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Freddie

Freddie deBoer used to blog at lhote.blogspot.com, and may again someday. Now he blogs here.

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  1. Avatar Bob Cheeks says:

    Freddie, you nailed this one from one or two generations away; good one!
    My father served as a platoon sgt. in the 80th Div., 305th Combat Engineers, 3rd Army, Lt. Gen. George Patton, cmdg., he grieved for his losses, fought like hell, and was, from time to time, cold, hungry, and scarred shitless. He told his sons some of the stories, but not all. His company took over 50% casualities. I don’t think he ever understood why he survived and his pals didn’t.Report

  2. Avatar Moff says:

    You are:

    (1) absolutely right, Freddie, and

    (2) so not in charge of designing the official League line of action figures. Jetpacks and ninja powers! Jetpacks and ninja powers!Report

  3. Avatar Jivatman says:

    Interesting, but Eisenhower was also far more anti-war than is implied by that quote. Here are more Eisenhower quotes:

    “Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends. ”

    “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. ”

    “If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order. ”

    “There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. ”

    “When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. ”

    “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. “Report

  4. Avatar sidereal says:

    To make GI Joe into a super-slick, superhuman fighting machine who is defined by his exceptional nature is to completely and totally miss the point of what Eisenhower was saying, about the real strength of the American war machine.

    Yes, but it is also to make a lot more money, against which all the rest of these considerations are meaningless. What’s your kid going to want you to buy for Christmas? Brave Everyman From Nebraska #12 or Stormshadow the Ninja?Report

  5. Avatar Chris Dierkes says:

    Thank you Freddie and now we all know. And knowing is half the battle.

    [Sorry I couldn’t help it :p]Report

  6. Avatar Jon H says:

    “To make GI Joe into a super-slick, superhuman fighting machine who is defined by his exceptional nature is to completely and totally miss the point of what Eisenhower was saying, about the real strength of the American war machine.”

    The everyday average man was insufficiently toyetic.

    Even when they have a superhero like Spider-man, the quest for product line expansion inevitably leads to specialized variant toys like “Underwater Action Spider-Man” which don’t even make much sense.Report