Thursday, December 17, 2009
[1903 - First powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina by Wright Bros.]
[1941 - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz named Commander in Chief,
US Pacific Fleet, to relieve Admiral Husband Kimmel]
[1991 - Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agree to dissolve the Soviet Union by the new year]
In the Old Navy it only took ten days for the leadership to figure out that the Admiral who permitted December 7, 1941, to live in infamy should be canned and replaced by a competent officer. In this century we rewarded the failed leader who permitted September 11, 2001, to live in infamy by giving him an additional four years in office so that he could pin medals on his pals. Recall that President Bush in his second term awarded the Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor this nation can bestow) to three individuals. In one ceremony he made heroes of George Tenent, the former intelligence chief whose junk information about WMD led to the disastrous war in Iraq, Tommy Franks, the former general who was rolled by the pentagon into accepting an inadequate force to secure that country after it was captured, and Paul Bremer, the ambassador who bungled the occupation and allowed it to degenerate into chaos and insurgency.
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