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February 6th, 2014 - 1:52 pm

You can think of John Boehner’s refusal to vote on “immigration reform” in two ways. One is that he’s looked out the window and seen too many peons with pitchforks at the ready to risk it. The second scenario, as outlined by Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, is that Boehner is just buying time so he can look good before bowing to the inevitable. He writes:

Frank Sharry, the head of the pro-immigrant America’s Voice, sketched out one scenario that could be awaiting Republicans if they decide not to act now.

In 2015, Obama could come under withering pressure from immigration groups to take executive action on behalf of some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently here. Such a move wouldn’t be about granting citizenship; it could be an expansion of the executive action he took in 2012 — temporarily deferring the deportation of DREAMers — to other classes of the 11 million. There are reasons to think this would be legally hard to do, but expanding it at least to some degree is theoretically possible. Advocates believe he’d have little choice but to try to do something like this next year if reform fails again.

“He’ll come under withering pressure to act,” Sharry tells me. “And of course [emphasis Sargent] he’ll move by executive action. He doesn’t want his legacy to reflect the fact that he deported more people than any other president. He’ll have no choice.”

If that happens, Sharry continues, you could hear some on the right begin to agitate for impeachment — just as the GOP presidential primary is getting underway.

“If he hasn’t acted earlier, Obama could roll a hand-grenade into the middle of the Republican Primary,” Sharry said, adding that even if impeachment chatter is confined to the margins, it will make legislative action by Republicans on the issue all but impossible: “They will have squandered their shot at getting right with Latinos and Asian Americans for a generation.” …

“Republicans are not in the catbird seat on immigration,” Sharry concluded. “They’re in front of a firing squad.”

If that sounds like a threat, well maybe it is.

While there’s no reason to doubt the spinelessness of the institutional GOP, timidity is a sword that cuts two ways. The question to ask about people who scare is who they fear more: the peons with the pitchforks or the other mob tootling the El Degüello? How does one quantify this fear?

One way is to observe that fear has momentarily overcome that strongest of political emotions, greed. Peter Schweizer, the author of Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, accused Boehner of running a pay-to-play racket in the House. Tony Lee at Breitbart summarizes the main points:

In Extortion, Schweizer makes the argument that lawmakers in Washington use their positions of power to extort money from individuals and corporations to subsidize their lavish lifestyles. As was profiled on 60 Minutes, he discovered how lawmakers are legally allowed to use their “leadership PACs” as slush funds. He also revealed details about House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) “tollbooths” in which corporations must donate large sums of money to get legislation moved. He has also revealed never-before-seen top secret “price lists” for committee assignments in Congress.

In response to the book, a Boehner spokesman said Schweizer should “probably read ‘Congress for Dummies’ before he starts making bogus and salacious claims to sell books.”

But this time it didn’t work, at least for now.

The level of electoral fear experienced by the “lawmakers” has just exceeded their attraction to the tollbooths. And this has got those who had counted on a done deal all hot and bothered. The scenario now being bruited by Sargent is terrifying indeed. But is it terrifying enough?

It has long been conventional wisdom that nothing could withstand the amnesty juggernaut, jointly driven by the demands of business for low paid wage labor and the Democratic Party’s desire for votes. With these twin pythons squeezing the House, immigration was a done deal, or at least that was the perception; an attitude that emboldened the president to no end. Just today the Daily Caller reported a new administration exemption which would allow the admission of immigrants who have only provided “limited material support” to terrorism:

The Obama administration has issued new exemptions to a law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who provided “limited material support” to terrorists who are believed to pose no threat from the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security and the State Department published the new exemptions Wednesday in the Federal Register to narrow a ban in the Immigration and Nationality Act excluding refugees and asylum seekers who had provided limited material support, no matter how minor, to terrorists.

