Friday, June 25, 2010

On this day ...

... In 1876, General George Armstrong Custer had an Epic Diplomacy Fail and went out in a blaze of glorious history at the hands of some monumentally cheesed-off Lakota and Cheyenne at the Battle on the Greasy Grass.

Of course, he also managed to take most of his command with him -- no word on how they might have felt about the whole "Noble Matyrdom" thing.

... In 1950, the North Korean People's Army announced that the South Koreans might be considering some kind of cross-border raid some time in the future and decided to go ahead and repel it. Just in case.

When it was pointed out that North Korea's "spontaneous response" involved a well-coordinated pre-dawn push by armour and about 90,000 infantry, supported by artillery and mortar fire, the Norks responded by blowing raspberries and bellowing, "All Your Seoul Are Belong To Us!"

And so a war that lasted for three years gave us a TeeVee show that lasted for eleven years; and a cease-fire that has lasted (more-or-less) for fifty-seven years.

... Aaaand Michael Jackson is still dead.

LawDog

10 comments:

Groundhog said...

Michael Jackson is dead?!?! How'd I miss that...

Tim Covington said...

The only reason Custer's career lasted as long as it did and he went as far as he did was because he was a great PR man. The man was both strategically and tactically a moron.

Why, yes I do have strong opinions on the subject. Why do you ask?

K. Erickson said...

Facts are so inconvenient in hindsight. It really interferes with telling a good story sometimes. It's a shame MJ is still dead. He could reenact his Thriller video with devastating realism if he'd just pop out of his crypt for a bit.

Anonymous said...

Yup. Custer's STILL Dead!
Ulises from CA

george said...

i miss M.J. ............ oh wait, no I don't.

Old NFO said...

I must say, that is quite a mix of "facts" for the day... I hear they're hoping for a revival with Elvis...

Desertrat said...

Korea? I was two days out of Yokohama, San Francisco-bound on a passenger freighter when the North headed south. The Russians were jamming the radios, so we didn't really know what was going on.

Right at four years later I began a 16-month tour of occupation duty there.

"Educational" is about the best I can do in a family publication.

Art

Pedro the Ignorant said...

My father lost two toes to a NorK/ChiCom bullet in 1951.
He was medevaced to a Turkish aid post and flown to a US managed Japanese hospital aboard a British aircraft.

That was when the United Nations meant something and was not run by statist thugs.

Jeff Gauch said...

Pedro, that was because the Chinese vote on the UNSC was controlled from Taiwan which caused the USSR to boycott the UN, thus no statist thugs. It's also the last time anyone boycotted the UNSC.

Would be interesting to know what would have happened if the USSR hadn't left and vetoed the resolution.

MAJ Arkay said...

Ah, the LawDog is back and in fine authorian fettle.