My old friend Jack Peck sent me this dynamite gathering of facts about George Soros that will curl or straighten your hair when you read these facts. I have not been so utterly captivated since I wrote the articles about Tavistock. Another old friend, Phil Sizer, motivated me to do the Tavistock investigation which is filled with intrigue like what you are about to read. How one man who is less than three weeks older than myself can amass so much power is fascinating and scary. Grab yourself a cool one, prepare yourself for a trip covering the last 86 years and wrecked countries worldwide. When you finish the next some 2500 words you will wonder how Hillary lost. It will take more than Trump to fend off this demon if “Fat Lady” does not sing at his demise. The world will never miss a despot like Soros. This will drive me to dig to. C Brewer
Steve Kroft (born August 22, 1945) is an American journalist and a longtime correspondent for “60 Minutes”. His investigative reporting has garnered him much acclaim, including three Peabody Awards and nine Emmy awards, one of which was an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.
FROM STEVE KROFT (“60 Minutes”)
Glen Beck has been developing material to show all the ties that Soros has through the nation and world along with his goals. This article is written by Steve Kroft from “60 Minutes”. It begins to piece together the rise of Obama and his behavior in leading the nation along with many members of Congress (the Democrats, such as the election of Pelosi as the minority leader in Congress).
If you have wondered where Obama came from and just how he quickly moved from obscurity to President, or why the media is “selective” in what we are told, here is the man who most probably put him there and is responsible. He controls President Obama’s every move. Think this is absurd? Invest a few minutes and read this. You won’t regret it.
Who is Obama? Obama is a puppet and here is the explanation of the man or demon that pulls his strings. It’s not by chance that Obama can manipulate the world. After reading this and Obama’s reluctance to accept help on the oil spill you wonder if the spill is part of the plan to destroy the US? “In history, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet someone planned it.” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Who Is George Soros? He brought the market down in 2 days. Here is what CBS’ Mr. Steve Kroft’s research has turned up. It’s a bit of a read, and it took 4 months to put it together. “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States of America.” ~ George Soros”
George Soros is an evil man. He’s anti-God, anti-family, anti-American, and anti-good.” He killed and robbed his own Jewish people. What we have in Soros, is a multi-billionaire atheist, with skewed moral values, and a sociopath’s lack of conscience. He considers himself to be an elitist world class philosopher, despises the American way, and just loves to do social engineering and change cultures.
Garry Schwartz, better known to the world as George Soros, was born August 12, 1930, in Hungary. Soros’ father, Tivadar, was a fervent practitioner of the Esperanto language invented in 1887and designed to be the first global language, free of any national identity. The Schwartz’s, who were non-practicing Jews, changed the family name to Soros, to facilitate assimilation into the Gentile population, as the Nazis spread into Hungary during the 1930s.
When Hitler’s henchman, Adolf Eichmann arrived in Hungary, to oversee the murder of that country’s Jews, George Soros ended up with a man whose job was confiscating property from the Jewish population. Soros went with him on his rounds.
Soros has repeatedly called 1944 “the best year of his life.” 70% of Mr. Soros’s fellow Jews in Hungary, nearly a half-million human beings, were annihilated in that year, yet he gives no sign that this put any damper on his elation, either at the time or indeed in retrospect”. During an interview with “Sixty Minute’s” Steve Kroft, Soros was asked about his “best year.”
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from your Jews, friends and neighbors.
SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many, years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: No, not at all. Not at all, I rather enjoyed it.
KROFT: No feelings of guilt?
SOROS: No, only feelings of absolute power.
In his article, Muravchik describes how Soros has admitted to having carried some rather “potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise they might get me in trouble.” Be that as it may. After WWII, Soros attended the London School of Economics, where he fell under the thrall of fellow atheist and Hungarian, Karl Popper, one of his professors. Popper was a mentor to Soros until Popper’s death in 1994. Two of Popper’s most influential teachings concerned “the open society,” and Fallibilism.
Fallibilism is the philosophical doctrine that all claims of knowledge could, in principle, be mistaken. (Then again, I could be wrong about that.) The “open society” basically refers to a “test and evaluate” approach to social engineering. Regarding “open society” Roy Childs writes, “Since the Second World War, most of the Western democracies have followed Popper’s advice about piecemeal social engineering and democratic social reform, and it has gotten them into a grand mess.”