And if nothing proclaims the death of the 9/11 consensus as much as Obama’s executive exemptions for limited terrorists then nothing announces his determination to get what he wants more than the phrase: ‘I’ve got a pen, and I’ve got a phone’. That was how journalists, some almost admiringly, put president Obama vow to get his way no matter what. “‘We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,’ Obama said Tuesday as he convened his first Cabinet meeting of the year”, said ABC News.

It almost recalls the lines of Pete Seeger.

If I had a phone
I’d phone them in in the morning.
I’d phone them in in the evening
All over this land.
Well I’ve got a pen.
And I’ve got a phone.
And I’ve an order to sign, all over this land.
I’ll phone Holder at Justice.
I’ll phone them at Jour-na-lists
I’ll phone them about Obamacare and more immigration
All over this land.

But astonishingly, like a body invisible to the naked eye but which exerts its influence by gravitation, something has pulled the planet Boehner out of orbit. Maybe other people also have pens and also have phones. The little particles of dirt, so reviled and deprecated by the media as to be discounted have gathered undetected, all over this land. One thing that must be remembered about crossing any border is that the resistance goes both ways.


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I suspect that Boehner's half-step back from the abyss was initiated not by fear of the Republican base he so despises; but rather caused by the reports of serious talk in the Republican caucus of a leadership challenge. How many fewer invitations to the right parties would Boehner get if he was the former-Speaker?

Granted that the talk was probably the result of talk amongst us peasants about primarying the holy cr*p out of the Republican caucus. And based on that we can expect that as soon as the deadlines for filing primary challenges has passed; Boehner will be busily doing the Left's bidding again.

Boehner and Ryan cannot be trusted any more than McCain and Graham. They will betray us, they will do it even if it means their own end. It is what they do.

Subotai Bahadur
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The Democrat version of politics is all about defining victim groups around ethnic or other non-political characteristics such as homosexuality. In their universe, and that of their peg boys in the media, politics is the identification and bribery of victim groups.

There is inherent problem in this process. You cant give all of the goodies to all groups at the same time. Illegals and Blacks will find themselves fighting over the same crumbs from the elite table and will naturally take to fighting with each other. In NY State, the Italians are Republicans because the Irish were democrats who froze the Italians out of power in the Democrat party and the Catholic Church.

Republicans who worry about playing the game with the Democrats are worried about the wrong thing. They will never cater to victims as well as the Democrats do. The way to be a permanent minority is to try to outbid the Democrats for victim groups. Their way to majority status is to recall that America is a land for a people who are dedicated to a proposition, who desire liberty and a free republic where everyone can pursue happiness by his own lights and not by being an insect in a hive run by queen bees.

If Obama wants to implement Amnesty by himself. Let him. It will not ingratiate him to the vast majority of Americans who believe in the rule of law. And, it will ne another nail in the coffin that he is building for his party.
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The real problem with the slogan "by any means necessary" is that stuff travels both ways.
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Why not just surrender to Mexico and let them annex the United States?
That should shut the democrats up, most of whom are anglo's and Gringo's.
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So this Frank Sharry fool, an obvious buttboy for the Chamber of Commerce crowd says the GOP is in front of a firing squad on immigration? I'm so sick of these DC lobbyists and blowhards lying about immigration. Come down to the Southwest and see what happens when your border is a third world sieve.If you're white in these parts, your often an outsider in your own country.
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From what I understand, you may be an outsider on your own acreage...
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This is not good.

>>Sergei Glazyev accused the United States on Thursday of funding the Ukrainian "rebels" by as much as $20 million a day for weapons and other supplies. He urged the Ukrainian government to put down the "attempted coup," or Russia may have to intervene under the terms of a 1994 agreement between the United States and Russia, according to the Ukraine edition of the Russian daily Kommersant.

Glazyev was alluding to the Budapest Memorandum, a treaty in which Ukraine agreed to turn over a nuclear arsenal on its soil left over after the fall of the Soviet Union, of which Ukraine was a part until it dissolved in 1991.

