Never forgotten

Obama: In America, all wars should be remembered
Associated Press
Jul 27, 2013

 

Six decades after the Korean War ended, President Barack Obama said Saturday that American veterans deserved a better homecoming from a war-weary nation and that their legacy is the 50 million people who live freely in a democratic South Korea.

"Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten, and no veteran should ever be overlooked," he said in a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, where ceremonies marked the 60th anniversary of the end of hostilities on the peninsula.

Obama said the conflict didn't unite or divide the country the same way World War II or the Vietnam War did, respectively, and that U.S. veterans came home to neither parades nor protests because "there was, it seemed, a desire to forget, to move on" by Americans tired of battle.

But they "deserved better," Obama said, adding that, on Saturday's anniversary, "perhaps the highest tribute we can offer our veterans of Korea is to do what should have been done the day you came home."

He appealed for people to pause and let these veterans "carry us back to the days of their youth and let us be awed by their shining deeds." In the audience of several thousand on a sunny and humid morning were dozens of American and Korean veterans of the war. Obama asked them to stand and be recognized.

The 1950-1953 war had North Korean and Chinese troops on one side against U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces. It ended on July 27, 1953, 60 years ago Saturday, with the signing of an armistice.

A formal peace treaty was never signed, leaving the Korean Peninsula in a technical state of war and divided at the 38th parallel between its communist north and democratic south. More than 36,000 Americans were killed in the conflict. The U.S. still has 28,500 troops based in the south.

Yet the costs of the war continue to mount even amid relative peace.

Hostility remains between the two Koreas and between the North and the United States, which still has no formal diplomatic relations with the communist nation. That antagonism is rooted in the U.S. commitment to take a lead role in defending the South should war again break out on the peninsula.

Washington also has tried for years to wean its ally off its dependence on the U.S. military, setting and then delaying target dates for switching from U.S. to Korean control of the forces that would defend the South against a possible new attack from the North.

Another legacy is the challenge of accounting for the roughly 7,900 U.S. servicemen still listed as missing in action.

Obama said the war is a reminder that a country's obligation to its fallen and their families endures long after battle. He pledged that the U.S. would not rest "until we give these families a full accounting of their loved ones."

Obama also alluded to the Korean War sometimes being called the "forgotten war" and noted long-standing suggestions that it was fought for naught, summed up in the phrase "die for tie." He disputed that characterization, saying "today, we can say with confidence that war was no tie. Korea was a victory."

When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom in stark contrast to the dire conditions endured by their countrymen in the North, "that's a victory. That's your legacy," he said.

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Comments

The Big Dog's back

Once again, spot on President Obama.

abigbear

U r the "BIG DOGS BACK" END

abigbear

cant even stand to hear this lying P O S or seeing this P O S face

thinkagain's picture
thinkagain

Just another photo op for the lying hypocrite, King of the Communist sympathizers (aka liberals).

sugar

My sentiments exactly, LMAO!

eriemom

Your President of the United States. Remember that when you post. The office, alone, deserves your respect.

goofus

respect is earned, never given

deertracker

@goofy
Exactly, and he has earned the respect of the people. You may not agree with his policies but he is a honorable man!

Contango

Re: "he is a honorable man!"

Not unlike crime boss Joe Bonanno who thought of himself in similar terms:

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Honor-...

goofus

Honorable, that's a hoot!! Tel that to the former ambassador to Libya as he laid naked in a truck after being sodomized by muslims; Tell the family of the slain border patrol officer after he was killed by a gun given to a Mexican by Osama. Tell seal team six he is honorable. Would an honorable person support stand your ground as a state senator and then come out against it as a president, there are many more!!!!!

goofus

I am giving him the same respect the left gave G.W. Bush

Contango

Re: "The office, alone, deserves your respect."

An “office” wasn’t elected.

H*ll, one of his first NATIONAL lies was to the people of IL, where he PROMISED to serve out his term as a newly elected U.S. Senator.

Instead, his inflated ego took over:

"I'm LeBron, Baby. I Can Play On This Level. I Got Some Game."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

As the Bible says: By their fruits ye shall know them.

The Big Dog's back

pooh, you forgot to include Chicago in your racist rant. You're slipping.

deertracker

pooh needs some help really bad.

AnAmerican

Oh really eriemom? and where was your mouth when President Bush was called everything from a Nazi to a mass murderer?

Perkins2060

That idiot Obama deserves no respect.

sugar

I do NOT consider him MY President, he has destroyed whatever dignity was left, (after the moral reprobate)the office ever held.

The Big Dog's back

sugar, I don't care if you don't consider President Obama your President or not. He's still the President of the United States. So if you don't consider him your President you are either an illegal or an enemy of the State. Which one are you?