In 1956 Soros moved to New York City, where he worked on Wall Street and started amassing his fortune. He specialized in hedge funds and currency speculation. Soros is ruthless, amoral, and clever in his business dealings, and quickly made his fortune. By the 1980s he was well on his way to becoming the global powerhouse that he is today.
In an article Kyle-Anne Shiver wrote for “The American Thinker” she says, “Soros made his first billion in 1992 by shorting the British pound with leveraged billions in financial bets, and became known as the man who broke the Bank of England. He broke it on the backs of hard-working British citizens who immediately saw their homes severely devalued and their life savings cut drastically, almost overnight.”
In 1994 Soros crowed in “The New Republic,” that “the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire.” The Russia-gate scandal in 1999, which almost collapsed the Russian economy, was labeled by Rep. Jim Leach, then head of the House Banking Committee, to be “one of the greatest social robberies in human history. “The “Soros Empire” indeed.
In 1997 Soros almost destroyed the economies of Thailand and Malaysia. At the time, Malaysia ‘s Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad, called Soros “a villain, and a moron.” Thai activist Weng Tojirakarn said, “We regard George Soros as a kind of Dracula. He sucks the blood from the people.”
The website Greek National Pride reports, “Soros was part of the full court press that dismantled Yugoslavia and caused trouble in Georgia, Ukraine and Myanmar [ Burma]. Calling himself a philanthropist, Soros’ role is to tighten the ideological stranglehold of globalization and the New World Order while promoting his own financial gain. He is without conscience; a capitalist who functions with absolute amorality.”
France has upheld an earlier conviction against Soros, for felony insider trading. Soros was fined 2.9 million dollars. Recently, his native Hungary fined Soros 2.2 million dollars for “illegal market manipulation.” Elizabeth Crum writes that the Hungarian economy has been in a state of transition as the country seeks to become more financially stable and westernized. Soros deliberately driving down the share price of its largest bank put Hungary ‘s economy into a wicked tailspin, one from which it is still trying to recover.
My point here is that Soros is a planetary parasite. His grasp, greed, and gluttony have a global reach. But what about America? Soros told Australia ‘s national newspaper “The Australian.” ” America, as the center of the globalized financial markets, was sucking up the savings of the world. This is now over. “The game is out,” he said, adding that the time has come for “a very serious adjustment” in American’s consumption habits. He implied that he was the one with the power to bring this about.”
Soros: “World financial crisis was “stimulating” and “in a way, the culmination of my life’s work.”
Obama has recently promised 10 billion of our tax dollars to Brazil, to give them a leg-up in expanding their offshore oil fields. Obama’s largesse towards Brazil came shortly after his political financial backer, George Soros, invested heavily in Brazilian oil (Petrobras).
Tait Trussel writes, “The Petrobras loan may be a windfall for Soros and Brazil, but it is a bad deal for the U.S. The American Petroleum Institute estimates that oil exploration in the U S could create 160,000 new, well-paying jobs, as well as $1.7 trillion in revenues to federal, state, and local governments, all while fostering greater energy security and independence.”
A blog you might want to keep an eye on is SorosWatch.com<http://soroswat ch.com/>. Their mission: “This blog is dedicated to all who have suffered due to the ruthless financial pursuits of George Soros. Your stories are many and varied, but the theme is the same: the destructive power of greed without conscience. We pledge to tirelessly watch Soros wherever he goes and to print the truth in the hope that he will one day be made to stop preying upon the world’s poor, that justice will be served.”
Back to America. Soros has been actively working to destroy America from the inside out for some years now. People have been warning us. Two years ago, news sources reported that “Soros [is] an extremist who wants open borders, a one-world foreign policy, legalized drugs, euthanasia, and on and on. This is off-the-chart dangerous. In 1997 Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote, “Soros uses his philanthropy to change or more accurately deconstruct the moral values and attitudes of the Western world, and particularly of the American people”. His “open society” is not about freedom; it is about license. His vision rejects the notion of ordered liberty, in favor of a PROGRESSIVE ideology of rights and entitlements.
