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WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio

WWII Doolittle Raiders make final toast in Ohio | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The surviving members of Doolittle Raiders made a last toast to their fallen comrades with a bottle of 1896 cognac from Lt. Gen. James Doolittle himself.
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One of the most iconic pictures of World War II when a B-25 takes off from the carrier USS Hornet to attack Toyko only moths after Peal Harbor.  With the war in Europe going bad at this stage and the Pacific War all going the way of the Japanese, this moral boost is what started the turn around.  These men knew this was really a one way mission, though most survived, but still did the impossible..attacked the Japanese at home.  This shocked the Japanese which caused them to divert more resources to protect the home islands at a time they could have been used elsewhere.  This was in April of 1942.  In May of 1942 the Japanese were stopped at the Battle of the Coral Sea and in June of 1942 the were decisively beaten at the Battle of Midway.  From that point on, until 1945 the Japanese were in retreat.  All of this started by men make a small but huge morale boosting raid on Toyko.  They should never be forgotten.

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U.S. talking to Turkey about China missile deal concerns

U.S. talking to Turkey about China missile deal concerns | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
ANKARA (Reuters) - The United States is concerned Turkey's decision to build a missile defense system with a Chinese firm could undermine allied air defenses, its envoy said on Thursday, but dismissed...
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With China also starting to reopen the silk road they are stepping into the Middle East and a key US and NATO ally.  The Chinese state this is just a commerical deal, with I think it really is trying to lay future groundwork.  The system that Turkey is getting will not be compatible with NATO's weapon systems, which has always been a big part and a requirement of the alliance.  Could this move be the first in Turkey leaving NATO, or even looking away to Europe and looking to China.  With Turkey still not being admitted int the EU they might be feeling they have to look elsewhere to help themselves grow...hmmm maybe the EU should look at their application again??

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 26, 2013 9:58 PM

The US is worried that Turkeys decision to buil a defense system with China would undermine air defenses. They are looking to strengthen their domestic defense industry from fear of overflow from the viloence in Syria. The US is upset becuase Turkeys new model would not be system compatible with the models of other members, that could lead to  a undermining ore principle of the 28-nation alliance;

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A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums

A stunning turn that could silence Syria war drums | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
While light on details, a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over chemical weapons shifts the war debate.

Via Seth Dixon
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I understand the need to do something and I also understand why Americans do not want to do this.  However I believe something should be done as it seems we all are forgetting our history.  Does anyone remember 9/30/1938.  A speech given by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain promised "...peace of our time."  He was talking about the Munich Agreement where Hitler promised that Czechoslovakia would be his last territorial grab.  Well we all know what that led to.  We cannot appease or let people get away with actions like this.  If he is allowed to use the gas on his own people whats to stop him from using it on Turkey, Israel or even in the US as part of a terrorist attack.  Just something else to think about .. an old quote which is a paraphrase, those who do not learn history will be doomed to repeat it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:36 AM

The world is waiting to see how the drama in the Middle East unfolds. 

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The Geo-Politics of Military Bases, Empire and Independence

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The Ministry of Defence’s latest threat to keep Faslane as sovereign territory in the event of Scottish Independence should be seen in the context of Britain’s imperial history of maintaining military bases against the wishes of local people across the world.

 


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Really interesting news in Geopolitics and devolution.  If Scotland does vote to split form the UK, and if the UK even aloows the vote to mean something, what will happen to all the militray stationed in Scotland?  How about all the UK businesses there?  What will an independant Scotland do? What currency wil they have, the Euro? Will they even get into the EU? Lots of questions to answer here and way to many to list.  Something to think about though isn't it?

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Japanese Minister Proposes More Active Military Presence in Region

Japanese Minister Proposes More Active Military Presence in Region | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Actions by China and North Korea are leading Japan to consider a more aggressive military posture after decades of postwar pacifism.
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Given their geographic loaction, the geopolitcis of the area are going to force the Japanese to reverse its stance on the military since the end of World War II.  Some in the government want to change the post-war constitution and change the JSDF, Japanese Self-Defense Force, into a full military not just a self-defense force.

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Money Won’t Help Land a Place in This Oasis, but a Uniform May

Money Won’t Help Land a Place in This Oasis, but a Uniform May | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Fort Hamilton is a vestige of New York Harbor’s rich military history and a top housing choice for service members looking for a slice of military suburbia about 40 minutes from Manhattan.
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A nice place to live in a suburb outsdie of the big city life.  Great to see that we are taking care of the people that take care of us each and every day.  I think that is part of the American culture and tradition that needs to be passed on to our children and beyond. 

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Spartan Military - Anything like this exist today?

Spartan Military - Anything like this exist today? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it

The Ancient Spartan Military - Weapons, Warriors and Warfare."