Contango

Re: "don't consider President Obama your President or not."

Use of a double negative = nonsense.

--------------------------

Re: "illegal"

Bigot!

"Undocumented American."

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Re: "enemy of the State."

The POTUS is NOT the state.

deertracker

I'll put five bucks on illegal! LOL!

Raoul Duke

You're still arguing over liberal vs conservative while they ALL screw us out of our hard earned money, then use it to go around the world killing for more profit in the name of democracy, all the while making the whole world hate Americans. He's NO different than the last guy. His family should be ashamed, and African Americans should feel betrayed.

coasterfan

Sigh... If Obama said just the opposite, you would complain about THAT. Just goes to show that some people have an irrational hatred of him, and it really doesn't matter to them what he says, they'll spew hatred. If you take a step back, and listen to what he said, it's a reasonable man making reasonable,, respectful statements.

There you go again

Mr. Obama,
You sure those aren't "phoney wars"? You know like those phoney scandals you keep refering to...hmmm....

Darwin's choice

Like these?
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/on...

Sarah Palin....that should have Big Dog and Coasterfan foaming at the mouth....!

coasterfan

Nothing the Right could say or do would make me foam at the mouth, or would surprise me. They are who they are, and Spitzer said on Real Time Friday night, "it's like Republicans have lived through an alternate past 15 years". He's right, very little of what they do is based on reality. So, having said that, I take everything I hear on Fox News in the same light as anything I read on The Onion: amusing, but not having to do with reality...

Contango

Re: "Real Time" & "The Onion"

Getting your info from comedy sources? It shows.

buckeye15

It makes me sad that people live with so much hate inside. If you people put half as much effort into trying to make things better as you do hating, we might actually get somewhere.

There you go again

Unfortunately, It is pretty easy to spew hate when our president is leading us all into "hate for others" with his honor trayvon and phony wars speeched. Gees....

deertracker

@buckeye
Agreed!

The New World Czar

Obama doesn't want Korea to be forgotten...but has forgotten plenty about Benghazi already.

Kottage Kat

After how long as POUS he now makes these statements.

toredown11

You guys really are pathetic. President Obama could cure cancer and you'd complain that it took him too long.

Hey, I was watching Fox News tonight and they said that tomorrow is tin-foil hat day. Now run along all you little minions - make your tin-foil hats!

deertracker

So true!

bayshore

Veterans shouldn't be forgotten????? Then stop trying to strip them of the benefits they earned.

The Big Dog's back

Yeah Repubs, quit stripping them of their benefits.

Contango

There goes Mr. Obama once again: Confusing strong rhetoric for action.

Speaking of "war," how's the ol' Sock Puppet-in-Chief doin' to get us involved in Syria?

It should be like the "old days" where the King leads his troops into battle.

The old men lie and the young men die.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, all those old white men lying.

Mystery_Cheese

Bullspit.

abigbear

you

laker1

How are our 900,000+ returning vets doing while they waiting over a year for their VA benefits? Oh yep, don't ask hard questions to the Usurper.

The Big Dog's back

Ask john boehner and the Repub Congress. They control the purse strings.

Erie County Resident

Sure thing poochie ..
Blame the Repubs for the program your master & thief wanted ..
"The Sequestor"
This was a program OBAMA wanted not one Congress dreamed up.
They gave him what he wanted and see what is happening!

Oh by the way, the Senate is controled by liberls Domocrats.

arnmcrmn

bullspit

Contango

Kinda surprising that Pres. Obama didn't say:

Why, that coulda been me 60 yrs. ago.

SamAdams

I agree with what Obama is saying here. The problem is that, as usual, he says one thing and does another. Do veterans "deserve better?" Absolutely. So what's Obama giving them? Budget cuts, rules and regulations that are undermining both morale and readiness, and most recently, insistence that vets pay more for health insurance (chalk up yet another casualty to Obamacare). Combine that with his persistent "I know best!" attitude in the face of advice from those who actually DO know best militarily speaking, and he remains an ongoing disaster of a president.

Whatever he says on his never-ending campaign trail, the President remains a man who has no experience, no expertise, and no respect for the military. I grant you that there are other Americans who don't have the sense or decency to be as appreciative as they should be either, but none of THEM are the "Commander in Chief!"

deertracker

Step away from the computer Sam

Darwin's choice

Don't like hearing the truth Deertracker?

I know, the truth doesn't taste like the halfrican-ade your used to......

Darwin's choice
Erie County Resident

Really surprised the old "It was Bush's fault" didn't come out.

Contango

Good point.

It could be a case where if he said "previous administration," it might cause mental confusion in the vacuous minds of his peanut gallery.