In return, the United States, United Kingdom and Russia, nuclear powers all, guaranteed to respect the independence and the borders of Ukraine and reaffirmed their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action should Ukraine become a victim of an act of aggression.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/02/06/ukraine-protests-russia-military-threats/5259777/<<;
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Prices have gone up. For $20 million A DAY I think they could form their own Western Ukraine breakaway government.
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>>Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform.

McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging.

“I’m going over to the White House this afternoon to meet with him [on] immigration reform and others,” he said. “I actually have a respectful and cordial relationship with him.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/189589-obama-mccain-to-huddle-on-immigration-strategy<<;

Bipartisanship as an end in itself. Like Alphonse and Gaston they'll usher each other cordially to hell. After you. No no. After you.
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Popeye & Olive Oyl
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Trying to think of a pop culture duo so overbearing and so inept simultaneously. Laurel and Hardy nail the bungling clumsiness, but they’re far too sweet. Perhaps Morecambe and Wise. “In the second movement, not too heavy on the banjos.” “I’m playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order.”
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LOL --like Mark Twain loved Wagner's music, except for the way it sounded.

On the proper duo: Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, playing Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in a semi-prequel titled "Fear & Loathing in Lost Wages" --?
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Unsk,
Regrettably your call to threaten the would be amnestied illegals with a future repeal will not work. Once they are here they can bring their families and more important they can safely raise families. Any child born in America is a citizen, Full Stop. Deporting the once legalized parents of those citizens will not happen. To enable the expulsion of the children of illegal or former illegal aliens would require the repeal or revision by further amendment of the XIVth Amendment. Once they are legalized it will be impossible to remove them. They will become "Facts on the ground."

What can be done to tighten the loopholes the illegals exploit? Much nonsense is written to the effect that these "undocumented workers" are not criminals. That is because there are two categories of people who are in the US illegally.

One group are people who evade inspection and enter the country illegally. For example people who wade across the Rio Grande or crawl through a tunnel never were lawfully admitted. They are criminals who are deportable with no rights other than due process to determine their status and basic civil rights for decent treatment. Obama's administrative refusal to carry out the law and deport them when identified is an impeachable offense. A similar status applies to people who entered using the proper procedure, that is presented themselves to an Immigration (or CBP) Officer but lied on their application. For example John Demjanjuk was deported because he falsified his entry and naturalization application.

A second and larger group of people enter the United States legally but overstay their visas. They are not in violation of a criminal statute for that single act but are subject to civil penalties, including deportation. Subsequent violations of the law by them, such as committing crimes while here illegally or committing perjury or not reporting their income to the IRS or defying a court order to report would make them criminals. Therefore while many or most of the illegals are not criminals merely due to their initial presence many or most of those do become criminals as they remain here. The number of storybook good honest would be citizens who happen to be undocumented but who are pillars of the community are probably small.

The way to solve this division between the criminal illegal entrant aliens and the civilly liable illegal overstay aliens that is shamelessly exploited by the Left is by passing a law that any alien who is present in the United States for over 90 days without a valid visa has committed a crime. Nail down that one solipsistic loophole and call it the Alien Criminal Trespass Act.
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>>It is good to know that Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, is not shy about venting her frustrations with the European Union. Like not a few British conservatives or French farmers or Italian cheesemakers, she seems to have a healthy appreciation for the vexations associated with Brussels. "F**k the EU," she pithily declares in a new YouTube video that is causing a diplomatic brouhaha. The video, which may have been edited and which appears to disclose a conversation between Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, suggests that Nuland and the Obama administration have been machinating to create a new and improved Ukrainian government. Meanwhile, tempers are running hotter than ever in Moscow, where Kremlin adviser Sergei Glazyev is saying that Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych should just get it over with and crush the "putschists."
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/jacob-heilbrunn/victoria-nulands-plot-against-ukraine-9836#.UvQfGvFpg1M.twitter<<;

They used to say "don't try this at home" to dissuade people from attempting brain surgery who didn't know how to do it. Now an administration that can't launch a website, that thinks it's consulate was torched by people who watched a video, is ready to play nuclear chicken with Russia.

