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

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?

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