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

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...

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.

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