Perhaps the most important of these “whistle blowers” are David Horowitz and Richard Poe. Their book, “The Shadow Party”, outlines in detail how Soros hijacked the Democratic Party, and now owns it lock, stock, and barrel. Soros has been packing the Democratic Party with radicalsand ousting moderate Democrats for years. The Shadow Party became the Shadow Government, which recently became the Obama Administration.
Discover the Networks.org<http://networks.o rg/> (another good source) writes, “By his [Soros’] own admission, he helped engineer coups in Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, and Yugoslavia. When Soros targets a country for “regime change,” he begins by creating a shadow government, a fully formed government-in-exile, ready to assume power when the opportunity arises. The Shadow Party he has built in America greatly resembles those he has created in other countries prior to instigating a coup.”
November 2008 edition of the German magazine, “Der Spiegel,” in which Soros gives his opinion on what the next POTUS (President of the U. S.) should do after taking office. “I think we need a large stimulus package.” Soros thought that around 600 billion would be about right. Soros also said that “I think Obama presents us a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The U.S. needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights.”
Although Soros doesn’t (yet) own the Republican Party, like he does the Democrats, make no mistake, his tentacles are spread throughout the Republican Party as well.
Soros is a partner in the Carlyle Group where he has invested more than 100 million dollars. Per an article by “The Baltimore Chronicle’s” Alice Cherbonnier, the Carlyle Group is run by “a veritable who’s who of former Republican leaders,” from CIA man, Frank Carlucci, to CIA head and ex-President George Bush, Sr.
In late 2006, Soros bought about 2 million shares of Halliburton, Dick Cheney’s old stomping grounds. When the Democrats and Republicans held their conventions in 2000, Soros held Shadow Party conventions in the same cities, at the same time. In 2008, Soros donated $5,000,000,000 (that’s Five Billion) to the Democratic National Committee, DNC, to insure Obama’s win and wins for many other Alinsky trained Radical Rules Anti-American Socialist. George has been contributing a billion plus to the DNC since Clinton came on the scene.
Soros has dirtied both sides of the aisle, trust me. And if that weren’t bad enough, he has long held connections with the CIA. And I mustn’t forget to mention Soros’ involvement with the MSM (Main Stream Media), the entertainment industry (e.g. he owns 2.6 million shares of Time Warner), and the various political advertising organizations he funnels millions to. In short, George Soros controls or influences most of the MSM. Little wonder they ignore the TEA PARTY, Soros’ NEMESIS.
As Matthew Vadum writes, “The liberal billionaire-turned-philanthropist has been buying up media properties for years to drive home his message to the American public that they are too materialistic, too wasteful, too selfish, and too stupid to decide for themselves how to run their own lives.”
Richard Poe writes, “Soros’ private philanthropy, totaling nearly $5 billion, continues undermining America ‘s traditional Western values. His giving has provided funding of abortion rights, atheism, drug legalization, sex education, euthanasia, feminism, gun control, globalization, mass immigration, gay marriage and other radical experiments in social engineering.”
Some of the many NGOs (Non-Government Organizations) that Soros funds with his billions are: MoveOn.org, the Apollo Alliance, Media Matters for America, the Tides Foundation, the ACLU, ACORN, PDIA (Project on Death in America), La Raza, and many more. For a more complete list, with brief descriptions of the NGOs, go to DiscoverTheNetworks.org<http:/ /discover the networks.org/>.
Poe continues, “Through his global web of Open Society Institutes and Open Society Foundations, Soros has spent 25 years recruiting, training, indoctrinating and installing a network of loyal operatives in 50 countries, placing them in positions of influence and power in media, government, finance and academia.”
Without Soros’ money, would the Saul Alinsky’s Chicago machine still be rolling? Would SEIU, ACORN, and La Raza still be pursuing their nefarious activities? Would big money and lobbyists still be corrupting government? Would our college campuses still be retirement homes for 1960s radicals?
America stands at the brink of an abyss, and that fact is directly attributable to Soros. Soros has vigorously, cleverly, and insidiously planned the ruination of America and his puppet, Barack Obama is leading the way.