"Here. Hold mah beer."

Well did they speak on a secure phone? Or was the "secure phone" insecure? Why not ask Cass Sunstein, he's in charge of revamping the NSA whose director and deputy directory are being replaced at the same time.

But hey, "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone". So what could go wrong?
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A US-Russia crisis over the Ukraine. Russia has accused the US of interfering in the Ukraine. The US has accused Russia of bugging the State Department and release a recording of Victoria Nuland cursing the Europeans.

>>The U.S. strongly suspects Russian involvement in the leak of a recording of a top diplomat referring profanely to America's allies, comments that lay bare growing frustrations between the U.S. and Europe as they try to forge a solution to the political crisis in Ukraine.

U.S. officials didn't dispute the authenticity of a recording in which U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, speaking to another U.S. diplomat last month, is heard apparently voicing her exasperation over political differences with European Union officials by saying, "f— the EU."
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304181204579367261451555636?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304181204579367261451555636.html<<;
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Perhaps he meant well, but events in Russia, the Ukraine, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Asia seem to suggest that president Obama fundamentally misunderstood the way the world worked.

His "reset" policy is in shambles; his Syria policy is an open sore; his negotiations with Iran are shambolic; the Arab Spring has sprung a leak. Tensions are rising in the Asia-Pacific. The Philippine president has accused China of being the new Hitlerian power, invoking Czechkoslovakia.

Meanwhile John Kerry is busying himself with an "historic" effort to deal with Abbas while the world burns. Never in recent memory have they gotten so much wrong so quickly. But really, it's not Obama's fault. He is what he is. The fault lies with the gatekeepers who put him there.

But he's got a phone and he's got a pen and not an idea in his head worth beans.
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"They used to say "don't try this at home" to dissuade people from attempting brain surgery who didn't know how to do it. Now an administration that can't launch a website, that thinks it's consulate was torched by people who watched a video, is ready to play nuclear chicken with Russia." This. And remember judoka, as I'm sure my friend Luddy Barsen does: the principal is to use the opponent's aggressive movement against him -- just like with the Tie Eater and Soros protege Misha now settling in the U.S for fear of arrest and trial for corruption and contract killings in his Georgian homeland in 2008...

So in this case the usual suspects the NRI/NED, George Soros et al with some moderate help from the Eurocrats and Victoria Nuland handing out coffee and cakes on the Maidan encourage the radical Galician nationalists. Their rejectionism of even a 'moderately' anti-Moscow government that includes the figures Nuland and the U.S. Ambassador want is preventing the formation of a post Yanukovich government or even a coherent opposition platform. Some of the more radical Ukrainian nationalists openly announce their contempt for the EU, and their desire that Ukraine should be completely independent of all powers (a laudible goal, but one wonders where they shall get the gas back here in the real world? Even PJM's Spengler knows the score on that point).


Meanwhile, the Crimea which already hosts the WW2 Soviet Hero City of Sevastapol and the Russian Black Sea Fleet has made it very clear through its autonomous (under the 1990s Ukrainian Constitution) parliament that it will not abide under a government of "banderisti" and "fascists". Thus, in my humble estimation the U.S. via the Sorosniki and usual Colored Revolution tactics is actually playing into Putin's hand. There is no actual need for Russian tanks to cross borders, all you would need is for the Crimea to declare any post Yanuk government illegitimate and refuse to obey its edicts, without de facto seceding.

