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    Thanks Buck, I knew someone here would know the...

    Thanks Buck, I knew someone here would know the detail. The remarkable piece of information there is that by the start of Operations Cobra - only 7 weeks after D-Day - something like 60% of US tanks...
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    The air campaign certainly wasn't as effective as...

    The air campaign certainly wasn't as effective as advertised, but, as you say, it sucked up resources Germany couldn't afford to expend and was particularly useful when properly focused. I would add...
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    Gunny, The ability of the US military to...

    Gunny,

    The ability of the US military to incorporate the experience of 'boots on the ground' types in WW2 was impressive. I seem to recall the things they stuck on tanks to plough through the...
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    Deval Patrick to throw his hat into the Dem ring....

    Deval Patrick to throw his hat into the Dem ring. he strikes me as a better option than any of the frontrunners, but that doesn't mean he will win. In theory he should be able to take bites out of...
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    Looked at a certain way an argument could be...

    Looked at a certain way an argument could be mounted that the USN circa 1944-45 was the most powerful military force that had ever existed. It could basically move more military power than most...
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    The comments I have read from GOP legislators in...

    The comments I have read from GOP legislators in Kentucky suggest that Bevin might be pushing shit uphill to get them to intervene for him. There doesn't seem to be much expectation that Bevin can...
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    Gordon Sondland has amended his testimony to...

    Gordon Sondland has amended his testimony to include an account that makes it crystal clear Ukraine was told it was required to investigate the imaginary DNC server and the Bidens in order to get...
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    Thanks for that Buck. A great account of a...

    Thanks for that Buck. A great account of a remarkable battle. The bravery of some of those men is really moving. Pilots attacking ships with limited or no weapons, destroyers & a DE taking on...
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    Pelosi has been smart about this. Impeachment is...

    Pelosi has been smart about this. Impeachment is a divisive issue & has the potential to cause problems for Dems in 'purple' seats. By taking testimony & letting a few tidbits from credible sources...
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    When Trump leaves office do people think he will...

    When Trump leaves office do people think he will give Lindsay Graham back the jar with his genitals in it? I was never a huge Lindsay fan, but his grovelling over the past few years has been truly...
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    What makes you think she isn't doing it from...

    What makes you think she isn't doing it from beyond the grave. :-)
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    Taylor is basically the antithesis of everything...

    Taylor is basically the antithesis of everything Trump stands for - a guy who volunteered for Vietnam & then spent most of his career serving his nation in a variety of (mainly foreign) postings,...
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    It is sufficiently blatant that proceeding on it...

    It is sufficiently blatant that proceeding on it would make sense. I get the impression Pelosi wants to keep the focus pretty tight here, so it isn't clear if this will get used or not. Of course, it...
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    I suspect the decision to host the G7 leaders at...

    I suspect the decision to host the G7 leaders at a Trump resort may soon feature regularly on this thread. This is precisely the sort of easily understood issue that Congress might decide to take on,...
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    In another display of what can only be described...

    In another display of what can only be described as narcissism Trump attempted to maneuver the parents of dead British teen Harry Dunn into a White House meeting with the woman who killed him in...
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    Think of it another way Buck, is there a better...

    Think of it another way Buck, is there a better way to measure just where Trump's Presidency is at that John Bolton might look like some sort of ethical bastion.

    Strange days indeed.
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    Something has broken and it isn't just going to...

    Something has broken and it isn't just going to get pasted back together. What follows isn't clear & likely isn't going to be very good...for a while at least.






    At the moment those...
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    He will be impeached by the house and he may lose...

    He will be impeached by the house and he may lose the election thereafter, so that would be a decent result. It seems unlikely the GOP will turn on him in the Senate in enough numbers to find him...
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    Speaking merely as an outside observer I would...

    Speaking merely as an outside observer I would rather see him removed at an election. The reason is practical - I want Trump supporters to see their man, his ideas & behaviours repudiated by tens of...
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    Rudy has basically become Roy Cohn, and now Trump...

    Rudy has basically become Roy Cohn, and now Trump is discarding him too. Quite the fall.

    McMaster & Mattis got to keep their dignity & their freedom. Rudy has already lost the first and may yet...
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