The words of Patrick Henry are apropos: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” —–
Above information researched by CBS Steve Kroft
If you have read this to the end, and you are a true patriotic American, then you will not have a problem forwarding it.
My good friend Dr. Peter Forrest shared this look into the entertainment world. None of this surprised me as I seldom or never watch a movie unless a proven conservative like Clint Eastwood, Tom Selleck and the few others who have been brave enough to openly admit their conservative credentials. I have no idea who amassed this material but I would like to give them credit unless they desire to remain unknown?
Actors live in a make believe world and we buy into their world which gives them power, prestige and influence…..Of course, many actors are truly smart but that does not give them expertise just a soap box. It is up to us to expose fraud from truth, honest words from script.
The Einstein’s of Hollywood
Ever looked up the education credentials of Hollywood and New York soothsayers? Most of them rely on knowledge clouds drifting across the Pacific, perhaps from an Asian mystic who wears lots of colorful beads.
The mystic has brought them deep understanding of economics, governance, military affairs and especially science. It inspires bold words on most topics.
LEONARDO DiCaprio’s self-declared climate expertise enables him to speak on the world’s environmental issues with a high-school education. He never took a college biology, chemistry, physics or climatology course, yet he knows more than most scientists. He proved that by addressing climate change before a full gathering of the UN.
SEAN PENN’s quick takes on everything put him at the lofty level of an Einstein. He visited Iraq once and became an expert on that country. The same for Iran. He also became buddies with the brutal Venezuelan communist Hugo Chavez and consistently lauded that murderous thug. Now that Chavez is gone and Venezuelans are raiding dumpsters for food scraps, Penn is having a rare silent moment. Penn deserves some credit for becoming a world-affairs genius based on two years of auto mechanics classes at Santa Monica College.
KATY PERRY’s passion about politics and economics freed her to quit high school at 15 without compromising her expert status. She recently demonstrated wizardry by making an anti-Trump video. It suggested the new president would commit acts similar to forced World War II lockups of loyal Japanese Americans. Perry probably did not know the internment plan was developed and executed by DEMOCRAT President Roosevelt.
ROBERT Danio must also be a quick learner. He acquired amazing scientific knowledge before dropping out of high school. He knows so much about geology that he joined Artists Against Fracking. (All the producing wells in his native Manhattan must have provided first-hand experience.) He’s also an expert on pediatric medicine, enabling him to speak often against vaccinating infants and children.
HARRY BELAFONTE is another multiple-subject whiz who needed little formal education. Some people might think this talented singer might limit his words to songs since his IQ is so low. Don’t worry. Despite advancing age, he remains expert on most things. When black people of greater intelligence (that’s most black people) say something moderate or conservative, he hurls “the N word” at them. Decades ago, he loudly denounced Reagan’s elimination of CETA, the Comprehensive Employment Training Act. It was one of the most wasteful federal programs ever — many vanished dollars, few jobs. Belafonte tore into Reagan during an interview. Finally, the interviewer asked Belafonte what CETA stood for. Belafonte had no clue. He knew almost nothing about the act.
ROSIE O’DONNELL was my personal favorite long before her hateful remark that Trump’s 10-year-old son looked autistic. Her coarse philosophy must be that if you say something loudly, it need not be correct. She also must have skipped chemistry during her high-school education. Otherwise, she would have not have offered “proof” that 9/11 was an inside job. She often bellowed accumulated vast theological knowledge by age 9, when he was “ordained” as a preacher. He didn’t need more than a high-school education to keep marching forward. His most successful high school class must have been “Shystehood”. Despite one scandal after another, his 2004 run for president stands out. The Federal Election Commission forced him to return $100,000 in taxpayer money provided by FEC. One of many abuses was his $145,146 charge for “Campaign letter preparation — Kinko’s.” Later, FEC fined Sharpton $285,000.that planes could not have brought down the Twin Towers because “steel doesn’t burn.” This constant jackass must not know that high temperatures DO reduce steel’s strength.