Force a weak and probably grossly divided post Yanuk U.S.-backed regime into being the aggressor, and to act WITHOUT the support of the same Ukrainian army that won't crush the Maidanists. Any Ukrainian army that tries to suppress the Crimean 'insurrectionists' despite John McInsane's urgings is going to get its ass handed to it by crack Russian marines backed if necessary by Russian naval gunfire and airpower. Thus once again the very people who think they're finally going to stab the Great White Whale called Vladimir are hurtling towards their own (political) defeat and humiliation. Because Putin could give a damn what happens to Galicia -- the Crimea and the black earth Russophone eastern regions is what he wanted all along!
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'' ...but one wonders where they shall get the gas back here in the real world? ''


Not only that, but if you can't freeze 'em, you can always fall back on the tried and true starvation ploy --send in the red army to pack up all the crops and send 'em off to Moscow, then close the roads and keep everyone out except the odd NYTimes columnist.
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Luddy Barsen -- with all due respect, that ain't happening. There is no "Red Army" to send in, and more than likely Russian tanks won't cross any border. The Crimea and eastern Ukraine just tell a U.S.-installed gubm't in Kiev to f- off in Nuland's words, and that's it -- assuming the U.S. can still 'nudge' a pro-EU government's formation.

It is a tribute to the myopia of the anti-Russia lobby that they cannot see that this has been Putin's plan all along -- let the Anglo-Americans aggressively promote a Western Ukraine nationalist agenda that includes Molotov cocktails in Kiev, scare the crap out of Russophone Ukraine, and then those people come running back to Moscow for protection...kind of like, in fairness, Putin allowed the Tie Eater to turn Georgia into an armed camp before slapping him down and successfully nudging the Georgians to throw the Soros protege bastard out.

Well, there are a few folks like 'ex' CIA man Paul Goble and his sources who get this. But too late. The (notorious CIA front) Jamestown Foundation is too wedded to their agenda to deviate now, they have to drive forward, like an SUV stuck in quicksand and sinking fast. Putin humiliated D.C. with Snowden and Syria, REVENGE had to be taken, but now that planned revenge is blowing back on the State Dept.

Even Julia Ioffe the New Republic's favorite journalist is having regrets about how quickly lazy Western journalists piled on the #SochiProblems bandwagon, because it makes many Russians think that the Western mainstream media hates their country and not just its government or corrupt contractors:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116507/russians-hit-back-west-cool-it-olympic-schadenfreude
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should've read above 'de facto seceding' without formally joining the Russian Federation as the 89th or 90th oblast. Kinda like Abkhazia or South Ossetia...Sevastapol's elite schools already send their students to Moscow State University, and former Mayor Yuri Luzhkov poured money into the city during the late 90s and early 2000s making him very popular there if not so popular in Moscow...
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PS can somebody please teach Nuland et al how to use Tor/PGP, if they insist on not using the secure phone? Maybe the Navy can send over one of the Tor crew from Boston to give them a tutorial?
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C'mon, Mr X --you know it was probably someone from Boston that tutored her how to GET her script-reading intercepted. Yes, i'm thinking Marx's 'history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce' --with the Zimmerman Letter as the tragedy, on the basis of Zimmerman was playing it straight, and the farce is playing Zimmerman crooked.

Nuland's three little words just neutralized Europe's street, vizaviz USA vs USSR --Europeans who needed only a defining moment to focus the already deep distrust of Obamamerica.

Now Putin can roll the tanks into Kiev, and the Hagel/Kerry/Brennan brained truss can cooperate with him by dusting off the old Churchillian Gallipoli Invasion plan. THAT oughtta defray the US military pretty much ANZAC-style, esp if Kerry the naval person can settle a few carriers on the bottom of the Black Sea.

Yup, imagine a secret meeting between Sitting Bull's and Grant's spooks, say somewhere in Chicago, where the Little Bighorn is selected, and Sitting Bull relays his message "Now, be SURE and send Custer!"
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THE POPULATION LA BOMBA

The Reconquista is moving apace, regardless of what John Boehner does or does not do, regardless of what the Republican Party does or does not do. It is a done deal. Once set in motion the only option is to put all illegals in internment camps or ship them home, and neither is going to happen. No fence will be built, and the United States is well on its way to Balkanization, a dual language society like Quebec. Within a hundred years the southwest will again be Mexican, if only in the guise of an autonomous American republic. In that same time frame the remaining states will fracture into Blue Model states and Constitutional states, with little friendship between them, hip hop music on the radios in the Blue states and Country music in the Red states. Badminton and croquet will be the national sports of the Blue states, and Football and Nascar the national sports of the Red states. In anticipation, I have taken to singing the current national anthem with the following lyrics:

O say can you see by the dusk’s fading light
What was proudly once hailed
Now in twilight’s last gleaming
And Barackets Red glares
The la bomba our heirs
Gave proof through their might
That our flag is now theirs
No more does that star mangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

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The Marines at Chosin did not simply fight against an enemy. They fought for something. Several somethings maybe including each other. Most of all even the most hard bitten and cynical Grunt or Dog face or Squid fights for something bigger than themselves. They fight for America. Not just the physical reality of breathtakingly beautiful land and cities but the Platonic America that is out there unseen but real, A Shining City On the Hill.

That America welcomes all who love her and share that vision. Those who only seek to have their hatreds and desires subsidized by the labor of others may invade America but they cannot join her.
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A service buddy, who retired a SgtMaj, lied about his age when he enlisted. He ''celebrated'' his 17th birthday in the retreat. Thanks to a kindly Gunny Sgt he was put in a relatively safe location where his biggest enemy was the cold. But he wasn't totally safe and had some stories to tell.

In his whole career, including 3 tours in the 'Nam, he was never injured by enemy action--''not even a scratch'' he told me once--but did break some bones falling off a truck.
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A very good friend was a Reserve 1st lieutenant at Chosin, and he was the sole remaining officer as the remains of his company took the point on the trip to Hungnam, directly behind them a convoy of 400 wounded marines. On the way they received heavy mortar fire from Chinese in the hills lining the road, and my friend and his severely depleted company ran them off the hills, saving the lives of those 400 wounded marines. He got the Navy Cross for this, and to the end of his days a very large Marine Corps flag flew from his house. Semper Fi.
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Walt - was his name Ed Seeburger? That sounds like the citation I heard read
at a very moving evening at Marine Barracks Washington in 1995. I'll never forget that event. My foreign exchange student, upon hearing the citation read by SECNAV, whispered "“My God, how could he do that?” and I explained that those 22 men over there with the blue ribbon around their neck did even more. She was really quiet for a while, and then she said “Americans really love their country, don’t they?”
PM me at ameridaddyatverizondotnet and I'll tell you more about it.
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The Chinese name for the "human wave" tactic was the "short attack". The concept was to pile on in a very narrow front using assault groups of about 50 men, one group after the other. The assault groups were led by grenadiers, who carried bags and satchels of grenades. Their job was to take out the machine guns. Right behind the grenadiers were submachine-gunners whose job it was to finish off the stunned survivors in the foxholes.

The idea was to creep close at night and hit a platoon frontage with this massive "short attack" which must have seemed to its recipients nothing short of a "human wave". But it was not a Great War style mass attack, across a broad front, rather it was an attempt to overwhelm a very small sector. As such it was not a stupid tactic, but given their circumstances quite a sensible one.

The Chinese must have borrowed the notion, at least partially, from the Japanese Banzai attack. Where it went wrong for the Chinese was the Marines had fought the Japanese too and had evolved counter Banzai measures, such as a fire team structure, with a BAR for every four men, plus scads of heavy and light Browning machine guns. At the Chosin they had taken the trouble to register artillery concentrations to their front and so when the Chinese attacked, they bitterly concluded they had been lured into "fire nets".

Plus, the Marines had the tendency to keep back reserves and counterattack before the exhaused "short attackers" could dig in. And the expenditure of many hundreds of Chinese casualties might come to naught through these sealing off tactics. Thus, the "human wave" system failed to work as designed unless it was applied to an appalling degree.

