It’s Like This By Bob Palmer

Ready on the right

Most people find the rifle range at Ft. Sill, Okla. a hot, barren place. In the summer of 1968, I noticed it was also a long walk from anywhere.

When your turn came, you and about 19 other men go to the rear of a firing station with your M-14 rifle in one hand and your magazine stuffed with 20 rounds of 9.72 mm shells in the other. The range officer’s voice booms from the speakers mounted on his tower.

“Ready on the right?”

“Ready on the left?”

“Ready on the firing line. The firing line is clear.”

“Lock and load a 20-round magazine.”

You insert the ammo magazine into the rifle. Pull back the bolt. Then let the bolt slide forward placing a round in the chamber.

“Open fire at the targets to your front,” comes the command.

I mostly tried to jerk the trigger as something passed in front of my sights.

President Donald Trump used the “lock and load” phrase last week to describe the readiness of the US military to retaliate against any attack from North Korea.

I hope Donald is not just playing GI Joe.

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un has threatened nuclear attacks against our allies in South Korea and Japan in addition to the US Territory of Guam.

We can not ignore or laugh off such threats. The United States must respond in a clear firm way.

You don’t have to be a knuckle-dragging neocon muttering about preemptive strikes, to recognize the pusillanimous faint heartedness of the Obama Administration for the last eight years caused this country great damage.

A key reason Trump won election was Americans were tired of appearing weak and indecisive in the world’s eyes. Donald, at least, has delivered on that campaign pledge. It takes more than bold talk…

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