Was the attack on Iran a diversionary tactic?

On Dec. 16, 1944, 75 years ago, Germany attacked U.S. forces along the Belgium border. The German military took advantage of bad weather with heavy fog hindering air support.

Being green, members of the 106th Infantry Division (Golden Lions) sustained many casualties. Some were taken prisoners of war; my father was among them. Historians have called this the Battle of the Bulge.

The Germans created a hole in the Allies’ lines by January 1945. U.S. troops started reclaiming territory.

The Germans suffered 100,000 casualties, the United States 80,000. This defeat for Germany led to its surrender on May 7, 1945.

Hopefully, future generations will not forget the phrase “Home of the free because of the brave.” Freedom reigns due to the patriotic sacrifices of many generations.

I am the proud son of a POW and was wounded in combat in 1968 during the Vietnam War. Dec. 7 was Pearl Harbor Day.

Wayne R. Gibbs


The writer served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and received a Purple Heart.

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The Axis defeat in WW2 came about as a result of being ideological rather than strategic. Their ideology led them to bad decisions at every level, putting doctrine ahead of perception. It also made them evil. Get rid of dogma and you get rid of weakness and evil. Replace it with virtuous goals and pursue those goals with realism. As soon as you start lying to yourself and others you become wrong and you lose. The same story is behind every defeat ever, partly because the realistic don't play unless they can win. And as soon as you stop lying you invariably start improving morally.

Holmes -- the real one

Wayne R. Gibbs -- you state:

"I am the proud son of a POW and was wounded in combat in 1968 during the Vietnam War."

I'm sorry you had to hear the person in the White House disrespect those of our armed forces who were POWs. This is just to say that there are many, many of us out here who have tremendous respect for your father's and your service. We stand with you.

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