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Over the course of my lifetime the United States has had 12 presidents, starting with Harry Truman who probably saved 1 million American lives by dropping atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I lived through the Cuban missile crisis, just outside of Washington DC, a prime target for a lot of warheads. JFK’s blockade of the island worked, if it hadn’t posted the major cities in the country could still be uninhabitable.
Not to be outdone Barack Obama attended a few meetings and interrupted his coffee game so he could give the go-ahead for the attack against bin Laden. According toVice at Pres. Biden;
You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there,” Biden said at a fundraiser in Morris Township, N.J.
“Do any one of you have a doubt that if that raid failed that this guy would be a one-term president?” Biden asked. Obama, he said, “is willing to do the right thing and risk losing.”
OMG, if it had failed Obama might not get reelected, that qualifies it as the most audacious act in 500 years…….
On June 6, 1944 Dwight Eisenhower prepared two press releases, one if D-Day failed, and the other if it succeeded. If the Normandy invasion failed he stood to lose the better part of 150,000 men. He went and visited as many troops as possible prior to their actual deployment. He had the guts to look into the eyes of his men knowing some of them would die..
Needless to say I can go on indefinitely, fortunately either have to, it took the folks at the U. S. Naval Institute just about one day to in their words “make an observation about the vice president’s comments’. It’s bad form for military officers to openly criticize the vice president regardless of how big an idiot he is
Let’s get this list going.
As an observation and a nod, not a criticism (of course) of our Vice President Joe Biden – who observed that, “You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there.”
Because this will be a list, compiled into one blog post, whatever you put in the comments (respectfully and to the point of the post) we will incorporate into the post – then delete. Please submit your comments to us here or via firstname.lastname@example.org or give us your submissions via Twitter or Facebook . And when the first 500 hits it, [UPDATE]: WE WILL MAKE A BRACKET COMPETITION.
Give us your best of the best who were audacious – winners or losers – those who dared. We will update the list daily, no repeats – so dig deep when your favorite has already been mentioned.
Listed in order of submission and raw commentary (and without attribution and to protect the innocent):
500. SEAL mission per Vice President Joe Biden: Audacious on the part of our Commander in Chief, President Obama.
499. Japanese attack on Pearl was an Orange/Blue war-gamer exercise 6 or 7 years before 1941.
498. Entebbe, anyone? Or one might even argue that the raid on Bin Laden’s compound would not have been possible without the lessons learned from the even more audacious (if ultimately unsuccessful) plan of Operation Eagle Claw.
497. Lets start early. 1519 Hernan Cortez landed 600 Spaniards and about a dozen horses at Cozumel. He BURNED HIS SHIPS so there was no way to escape, and he and his men had to fight to the death. He led his men to destroy the entire Aztec Empire something that no invader had done in over 6 centuries. In the process he actually convinced the Aztecs that he was THEIR GOD.
496. Henry V at Agincourt – Nope, too early.
496. (Do-over) ”Kedging“- How USS Constitution Sailors evaded 170 guns of HMS Africa, Shannon, Belvidera & Aeolus!
Dare I say George Washington before the Battle of Trenton? Christmas Day 1776.
George Washington Crosses the Delaware in the dark of night to attack the British in Trenton.
For me there is one and only one #1. Without it an army driffs away, an idea dies, a piece of paper signed at the greatest personal risk becomes meaningless. General George Washington’s decision to attack Trenton on the morning after Christmas 1776 with a night march of impossible proportions couples not only audaciousness, but the greatest risk. For me it is the single most important moment without even a close second in American history, and for the idea of freedom as the world knows it today, possibly. My own telling here: http://
494, Eben Emael and the raid to free Mussolini
493. CDR “Red” Ramage, USS Parche, Pacific, 1944: as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Parche http://
Keep Reading there’s a long way to go…………………………
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