Each side fought asymmetrically, playing to their respective strengths. The Chinese might have won if once the Marines had become immobilized. But they understood this was fatal and kept maneuvering, sensing that the comms impaired Chinese could not keep up.
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The old question arises, "How many Chinese are in a horde?" The answer is five, waves of five troops one after the other.
At fifty men that would be ten waves of five men.
As soon as the first five are taken down five more appear and so on until weapons begin to jam and fail, ammo runs out or casualties among the attacked mount and people begin the retrograde to the rear or stand and fight and are overwhelmed.
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I understand that the Chinese troops/units sent to fight in Korea were overwhelmingly Southern Chinese, from districts considered politically unreliable and possibly sympathetic to Chiang, so losses would have a socially redeeming factor.
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If you look at North Korea is narrows at a waist and then blows out to a very wide front along the Yalu. MacArthur's forces had to spread out and simultaneously come close to Chinese forces, which lacking a logistical system could only move short distances with small loads of food and ammo to maintain stealth. And so the 8th Army and X Corps approached unawares ...

The CCF waited until the US forces reached the border with huge gaps between the units caused by the the sheer distances and then they struck. The Chinese strategy resembled that of an ambush predator. But like an ambush predator, it had to get you on the first jump otherwise the more agile prey would get away. RCT 31 was seized on the first pounce and its neck was wrung. But the First Marine Division's leaders instinctively understood that they must not be pinned down; that they had to recover the initiative by moving. The key manuever was to disengage in good order from Yudam-ni and snowball the division down the main supply route to the sea, picking up its elements all the way to Hungnam.

They understood too that to move down the road they had to take the hills on either side. To this end their infantry leapfrogged peak to peak on both sides of the the road. The Marine regiments essentially were deployed cross country to hills on either side and only the division trains, with the trucks and wounded and armor, moved down the road.

Once the First Marine Division started to move and maneuver, the advantage was all theirs. The Chinese Army, without good comms and carrying only limited ammo, basically dug in along the sides and awaited the onset. Each unit was taken in the flank by the Marine regiments and pounded by the Corsairs. They died piecemeal.

The further the Marines got the more the advantage shifted to them, as the Chinese got further from their base of supplies and the Marine force increased as it picked up units. By the time it reached the sea the Chinese 9th Army, which was Mao's elite, and reserved for the invasion of Formosa, was stretched to its last vaporous limit, its units perishing from the cold, literally starved and cut off from each other except by runner.

The damage to them was terrible. The Chinese 9th requested 60,000 replacements. Many of these men died not by arms but from the cold and there are many accounts of Marines finding whole Chinese units frozen dead like terra-cotta statues in their icy foxholes, faithful to the last but fruitlessly so.

The Chinese anticipated the idea of a giant "Dien Bien Phu", and so it would have proved if the Marines had delayed or been confused. But it was as if Gen Smith had picked up the perimeter and walked it to the sea instead of staying still. To the end the Chinese were outside the wire and the wire was moving all the time.

The Korean war could have ended right there if the First Marines had been annihilated. Truman might not have survived politically and the Cold War gone differently. MacArthur's reputation would have perished as well. But by the operation of some instinct Smith and his men got everything right: the logistics, the airfields, the concept of operations, the air support, and the tactical leadership.

If South Korea exists today it was because of the miracle at the Frozen Chosin.
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If America hadn't been through this "one time, never again" Latino amnesty reform under Ronald Reagan, the progressives might have a bit of credibility on the issue. So, we grant their argument, that the 11 million (certainly an understated figure, probably more like 30 million) illegal immigrants will make great Americans, if only we give them the opportunity. So we make that "one time, oops, second time exception" to all the immigration laws, and put Latinos and in particular, Mexicans at the front of the immigration line in front of every other potential immigrant from any nation on earth, absent any qualification criteria other than they broke the law and got here however they could.

Would the progressives:

* Agree to prevent this class of immigrants from sponsoring future immigrants for at least 30 years, to prevent the 30 million (oops, I really meant 11 million) from becoming an 100 million invasion within 5 years?

* Agree to mandatory 2 year, Sheriff Joe type prison terms at hard labor, and confiscation of any and all wealth, followed by prompt deportation with a lifetime ban from ever entering the USA again, for future illegal immigrants?

