FDR, Churchill, History, and Obama

Winston-Churchill-9248164-1-402America has always had a good relationship with the Brits once the Revolutionary War was won, and history put us together with our sister country repeatedly.  I don’t think this President Obama, who claims to have a knowledge of history, fully understands this, else he wouldn’t have degraded the American Presidency by giving Prime Minister Gordan Brown, such trivial un-presidential a gift as CD’s, not to mention, giving back that wonderful statue of Winston Churchill.  That was an insult between our two countries.  We need the UK to be our friend and Allie, especially as now, in times of war.  The close relationship and the excellent working relations that developed between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill were crucial in the establishment of a united effort to deal with the Axis powers of WWII.  Not only that, Churchill, knew how to deal with Stalin, and the Soviet Union, which Obama, does not (in this new cold war with Putin.)  And you discount, “history repeating itself?”

It would seem to me, that since we asked them for help in Iraq, and now need the Brits in Afghanistan also, that we extend the same excellent working relationship and friendship between our two countries; as Bush had with Tony Blair, so should Obama have with Gordan Brown.  Instead I saw a snub, and wall being put up between a country that is our most important Allie.  To that and a lot of other things this President is doing,  especially not speaking up and defending the uprising and deaths of the Iranian peoples.   Then again, I didn’t approve of AIG, and all those bonuses, which were actually approved by dems and the White House.  There is plenty of room for improvement in this administration, as well as a heavy dose of humility.  And while he wants the American people to “button down the hatch ” and be frugal, he certainly is not practicing that effort with his very frivolous trips, like NYC, who still thinks he is on the campaign trail (with taxpayer money).

For a quick refresher course in history, lets go back to WWII.  In late December, 1941, shortly after the entry of the United States into World II, Churchill met in Washington, D. C. with Roosevelt in what became known as the First Washington Conference, code name “Arcadia”.  The conference placed first priority on the Atlantic theater and defeat of Germany and Italy.  On December 24, 1941, Roosevelt and Churchill delivered Christmas greetings to the nation and the world from the South Portico of the White House, during the lighting of the National Community Christmas Tree; FDR closed his short message with the following passage, “And so I am asking my associate, and my old and good friend, to say a word to the people of America, old and young, tonight.

By August 1941, Roosevelt and Churchill met for the first of nine face-to-face conferences during the war.  The four-day meeting aboard a ship anchored off the coast of Newfoundland at Argentia Bay was devoted to an agreement  on war aims and a vision for the future.  The document created at this meeting and the neutral United States, was the Atlantic Charter.   It set forth concepts of self-determination,  end  to colonialism, freedom of the seas, and the improvement of living and working conditions for all people.  Many of the ideas were similar to those proposed by Wilson’s Fourteen Points, but not accepted by our allies at the Versailles Conference at the close of World War I.

From 1941 when they first met until FDR’s death in 1945, Roosevelt and Churchill sustained a close personal and professional relationship.  They established a easy intimacy, a joking informality and moratorium on pomposity and cant.  Roosevelt cabled Churchill after the meeting, “It is fun to be in the same decade with you.” And later he wrote, “I felt I was in contact with a very great man who was also a warm-hearted friend and the foremost champion of the high causes which we served.”  There is from an excellent book by Jon Meacham, “Franklin and Winston”.

Churchill also carried over the same loyalty to General Dwight David Eisenhower, who he relied on and trusted instinctively.  Almost immediately after France fell to the Nazis in 1940, the Allies planned a cross-Channel assault on the German occupying forces.  At the Quebec Conference in August 1943, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt reaffirmed the plan, which was code- named Overlord.  The decision to mount the invasion was cemented at the Teheran Conference held in November and December 1943.  Joseph Stalin, on his first trip outside the Soviet Union since 1912, pressed Roosevelt and Churchill for details about the plan, particularly the identity of the Supreme Commander of Overlord.   (although no decision had yet been made as to who that would be.)  Stalin pointedly rejoined, “Then nothing will come of these operations.  Who carries the moral and technical responsibility for this operation?  Churchill and Roosevelt acknowledged the need to name the commander without further delay.  Shortly after the conference ended, Roosevelt appointed General Dwight David Eisenhower to that position.

By May 1944, 2,876,000 Allied troops were amassed in southern England, while awaiting deployment orders, they prepared for the assault by practicing with live ammunition.  The latest armada in history, made up of more than 4,000 American, British, and Canadian ships, lay in wait.  More than 1,200 planes stood ready to deliver seasoned airborne troops behind enemy lines, to silence German ground resistance as best they could, and to dominate the skies over the impending battle theater.

Leaving headquarters at Portsmouth, Eisenhower first visited the British 50 th Infantry Division and then the U.S. 101st Airborne at Newbury; the latter was predicted to suffer 80 percent casualties.  The troops recognized “Ike” and the word quickly spread of his presence.  According to his grandson David, who wrote about the occasion in “Eisenhower: At War 1943-1945, the General wandered through the formless groups of soldiers, stepping over packs and guns.  The faces of the men had been blackened with charcoal and cocoa to protect against the glare and to serve as camouflage.  It was cheers, and positive talk,  like a roll call of battle honors.”