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A culture based on a super stong military and all things martial.  The question to ask, can that happen today? or is it already here?

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors

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How Israel's Military Success Erased the History of the Diaspora's Jewish Warriors
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The historian Derek J. Penslar starts his masterful new book, Jews and the Military: A History, with an anecdote.
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A look at how Jews have served in other militaries and how this led to them to be fighting for the Jewish state of Israel.  Jew have long servered in many western armies, but espiecailly with the British in WW I when they lobbied, sucessfully, to be part of the liberation of the Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire.  There is a long military tradition that Israel has, even though the state of Israel only came into being in 1948. 

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Egypt: Military may turn to Russia for aid and alliance | North Africa

Egypt: Military may turn to Russia for aid and alliance | North Africa | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Egypt has threatened to go it alone on foreign policy issues effectively disregarding its tradition allies - the United States or Israel – after Washington cut military aid.

Via Meagan Harpin
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There is a fine line here that the US needs to be carefu on.  Geographically Egypt is extemely important to the US given that it controls the Suez Canal.  It is also an important ally in the fight against terrorism and has the only Arab peace treaty with Israel.  The cut of military aid could all end this.  In driving Egypt to seek aid from the Russians they is no need to keep that peace treaty with Israel, even though I do not think they wil end it, but there is always the possibility.  This is also important geopolitically, with the Chinese making inroads into this area, see http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/24/us-turkey-china-defence-usa-idUSBRE99N09X20131024 and Russia making its move in this area the US may be n the process of losing influence in this area of the world, something I do not think the US afford.

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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 17, 2013 5:40 PM

After Washington cut military aid Egypt has begun threating to go alone on foreign policy. Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said that Egypt should turn to Russia for military aid to manage its civil war with terrorism. 

Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 29, 2013 4:40 PM

There always seemed to be a tension between the United States and Russia and its former Soviet partnerships.  The military hostility and even threats within the last few years show that relations among the world's superpowers and countries in the Middle East are always up for debate and controversy.  It's no wonder that Egypt threatening to turn to Russia for aid has rasised eyebrows among the international relations and trading traditions.  Though the U.S. can have a tough time assuring the relations among many of the Middle Eastern countries, they are necessary to be fulfilled given the rough history of all participating countries.

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The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force?

The Water's Edge » Has Congress Ever Denied a President’s Request to Authorize Military Force? | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Many people inside the Beltway doubt that President Obama will succeed in convincing Congress to authorize a military strike against ... (Has Congress ever turned down a president's request to authorize military force?
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Interesting to see that Congress has say no in the past, albeit very much in the past.  Since that time the US has used its military power under the authority of the President as Commander in Chief and not with a formal declartion of war from Congress.  The President has the power and the right to have military actions, but should he wield it.  Just because you have the power does not mean you should always use it.

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China military urges vigilance over Japan's defense plan

China military urges vigilance over Japan's defense plan | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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China's response to the action that the Japanese might want to increase their military.  Interesting to see that China feels Japan should not be in fear of China's military, even though they just completed their first aircraft carrier.  They also refer to Japan's World War II past...is that fear really there, that Japan will do the same thing.  The Chinese also feel that Japan has not done enough to atone for their past action in China in WWII.  Intersting especially from a country with questionable human rights violations.

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The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II

The Right to Fight: African-American Marines in World War II | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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Amazing to think that it took a war to let African-Americans serve their country.  It was still a segregated military in World War II, not just for African-Americans but also for Japanese Americans, albeit for different reasons.  The segregation was even worse in the Marines, who did not have any African-American troops in the service.  It took the re-election of FDR for a thrid term and the support of African-American leaders to get him re-elected to start to allow African-Americans into the Marines.   

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The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup

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The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup Mohammed E lBaradei meeting former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon by ESAM AL-AMIN Counterpunch Every coup d’état in history begins with a military General announcing the overthrow and arrest of...

Via Ramy Jabbar رامي
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Another view of the coup in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood.  Eveyone has their spin on these issues.  Militray Coups in Egypt have been part of their history.  The Free Officers movement in 1952 led by Nasser and Naguib that overthrew King Farouk is prme example.  Later this led to a conflict over the Suezx Canal in 1956 when Nasser nationalized the canal prompting Great Britian, France and Israel to invade.  Eventually, under pressure from the US, USSR and the UN, they withdrew from Egypt.  Alot going on here that is goning to shape the situation in the Middle East.

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World War II Military Situation Maps

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The World War II Military Situation Maps, housed in the Geography and Maps division at the Library of Congress, show troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945.

Via Donna Gehring
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Some great maps from the time showing some of the most important battles of WWII.  Some great detail of the units involved in the D-Day invasion.  What they actully had to overcome is, still to this day, incredible.

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