* Agree to really, truly, ACTUALLY secure borders with sensors, dogs, drones, and all the rest to seal off the borders, and prosecution of any of those aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, including employers, AND state and local officials who provide safe harbor for immigrants?

* Agree to stop redefining the damn English language so that there is no such thing as "undocumented workers"?

* Agree to reform the immigration system to prevent in effect, indentured servitude of technology workers, foreign and domestic, by a conglomerate of staffing companies who take "free" US VISA's and "sell them" to workers at the cost of a significant amount of their pay, for benefit of "sponsoring" or allowing foreign nationals to work in the USA, thereby depressing the wages and opportunities for American workers?

No? Would all that be too "draconian"? The SHUT THE F**CK UP, because you don't mean one word you say about immigration reform if you aren't willing to do more than Congress under Reagan did to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and the abuse of the legal immigration system.

I have a brother-in-law in the Philippines who waited 30 years for his VISA, but his sponsoring mother just died at age 95 yrs, so his "turn" will never arrive, nor his children's. All of his brothers and sisters are already here. He's a college educated, white collar professional, but he's not young and in the "correct" talent pool to come over on an H1B Visa. Why is he less deserving than every one of the 11 million Latino's who are the major cause celebre for progressives right and left??

"Immigration reform" means choosing, establishing qualification criteria for prioritization, and ensuring the protection of American sovereignty. There's NOTHING in the progressive's handbook dealing with any of these. It's all about "entitling" the progressive left to more political power, at the cost of all of diminished American security, sovereign authority, and the protection of her nationals.

Now, if you want to call this white boy "racist" because I oppose your "immigration reform" for all the reasons I cited above, come visit with my "brown" children and then say that to my face. And bring your friends, lots of friends, because trust me, you'll need them.

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How about calling them "ununiformed invaders"? That way the Geneva Convention could kick in aith penalties for illegal warriors. Any and all taken in possession of weapons larger than pen knives, or drug contraband to be executed after drumhead tribunals.
English only laws, and profiling for enforcement. The smaller fraction able and willing to assimilate into the larger "Gringo" culture. Would not be a problem.
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How about making all those who are DREAMERS wait until they have lived in the USA for 21 continuous years before being granted the right to vote?

I have thousands of native born, American contemporaries, whose names are now etched on a black wall in Washington D.C., who NEVER got to vote, but who gave their lives for their country. Back during Vietnam, you had to be 21 to vote, and only 18 to be subjected to the draft. Thousands of young men between the ages of 18 and 20 were killed.

I am a native born American and I couldn't vote until I was 21. So how do the anchor babies of illegal aliens get a better deal?

Then make it impossible for illegal alien parents to ever vote. Without the vote, the illegals lose much of their political power. Felons don't get to vote, illegal aliens shouldn't either.
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Sounds good, but it creates "Second Class Citizens", and that's not fair! Ask any Democrat trolling for votes, and they'll tell you.... AFTER you pass the bill. Immediate campaign to help get the 'voters' out of the shadows.

Current voting age has been moved to 18, so soldiers can all vote, but they can't have a beer afterward as the legal age for alcohol was raised to 21 at the behest of the Federales.
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I'd be happy if Congress' first and only reform made jumping the border a felony instead of its current misdemeanor status and let border states enforce it. Mexico treats illegal border crossing as a felony; turnabout's only fair.
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"All of his brothers and sisters are already here..."
and had to make this point (but PJM shut down the editor midstream)

.. and they arrived here LEGALLY, too.

EVERY sibling has a college education, as do their children (or in progress for a few younger ones). They waited their turn, followed the law, and "did it right". The one exception, the oldest brother, was here legally, and then returned home to marry his girlfriend. The INS called his immigration request fraudulent, revoked his VISA (after 2 years in the US), and prevented him from returning to the USA. He's been waiting since for the opportunity to return. THAT's the immigration policy the progressive's intend, i.e. arbitrary, capricious, and politically focused.
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