“At half past midnight, as Eisenhower returned to his headquarters at Portsmouth, the first C-47’s were arriving at their drop zones, commencing the start of “the Longest Day”.  The confusion  and carnage of the landing efforts as troops in full kit waded through choppy, bloodstained water amid the deadly, deafening thunder of enemy fire must be deeply etched in the memory of those who took part in or witnessed the assault.  During the invasion’s initial hours, Eisenhower lacked adequate information about its progress.  After the broadcast of his communique’ to the French people announcing their liberation, SHAEF switchboards were overwhelmed with messages from citizens and political officials.  SHAEF communications personnel fell 12 hours behind in transcribing radio traffic.  In addition, an Army decoding machine broke down.

According to his secretary-chauffeur Kay Summersby, as recounted in David Eisenhower’s book, “Eisenhower spent most of the day in his trailer drinking endless cups of coffee, ‘waiting for reports to come’.   He only gained sketchy details for most of the day about the British beaches, UTAH and the crisis at OMAHA, where for several hours the fate of the invasion hung in the balance.”  Eisenhower was forced to make his decision to proceed with a June 6th invasion in the predawn blackness of June 5th, while horizontal sheets of rain and gale force winds shuddered through the tent camp.  The forecast that the storm would abate proved accurate, as he noted later.  The vivid memory that stirred his memory doubtless heartened him throughout the day until conclusive word reached him that the massive campaign had indeed succeeded.

*Information compiled by archives for Government Education.  Documents are all on line.  http:www.archives.gov/education/lessons/fdr-churchill/index.html?

Whereas, that brings us to a lack of experience and knowledge of history, war, and our military by this new President.  The fact that he was even “thinking” about taking away medical coverage of our military and veterans, many of whom came back with no fanfare, no than-you’s, and this media, who is so left wing, did the same to the Vets when they came back from Vietnam.  It is inexcusable!  I love our Veterans, and I thank them from my heart for making our country safe and being put in harms way all over the world.  They volunteer to make us safe from war and terrorism.  Hear this, new director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano; THEY are STILL enemy combatants, and STILL TERRORISTS.  Oh, how Islam and the terrorists even in this country must be in such joy that this Administration has opened the doors to another attack.  I read a prophesy by a preacher that NYC was once again going up in fire and smoke.  The same preacher that 3 weeks before 9/11 was given a prophesy that “something” was coming in NYC.  I believe Dave Wilkerson, and know the heart of his Church at Time Square and World Challenge, Teen Challenge.  Our defenses are down and I feel now that we might be friendless in time of need and crisis, under another attack, and our friends, the Brits, may not help us.

I therefore, pray for this President even though I am struggling with God, because I was so close to hating him., myself.  As a Christian, I forgave so many in my past, and I had no hates whatsoever, until this administration.  Dear God, help me, for I don’t know this man’s heart, and pray to you Lord , knowing you do.  Help us Lord in America do the right thing.  Protect us Lord, even though I know that “thine will, will be done”.  (The Lord’s Prayer)  God Bless America, and God bless our allies, Canada, and the UK.  I let go Mr President, I let God.

Winston:   http://www.biography.com/people/winston-churchill-9248164

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born to an aristocratic family on November 30, 1874. As his life unfolded, he displayed the traits of his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, a British statesman from an established English family, and his mother, Jeannie Jerome, an independent-minded New York socialite. As a young child, Churchill grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where his father was employed by his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill. When he entered formal school, Churchill proved to be an independent and rebellious student. He did poorly at his first two schools and in April, 1888, he was sent to Harrow School, a boarding school near London. Within weeks of his enrollment, he joined the Harrow Rifle Corps, which put him on a path to a military career.

At first it didn’t seem the military was a good choice for Churchill. It took him three tries to pass the exam for the British Royal Military College. However, once there, he did well and graduated 20th in his class of 130. Up to this time, his relationship with both his mother and father was distant, though he adored them both. While at school, Churchill wrote emotional letters to this mother, begging her to come see him, but she seldom came. His father died when he was 21, and it was said that Churchill knew him more by reputation than by any close relationship they shared.

Churchill enjoyed a brief but eventful career in the British army at a zenith of British military power. He joined the Fourth Hussars in 1895 and served in the Indian northwest frontier and the Sudan, where he saw action in the Battle of Omdurman in 1898. While in the army, he wrote military reports for newspapers The Pioneer and the Daily Telegraph, and two books on his experiences, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898) and The River War (1899).

In 1899, Churchill left the army and worked as a war correspondent for the Morning Post, a conservative daily newspaper. While reporting on the Boer War in South Africa, he was taken prisoner by the Boers while on a scouting expedition. He made headlines when he escaped, traveling almost 300 miles to Portuguese territory in Mozambique. Upon his return to Britain, he wrote about his experiences in the book London to Ladysmith (1900).

Early Careers: Government and Military

In 1900, Churchill became a Member of Parliament in the Conservative Party for Oldham, a town in Manchester. Following his father into politics, he also followed his father’s sense of independence, becoming a supporter of social reform.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF..Before World War II Ambassador Joe Kennedy shook hands with Hitler..as we have the left Communists doing in Washington!   And when you play this video, it was the year before I was born, 1938 in NYC, Madison Square Garden!

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