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    by Mackubin Owens   Robert E. Lee’s smashing victory against Major General Joseph Hooker’s Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville in May 1863 provided the Confederacy with three strategic options: shift resources from Virginia to Mississippi in order to revive Vicksburg, the Rebel redoubt on the Mississippi River; reinforce Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee, enabling him to reprise his 1862 invasion of Kentucky and maneuver the Union Army of the Cumberland under William Rosecrans out of its position in central Tennessee; or invade Pennsylvania. But after Chancellorsville, it was probably too late to affect the outcome at Vicksburg, because the siege was already under way. (Vicksburg would fall on the Fourth of July.) And it didn’t make sense to detach forces from the Confederacy’s only successful field army, the Army of Northern Virginia, under its only successful general, Lee, and send them to other generals whose competence was questionable. In the end, Lee effectively made the case to Confederate president Jefferson Davis that the best use of limited Confederate resources was to invade Pennsylvania. As he had done in...
    President Joe Biden took his MAGA attacks on the road for the first time since he launched a push against ‘ultra MAGA’ forces and Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party. He rolled out a new insult, ripping Trump as the 'Great MAGA king' while contrasting deficit reductions during his term and the deficits that piled up under his predecessor. 'Under my predecessor, the great MAGA king, the deficit increased every year,' Biden said. He pointed out that he 'reduced the deficit by $350 billion the first year. It was one of several swipes at 'ultra-MAGA Republicans' Biden took. 'I’ve gotten along with a lot of them – used to any way,' he said of Republicans. President Joe Biden ripped his predecessor Donald Trump as the 'great MAGA king' as he continued his blasts at 'ultra MAGA' Republicans He once again tore into Sen. Rick Scott's proposal to 'sunset' legislation, and said it threatened Social Security. 'The ultra MAGA Republican proposal – it’s the only one out there - it puts Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the chopping block every...
    Following the Amazon Labor Union’s huge win in Staten Island, they’re going for it again. Workers at another, smaller warehouse—called LDJ5—will begin voting on April 25, and Amazon is once again going hard with its union-busting campaign.  “All those union-busters that were there to union-bust 8,000 workers at JFK8 have walked across the street and are in our little building of 1,600 people,” LDJ5 worker Madeline Wesley told reporters at a press conference last week. “They’re really fighting us, and they’re playing really dirty.” The union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board over captive audience meetings being conducted by veteran union-buster Rebecca Smith. The workers at LDJ5 will face enormous intimidation in the coming 10 days, but they can also look at JFK8 and take their inspiration. “I can’t believe the building across from us, JFK8, got a union,” 18-year-old Ursula Tomaszuk told Labor Notes. “I thought it wasn’t doable until now.” ● National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo made another big move this week, calling for the reinstatement of the Joy Silk doctrine, which allows the board to order an employer to recognize...
    In the war movie epic, The Winter War, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala are called up as reservists when in October 1939, the Soviet Union lays claims to parts of Finland’s territory and threatens an invasion. After having spent their lives as family farmers and with only limited military experience, when war breaks out, Martti and Paavo are sent to the Karelian Isthmus in south-east Finland. Once there, they fight in the Battle of Taipale against the Soviet Army, a military force more powerful than anything Finland could ever muster. While Martti and Paavo are fictional, the war they fought is real. Known as The Winter War, the war between Finland and the Soviet Union was fought in the deep of the Baltic winter from November 1939 to March 1940. During these months, in knee-deep snow and temperatures as low as –45 degrees Fahrenheit, the significantly smaller Finnish army caused the Red Army such heavy losses that the Soviet invasion of Finland failed. While Russia’s war against Ukraine often draws parallels to Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland, a better comparison...
