese Red Army in 1979, when they decided to invade Viet Nam in response to the latter’s occupation of Cambodia in 1978. And he cheated death for 102 years, dying today in Hanoi.
France, the United States, and China—in succession!
I could only wish the United States had produced a military leader as accomplished as Giap; but whenever they tried to, they ran into the hide-bound Pentagon and Washington bureaucracy. People like Billy Mitchell, George S. Patton, and Douglas MacArthur had the potential; but they did not have the political backup.
So, General Giap, I toast you as an honorable enemy!
Who Needs ’em?
I am now going to sound like a Republican: If the U.S. House of Representatives refuses to do its job, give them pink slips and hire scabs. Of course, they would lose their Congressional health benefits and have to rely on Obamacare. It’s rather unlikely anyone else would be so stupid as to give them a job, so they would also have to go on public assistance. The one on the right in the above photo would make a great welfare queen.
In the past, I tried to stop writing about politics, but I find it’s impossible to remain silent when I see my country being attacked by the very people who are supposed to protect it. Didn’t they swear an oath? And now, they are threatening to destroy the U.S. because they don’t like a piece of legislation (the Affordable Care Act) that was duly passed by a previous Congress and vetted through the Supreme Court. Well, if they can do that, I say fire the mo-fos , and maybe give them each a 90-day jail sentence to go with the package. If the law of the land can be unlawfully attacked in this manner, the perquisites of the House of Representatives are also up for grabs.
Weepy John Boehner tells the nation, “This isn’t some damn game!” I say it is, and the crybaby ought to go, but maybe with a 1-year sentence for his part in the fracas.
Here’s the oath of office these scum broke: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.