Bottom Line

As usual, big dog is the one and true racist in the conversation going. Because he's generally got nothing else to fall back on. When all else fails make it about race. You're a piece of trash. You represent all that is wrong and evil in our country today.

"If you want to end racism, stop making everything about race."
-Morgan Freeman

sugar

Glad to see that people are waking up, some of us new this man was all BS from the get go. Thanks for re electing the worst Pres in modern history, we are all suffering, and by the looks of Detroit we will be suffering more.

Contango

Re: "some of us new this man was all BS from the get go."

I lived in the NW suburbs of Chicago for 25 yrs., and NEVER even heard of this guy until he ran for U.S. Senate.

His Repub opponent, Jack Ryan was ahead in the polls, until his "sealed" divorce papers MYSTERIOUSLY found their way to the press.

Remember: This is IL where the governors make license plates.

http://caffeinatedthoughts.com/2...

The Big Dog's back

Whoaaaa, wait a minute. You said when you were living in Chicago that Obama was the anti-Christ. Now you never heard of him before he ran for Senator? I smell bullspit.

Contango

Re: "You said..."

Your memory per usual is defective.

deertracker

Pooh, I didn't live in Chicago and heard about him around the same time. Your point? Ryan lost! Get over it! Move on! Scram!

Contango

Re: "I didn't live in Chicago and heard about him around the same time."

Point for the terminally clueless:

The lefty media made him out to be some popular and well known IL politician - he wasn't!

deertracker

@sugar
I think you have consumed and surpassed your daily allowance of sugar. I suggest 1000 units of novolog!

Contango

Better sugar, than eating infected deer meat and contracting Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

Your symptoms are obvious. :)

Contango

"Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

The signs of the tragic and absolute failure of Pres. Obama continue to mount.

The man enjoys the image of being President, he just doesn't like the JOB of being President.

It's apparent to all but the utterly clueless.

deertracker

I guess those same 4 were rich and famous when the Cons were in control, right?

Contango

Re: "I guess..."

Still doesn't change the economic incompetency of the "Messiah."

tk

I thought this article was about veterans. Well, I guess they did serve so that you could squabble like a group of children.

Contango

Re: "they did serve,"

Yes and many were drafted and forced into service in order to help make that lying *ss Truman and the current occupant of the WH look competent.

KURTje

Big Dog & deertraker. From your nemesis the pooh: "I ain't a Christian." Maybe that's why he acts that way. Plus he ain't a veteran too.

The Big Dog's back

Exactly.

SamAdams

Wow, apparently "pooh" has at least two things in common with Obama after all!

Contango

Re: "Exactly."

Big Dog lifts his leg & p*sses on veterans & POWs.

http://samjohnson.house.gov/

"The Big Dog's back:

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 5:12pm

So what! Does that make him immune to being a right wingnut? Probably why he got caught in the 1st place. Just like McCain."

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

arnmcrmn

Obama..."Wars should not be forgotten".........but Benghazi....."thats a whole notha story".

coasterfan

3000+ people died on 9/11 as a result of Bush ignoring security briefings that said "Bin Laden to attack US using airplanes". In 2001 prior to 9/11, it is well established that Bush was on vacation more days than he was in the White House. Two days after 9/11, Bush flew members of the Bin Laden family OUT of the US (anyone else wonder why?). 4 people died in Benghazi, and try as Republicans might, they haven't been able to establish that it was Obama's fault in any way. Do you really, really think the Benghazi tragedy is bigger and more of a scandal?

Contango

Re: "Bush ignoring security briefings that said 'Bin Laden to attack US using airplanes.'"

Where's the link to a credible source for this mishegas?

Bonus question: Why didn't Pres. Obama beef up the security for our foreign embassies on the anniversary of 9/11????

The Islamists are all about symbolism. Duh.

The Big Dog's back

Seriously, you're still asking for proof about bush and 9/11? Seriously? My pet goat.

Contango

Re: "Seriously, you're still asking for proof about bush and 9/11?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p...

The Big Dog's back

What's that have to do with bush being ignorant?

Contango

Re: "What's that have to do with bush being ignorant?"

So Clinton was also in on it?

And why does your idiocy not show up in the 9/11 Commission Report?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9/1...

http://www.9-11commission.gov/re...

The Big Dog's back
Contango

The lefty liberal NY Times seriously?

The Big Dog's back

112. The failure to point out that the Commission's claimed "independence" was fatally compromised by the fact that its executive director, Philip Zelikow, was virtually a member of the Bush administration (7-9, 11-12, 282-84).

113. The failure to point out that the White House first sought to prevent the creation of a 9/11 Commission, then placed many obstacles in its path, including giving it extremely meager funding (283-85).

http://www.911truth.org/article....

