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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lafayette Junior

Major Charles E. Stanton served as General Black Jack Pershing's chief disbursing officer and aide when the U.S. expeditionary force arrived in France in 1917 to save the allies in World War I. Stanton gave a speech to civic leaders in Paris on July 4, 1917, at the memorial to Lafayette.

"America has joined forces with the Allied Powers, and what we have of blood and treasure are yours. Therefore it is that with loving pride we drape the colors in tribute of respect to this citizen of your great republic. And here and now, in the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying this war to a successful issue. Lafayette, we are here," Stanton said.

As we no longer teach American history, a few readers may not know who Lafayette was.

One of the richest men in France, the 19-year-old Lafayette set sail for America to join the Revolution on March 25, 1777. Upon meeting him, Washington took a liking. Lafayette became the son Washington never had. They were the two most important heroes of our War for Independence.

On Monday night, the 21st century Washington and Lafayette toured Mount Vernon with their wives.

"Macron's pomp-filled three-day state visit to Washington underscores the importance that both sides attach to the relationship: Macron, who calls Trump often, has emerged as something of a Trump whisperer at a time when the American president's relationships with other European leaders are more strained," the Associated Press reported.

Trump whisperer?

Oh the vapors from the swamp cloud the mind.

"The Trumps and Macrons planned to plant a tree on the White House grounds together before boarding Trump's Marine One helicopter for a scenic tour of monuments built in the capital city designed by French-born Pierre L'Enfant as they fly south to Mount Vernon, the first U.S. president's home along the Potomac River," the report said.

"The young oak is an environmentally friendly gift to the White House from Macron, and one that also bears historical significance. It sprouted at a World War I site in France, the Battle of Belleau Wood, that became part of U.S. Marine Corps lore."

The Marines acquitted themselves quite well against five divisions of battle-hardened Germans. Pershing called it the most significant battle since Appomattox. A century later, France remembers how our Marines saved France.

Lafayette Junior is an accomplished man who made a fortune as an investment banker before seeking the presidency.

I think Macron will return on Veterans Day for that big military parade the press derided as Trump's ego trip.

The parade will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War.


  1. Macron becomes more likeable to me.

    1. Same. Time for our and the French press to start trashing him.

    2. In France many think Macron is gay and his marriage a sham but since the French despised his socialist predecessor so truly and completely his personal life became unimportant. France is a weak country in every way imaginable.Indeed, Macron needs Trump to help him stare down Merkle. He knows Trump doesn't sync with her and vice versa. He may be a nice guy but it is DT who is Lafayette this time. I also agree with S above that the press will find some hate for M. It was reported today that the NYT had made a billion dollars trashing Trump. They will dump some trash on Macron soon. They have much bile left in storage, well preserved, pristine.

    3. Macron is likeable but that dandruff he has .... oh, gross. Thank goodness President Dennison swiped it of his lapel in front of the whole world and called him on it.

      Small sacrifice for Macron who is getting Dennison to reconsider pulling troops out of Syria and to honor the Iran sanctions deal.

    4. Some people have no sense of humor. We call them Lefties.

      And Trump will do with Syria and Iran what he pleases. Given the "earthquake" near Bushehr, we may be seeing the end of the Axis of Evil.

      Leftists hardest hit.

    5. Rods from God, Ed! Hahaha!

  2. What I found most amusing in all of this . . .

    Macron came with a specific purpose (a la EU) - to get Trump to honor the shyte deal the Bammster made with Iran. Ain't gonna happen. Just wait, watch and see.

    But yesterday Donald got him to increase their own defense costs to NATO. A clear message to the rest of the pikers in Europe!

  3. After the Bastille fell, leading up to the French Revolution, LaFayette sent it to George Washington - you can see it still - at the bottom of the staircase at Mount Vernon.

    1. Of course you are referring to the key to the gate of the Bastille. Saw in on my last visit to Mt. Vernon.

    2. Lafayette came to a bad end with the French Rev.
      American patriots will remember and honor him, though.

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    4. These days, one might wish that President Macron had brought a different gift: perhaps a guillotine would be appropriate.

      Or perhaps we could send our traitors to France, where the key to the Bastille could be used once again to lock them away!

  4. Had a Gr. Uncle that was gassed at Belleau Wood. he died later.
    Another name for Belleau wood is :"the woods of the American Marines."
    Alway wondered what would've happened if the Navy did close air support and the Marines were at D-day at Omaha beach...

    1. Ernie King wanted all the carriers in the Pacific and the Marines weren't needed.

      We had the Rangers.

    2. There were lots of 'carriers' providing close air support at Normandy. Most people called them airbases in England.

      The effectiveness of the AAF ground attack programs was proven during the Battle of the Bulge, when the AAF was essentially grounded due to bad weather. The change of the weather really signified the turning of the whole shebang. Suddenly, supply planes and ground attack aircraft were able to reach the bulge, and help turn the tide.

      Carriers weren't needed for the invasion. But they were essential to the Pacific War. Especially in the Island Hopping campaigns of the Central Pacific.

      As to Marines, again, not needed. We were able to put an Army's equipment ashore rather rapidly, including artillery, armor and transport.

      The Marines, even in the Pacific, tended to have a much more limited logistics tail, thus were better suited for island fighting than the troops assigned to Europe. (Yes, I know, lots of Army troops in the Pacific, even in the Island Hopping campaigns, but they tended to be more 'Marine' in numbers of tanks and tubes than an equivalent unit assigned to Africa or Europe.

  5. Here in Australia it is 25 April, which is our veterans day. ANZAC Day 2018 is the 103rd anniversary of the combined British, Australian and New Zealand landings on the Dardanelles Peninsula.

    Later today many Australians will be in France for ANZAC Day dawn services, especially at Villers-Bretonneux and Fromelles, where Australian war cemeteries are located. About 50,000 Australian soldiers rest in peace in the fields of France with their comrades from the USA who likewise fell.

    First World War 1914–18 - Australian War Memorial

    May all veterans today, including our host, have a good day!

    1. Curse those damn generals that sent so many brave boys to slaughter. Too stupid to figure out warfare had changed.

    2. I lift a Bud to your brave ancestors, Bruce. The Aussies have always been good good friends with this guy. I jumped in the air when Scotty made that putt at Augusta.