    The European Union needs to build the “political will” to craft an army of its own, President Ursula von der Leyen said in her State of the Union speech on Wednesday. Addressing the European Parliament in Brussels, the EU Commission chief said that in the wake of President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the bloc should look towards the formation of a “European Defence Union”. “In the last weeks, there have been many discussions on expeditionary forces. On what type and how many we need: battlegroups or EU entry forces. This is no doubt part of the debate – and I believe it will be part of the solution,” von der Leyen said. “But the more fundamental issue is why this has not worked in the past… What has held us back until now is not just a shortfall of capacity – it is the lack of political will. “And if we develop this political will, there is a lot that we can do at EU level.” The former German defence minister argued for a more centralised command structure...
    More On: coffee Coffee consumption linked to lower risk of COVID-19 infection Make delicious nitro cold brew at home with this coffee maker on sale for more than 25% off Forget an apple a day — try four cups of coffee for a healthy liver The 9 best iced coffee and cold brew makers to get your fix at home Not long ago, author Michael Pollan quit caffeine cold turkey. He wasn’t keen to give up his daily coffees and green teas, but, as he was reporting a story about caffeine, multiple experts told him he couldn’t understand its power — why caffeine withdrawal is even included in the vaunted “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” — until he gave it up.  The experts, he found, were right. Pollan found himself severely mentally impaired for weeks, and even after that initial withdrawal subsided, he still felt noticeably out of it. When he did return to caffeine after three months, it felt like he was consuming an illicit drug.  It was “almost as if my cup had been spiked...
    LUS President Joe Biden and the European Union lead the concert of international condemnations after a weekend of bloody repression in Burma, Saturday having the heaviest toll since the coup two months ago, with at less 107 deaths including 7 children. Author of a coup on February 1 that overthrew the head of the civilian government Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese army bloodily suppressed daily demonstrations calling for the return of democracy and the release of former leaders, killing a total of several hundreds of civilians. The death toll has risen to at least 459, according to AAPP, a local NGO that records the death toll since the putsch. The United Nations estimated Saturday’s death toll at 107 people – including seven children – but expects the death toll to rise further. Local media report 114 dead. “It’s terrible,” Joe Biden told reporters on Sunday. “It is absolutely scandalous and according to the information I have received, a lot of people have been killed in a completely unnecessary way.” The European Union, through...
    The European Union “stands ready” to adopt sanctions against the military responsible for the coup d’état in Burma, Foreign Ministers of the Twenty-Seven, meeting in Brussels, said on Monday, calling for “a de-escalation” of the political crisis.
    A retired Army colonel and his former West Point roommate believe they have discovered a nearly forgotten — and possibly first — black unit in the Civil War and are spearheading efforts to see the history-making soldiers honored nearly 160 years later. The career soldiers-turned-amateur historians, retired Col. Chris Allen and retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, say the members of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent could be the first black soldiers to wear Union uniforms, perhaps a year before the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which was profiled in the acclaimed 1989 film “Glory.” Allen and Hodges presented their findings during a Jan. 27 virtual presentation for the Army Heritage Center Foundation titled, “The Union’s First Black Regiment and the U.S. Army’s Linkage to the Emancipation Proclamation.” The two are spearheading efforts to see the unit’s role put in proper historical context for future U.S. Military Academy cadets, soldiers and the general public. More than a mere footnote, the officers see this lost history as a way to further celebrate the role...
    Originally Published by: The Army doesn’t know how many extremists it has booted Some combat experiences — like ambushes or killing a civilian — more closely linked to suicide, study finds Nearly 1 in 4 active-duty sailors have gotten the COVID vaccine, officials say A retired Army colonel and his former West Point roommate believe they have discovered a nearly forgotten — and possibly first — Black unit in the Civil War and are spearheading efforts to see the history-making soldiers honored nearly 160 years later. The career soldiers-turned-amateur-historians, retired Col. Chris Allen and retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe, say the members of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers of African Descent could be the first Black soldiers to wear Union uniforms, perhaps a year before the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which was profiled in the acclaimed 1989 film “Glory.” Allen and Hodges presented their findings during a Jan. 27 virtual presentation for the Army Heritage Center Foundation titled, “The Union’s First Black Regiment and the U.S....
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