AL SHARPTON would be America’s greatest at-large criminal, if not for Hillary’s tens of millions swapped for influence and favors. Sharpton owes nearly $5 million in delinquent taxes to IRS and New York State. Makes you wonder why NBC/MSNBC would ever hire him. Sharpton
JULIA ROBERTS proves that physical beauty does not ensure a beautiful brain. She had a fling at Georgia State University before pursuing acting lessons and joining a modeling group. Her acting and modeling skills guided her to such thoughtful observations as “Republican” comes between “reptile and “repugnant” in the dictionary. Impressed?
BROOKE SHIELDS, an Obama supporter, verifies the Roberts theory – that physical beauty does not guarantee a beautiful brain. During her days as a boisterous animal-rights supporter, Shields had a mink coat custom-made.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Somebody please whisper to Springsteen that his party’s business-crunching regulations and world-leading corporate tax rate compels U.S. manufacturers to go elsewhere.
Finally, two others are outside the entertainment world, disqualifying them from winning an Oscar, Emmy or Grammy. Politicians Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters do compete for the Rock Head of the Year trophy each time they speak. Pelosi frequently wins with comments like needing to pass a bill “so we can find out what’s in it.” Waters has already locked up the 2017 trophy for suggesting a Trump impeachment over his campaign antics. Listen closely, Maxine. “Presidents can be impeached only for what they do in office could have been No. 1 on this list. He squabbled with nuns when in Catholic school. Transferring to a public school, he thought so little of the education experience that he skipped graduation. Had he gone to college, he might have majored in Hate 101. That’s what we hear when he’s not singing. He claims Trump is a “moron” who advocates “white nationalism.” Springsteen demonstrates the analytical skills’ void of most show-biz folk when he laments America’s industrialization decline.
I hope you enjoy learning how smart some of these folks have become parading in front of a camera. If I were allowed to vote on which entertainer or the two astute Congresswomen would win an Oscar for “DUMB””, Maxine is the winner. C Brewer
My friend, Jim Heck, shared this story I doubt ever made the left wing news and their hate for the President of the United States. The Malinals who have been driven to frenzy by the Democrats with George Soros billions are a bunch of morons who are not worth a pimple on the butt of any American service member. These cowards hide behind the Progressive Professors, sneaky Democrats and our hate filled media that we over pay to spew hate. I had to share this with my blog family and beg them to add their comments to the posting. If this Mother’s feelings bother anyone go straight to hell.
Clyde Brewer. An old Salty Sailor 70 years ago.
Comment from KAREN VAUGHN Mother of Aaron Vaughn, Navy Seal, killed during operation enduring freedom in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011 when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.
I think the views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many others. Her characterization of Trump as the “Salty Sailor” or as “The Fireman”, paint an excellent picture!!. She has written many great books about her son and family…
“Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn’t mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn’t even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows he’s necessary for such a time as this.
I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election. And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.
He’s not like me. That’s okay with me. I don’t want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we’ve NEVER had a man like him lead our nation. It’s crazy and a little mind blowing at times. But I can’t help admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script.
I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he’s been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel.
I’m THRILLED with what he’s doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn’t matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others don’t see him through the same lens.
Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he’s pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! I’d CARE about what he was DOING. He wasn’t sent there to save my soul and I’m not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All I’m thinking in those moments is, “Thank you,
Jesus, for sending the fireman.”
This man is crass. Okay. He’s not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that he’s not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is rebuilding the nation my son died for…the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause. Forgive me if I’m smiling.”
Publishing this message makes me feel good and I hope I live long enough to see the liberal-Socialists cowards crawl back in their Hidey Holes like snakes. C B
Great Orators of intellectual Superiority.
Please pay specific attention to the political party represented. It does make a difference when you feel that common sense is important politically. I might add that over 50% of American voters will have no idea what I am talking about. If you are unsure ask a Conservative. Most Liberals are as illinformed as you are. C Brewer
Great orators from the past:
“One man with courage makes a majority.”
~ Andrew Jackson
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The buck stops here.”
~ Harry S. Truman
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
~ John F. Kennedy
Great Orators of the recent past:
“It depends what your definition of ‘is’ is?”
~ William Jefferson Clinton
“Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of marriage.”
~ John Edwards
“What difference does it make?” (re: Benghazi)
~ Hillary Clinton
“I invented the Internet.”
~ Al Gore
“America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to myself, uh, I don’t want that future, uh, for my children.”
