Please get your head examined

After reading the following, if you still have ANY doubts that Barack Hussein Obama and his peeps are incompetent boobs who need to be put out to pasture post haste, I really hope you’ll make an appointment to have your head examined.

On March 19, 2012, Vice President Joe Biden told the crowd at a Democratic fundraiser in Morris Township, NJ:

You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there. Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president? This guy is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.”

In May 2011, President Obama ordered two dozen American SEALS to chopper into terrorist leader Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and capture or kill him. The successful raid ended a man-hunt that had begun during the Clinton administration.

Audacious? Maybe. Certainly the SEALs were bold and daring. But Biden wasn’t referring to the guys who actually put their lives on the line in the raid.

He was referring to President Obama’s alleged audacity in ORDERING the assault.  Because, holy crap, if bin Laden hadn’t really been there, that would have damaged Obama’s popularity!

And the White House backed Biden up on this assessment.

“I think he [Biden] meant that the decision the president made … was a very difficult one,” press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing. The intelligence that bin Laden actually lived at that particularly compound was of “high quality” but “not conclusive.”

“In the end, he had to make a very fateful decision,” said Carney. “Obviously, it would have been a different story if bin Laden had not been in that compound.”

So was Biden right to say Obama’s decision to order the raid was more bold, more daring than say … General Eisenhower’s decision to launch the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944?

“The historical assessments I’ll leave to him and others, but there’s no question that this was a very very difficult decision,” Carney said.

Did the vice president misspeak?

“No,” Carney said.

Oh. My. God.

How audacious exactly WAS General Eisenhower’s decision to launch the D-Day invasion when he did?

Only a few days in each month were suitable for the plan to succeed. They needed a full moon and clear skies for night-time navigation by sea and air, plus calm seas during a spring tide to get landing craft over the crap the Germans had dumped into the water off the beaches.

Based on the moon and the tides, General Eisenhower tentatively selected June 5 as the best date. But on June 4, the weather was terrible.

The next full moon and high tide period would be nearly a month away, giving the enemy weeks more to figure out where the invasion landing site was and position troops to intercept it.

Making the right choice to go or to wait was vital.

On June 5, Eisenhower’s chief meteorologist told him he thought there might be a brief improvement in the weather on June 6.

Some of Eisenhower’s generals said go. Some said wait. Eisenhower had to make the critical decision. And it wasn’t his approval ratings or potential re-election that was at stake. It was the entire Allied offensive.

More than 5,000 ships and some 160,000 troops were set to hit a 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the largest amphibious invasion in world history. Another 24,000 parachute troops were set to be flown in and dropped off behind enemy lines.

All of these lives, plus the lives and freedom of all the citizens of all the countries that the Nazis had conquered were on General Eisenhower’s head as he made the critical decision to launch the invasion based on the iffy weather report of a single meteorologist and the contradictory advice from his top generals.

It proved to be the right decision. The invasion turned the tide of World War II and ultimately led to the defeat of the Nazi scourge.

Yet … according to the Obama White House, Eisenhower’s decision that night was NO WHERE NEAR as BOLD and DARING as Barack Obama’s decision to risk two dozen SEALS and a few popularity points based on “high quality” intelligence the CIA had spent more than a decade and tens of millions of dollars gathering.




Filed under Armed Forces, Barack Obama, Jay Carney, Joe Biden, Osama bin Laden

8 responses to “Please get your head examined

  1. Ting

    My mother talks about being a young teenager knitting for the Red Cross at the time of D-Day. She lived in Bedford County, VA, and she said the Western Union guy was riding his bicycle all over town delivering the horrible telegrams to families. It turns out that the National Guard (?) group from Bedford was the first to hit the beach, and Bedford had the highest per capita loss of life on D-Day in the US.

    Biden is a “big f-ing ” joke.


    • Amen to that, Ting.

      My teenager and I recently finished listening to an excellent course in the history of western civilization from The Teaching Company. For those of us who were born after WW2, it’s almost impossible to put ourselves in the place of those who were alive while it was going on, when victory was anything but inevitable, and to feel what they were feeling — but this course really helped. I was on the edge of my seat during the lectures on WW2 and D-Day, almost as if I didn’t know how it would turn out! The part I found almost unbearably moving was when the professor read aloud a letter Gen. Eisenhower wrote right before the invasion — the letter that was to be published in the event that the invasion failed. It was profoundly moving and I can’t even think about it without getting teary-eyed. (The screen is getting blurry right now.) What unimaginable courage.


      • chrissythehyphenated

        Could you post it?


        • Okay, had to look up the text online, since my only copy is an audio version (Teaching Company CD).

          Here is the text of Gen. Eisenhower’s message to the troops right before the invasion:


          Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

          You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

          Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

          But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-rnan. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!

          I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

          Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

          Dwight D. Eisenhower

          Here is the text of the handwritten note that Eisenhower scribbled off and put in his pocket, to be used in the event that the invasion was a failure:

          Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone.


        • If you would like to see the original letter to the Allied Expeditionary Force, it can be found here.

          The original draft of the “in case of failure” message can be seen here.


  2. GP

    Two days after Sept 11th 2001, we were planning on being in Normandy for a dream trip. I had found a wonderful b & b. Obviously we had to cancel, and I was worried as the place said no cancellations at that late date. But I got the kindest note from the French madame who owned the place. She said Eisenhower had stayed there during the war and they had a statue to him in her town. She said the people of normandy will always remember what America did for them and that the town was having candlelight services for America at the Eisenhower statue. It was very touching. I can’t say those I have met in other parts of France feel the same, but the people in Normandie do respect the sacrifice America made because they were on the front lines.
    PP__Have you ever been to Cantigny in Winfield? It is an amazing park, on the former estate donated by Tribune owner and WW I vet, Col. McCormick (his cousin invented the reaper). You should try to come down some time. The war museum is fantastic, with lots of tanks the kids love to climb on, relics from all the wars and also and exibit on Freedom Of the Press. Plus, the grounds are absolutely beautiful. Only 5 bucks a car to get in and no alcohol allowed so it is a great family outing. It is a great peek into life of the rich and famous during the first half of the 20th century.