Contango

Re: "The failure to point out"

Easy AND idiotic to Monday morning quarterback.

Obviously Obama (bleeped) up on Benghazi then.

FDR shoulda been impeached over Pearl Harbor - he ordered the Pacific fleet from San Diego to Hawaii.

Regardless, to quote your Queen:

"What difference at this point does it make?”

The Big Dog's back

Benghazi, Chicago, Chicago, Benghazi, Detroit, Benghazi, Chicago, Chicago, Benghazi.

Contango

Re: "Benghazi, Chicago, Chicago, Benghazi, Detroit, Benghazi, Chicago, Chicago, Benghazi."

Yep! All failures under Democrat administrations.

arnmcrmn

proof coaster. And it cannot be some conspiracy site either lol.

arnmcrmn

Been 5 years and we are still waiting for Obama to do something other than add more debt and take vacations.

coasterfan

Here's a hint: google Obama Top 50 Accomplishments. I'll hazard a guess that few of these have been reported in the "news" sources you read....

Contango

Re: "google Obama Top 50 Accomplishments"

Afraid to provided a link to a lefty loony site?

Darwin's choice

You mean these?
Bob: "Did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?"
Jim: "You mean the Mexican gun running?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean SEAL Team 6 Extortion 17?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the voter fraud?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president demoralizing and breaking down the military?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the Boston Bombing?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president wanting to kill Americans with drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, e-mails and everything else?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons and falsely blaming the seqester?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The president's unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate's advise-and-consent role?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "HHS employees being given insider information on Medicare Advantage?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Bob: "No, the other one."
Jim: "I give up! ... Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters stuck us again with the most corrupt administration in American history?"
Bob: "THAT'S THE ONE!"

Darwin's choice

Here's an accomplishment of his
http://news.investors.com/ibd-ed...
What a great man you suck up to.

coasterfan

Order, Order! This meeting of the Angry White Haters Who Have No Clue Why Their Intolerant Stance On Everything Doesn't Attract More Voters To Their Cause will now come to order. Can we have the minutes from last month's meeting, Darwin?

Contango

Re: "Order, Order!"

First order of business for the meeting of the Lovers of Individual Freedom and Personal Responsibility:

Coasterfan will address the group and tell us as a Progressive, which (if any) of the ten planks of the Communist Manifesto he disagrees and why.

Coasterfan, the floor is yours.

Non-response will be viewed as affirmation.

arnmcrmn

If you disagree with Obie and the left, you are racist. Well, Obies approval rating is in the dumper....guess the majority of America is racist.

The Big Dog's back

He got re-elected in 2012 by a wide majority. Read 'em and weep righties.

Contango

Re: "wide majority."

51% is a "wide majority"? LMAO!!!

grumpy

Compared to Clinton's 43% and 49% it must seem so.

Darwin's choice

Minutes are the same for the last 5 years, Coasterfan! Obama=failure, I know you want them (minutes) to change, but his constant failures prevent it!

The Big Dog's back

ROFLMAO! coaster.

bucknut36

I served under 4 different U.S. Presidents. I did not always agree with their politics, but I always respected the office. Each one was my Commander in Chief. USAF retired.

Darwin's choice

Thank You for your service, and for your patriotism!

However, at no time in the history of the USA has the Commander in Chief been leading from behind as Obama does.

The Big Dog's back

Repubs lead from their behind.

Darwin's choice

And if anyone knows about behinds, it's you azz likker!

arnmcrmn

Obie's been a joke from day one. Cannot speak without a TelePrompTer. Can't lead at all. Flip flops on every issue. Yup, I see why so many morons like this guy.

KURTje

Like it or not Obama got voted in. Unlike the other one, from the E.C. He & R.B Hayes were the only 2 ever to come from the E.C. Interesting history. Hayes was a.k.a. RuherFRAUD B. Hayes.

arnmcrmn

Actually, he nor Hillary should have even made the card in 08'. There are people in Indiana that were just recently indicted for voter fraud.....you see, without those on the left cheating and lying, neither would of had enough votes to run for president. But carry on.

arnmcrmn

Two former Indiana Democratic Party officials have been convicted on multiple counts of election fraud.

Two St. Joseph County Democratic operatives have been found guilty of conspiring to forge signatures in order to get both Obama and then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on the ballot in Indiana. Fox News reports:

Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.
Morgan was accused of being the mastermind behind the plot.
According to testimony from two former Board of Election officials who pled guilty, Morgan ordered Democratic officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/2...

Darwin's choice

Coasterfan, Big Dog, Deertracker, 4shizzle, how about this stunt from your leader?
http://news.investors.com/ibd-ed...

Tell us how "dear leader" is helping the citizens of the United States with this?