~ Barack Obama
“I have campaigned in all 57 states.”
~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2008)
“You don’t need God anymore; you have us Democrats.”
~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted 2006)
“Paying taxes is voluntary.”
~ Sen. Harry Reid
“Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true, and honest than he is.”
~ Hillary Rodham Clinton (Quoted 1998)
“You have a business. You didn’t build that. Someone else did!”
~ Barack Obama (Quoted 2012)
And the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the “Mother Superior Moron”:
“We just have to pass the Health Care Bill, to see what’s in it.”
~ Nancy Pelosi (Quoted March, 2010 )
(As one Doctor said: “That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.”)
Beyond a doubt, the greatest statement of all was made by Democrat House Speaker
Sam Rayburn at the first Congressional session after Ted Kennedy was caught, on camera, having sex with one of his aides on the deck of his yacht ….
“Ah see that the good Senatuh from the great state of Massutwoshits has changed his position on off-shore drillin’.”
AND THE VERY LATEST FROM THIS DISFUNCTIONAL BUNCH IS…….
“My fear is if North Korea nukes us, Trump is gonna get us into a war.”
~ Maxine Waters (Quoted 2017)
Intellectual honesty is important, even to the honest voter or at least it was before votes were bought and paid for by the Progressive-Liberal Demoncrats of today. C Brewer
MEN WITH COURAGE DO NOT SLAY DRAGONS……THEY RIDE THEM!!! ANON
My great fried Ron Jenkins, retired, sent this to me. It was written by one of his old friends and fellow Air Force Officer who became a friend for life. Ron emficised one small item not noted in this beautiful article. When you endure the
rigors of the military you find out that you make lifelong friendships along the way and enjoy drifting back in retrospection together.
Even though my service in the US Navy was one tour I agree that you never forget the military life. I enlisted at 17 and they made a man out of a boy faster than you would believe. I have often wondered what my path through life would have been without the discipline, respect and military training I received. C Brewer
“You Can Leave The Military, But It Never Really Leaves You”.
By Ken Burger, The Charleston Post and Courier
Occasionally, I venture back out to the air base where I’m greeted by an imposing security guard who looks carefully at my identification card, hands it back and says, “Have a good day, Colonel.”
Every time I go back onto Offutt Air Force Base it feels good to be called by my previous rank, but odd to be in civilian clothes, walking among the servicemen and servicewomen going about their duties as I once did, years ago.
The military, for all its flaws, is a comfort zone for anyone who has ever worn the uniform. It’s a place where you know the rules and know they are enforced; a place where everybody is busy but not too busy to take care of business. Because there exists behind the gates of every military facility an institutional understanding of respect, order, uniformity, accountability and dedication that becomes part of your marrow and never, ever leaves you.
Personally, I miss the fact that you always knew where you stood in the military, and with whom you were dealing with. That’s because you could read somebody’s uniform from 20 feet away and know the score. Service personnel wear their careers on their sleeves, so to speak. When you approach each other, you can read their name tag, examine their rank and, if they are in dress uniform, read their ribbons and know where they’ve served.
I miss all those little things you take for granted when you’re in the ranks. To romanticize military service is to be far removed from its reality, because it’s very serious business, especially in times of war. But, I miss the salutes I’d throw at higher-ranking officers and the crisp returns as we crisscrossed on the flight line. I miss the smell of jet fuel hanging heavily on the night air and the sound of engines roaring down runways and disappearing into the clouds. I even miss the hurry-up-and-wait mentality that military men gripe about constantly, a masterful invention that bonded people more than they’ll ever know or admit.
I miss people taking off their hats when they enter a building, speaking directly and clearly to others and never showing disrespect for rank, race, religion or gender. Mostly I miss being a small cog in a machine so complex it constantly circumnavigates the Earth and so simple it feeds everyone on time, three times a day, on the ground, in the air or at sea. Mostly, I don’t know anyone who has served who regrets it, and doesn’t feel a sense of pride when they pass through those gates and reenter the world they left behind with their youth.
Face it, we all miss it. Whether you had one tour or a career, it shaped your life. One Nation Under God.
If you served in the military add your comments to this article. C B