This flag-raising didn’t mean the battle was over; far from it, but it did represent a turning point in the horrendous, costly battle that was Iwo Jima. The Marines below cheered as they fought on, getting wounded or dying in ever-increasing numbers. An amazing, amazing story of courage, toughness and love of country and of their fellow Marines. They just would not quit, stunning the tunneled Japanese.
The famous pic by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press was actually a recreation of the earlier one taken by the Marine military photog, so it’s actually staged but the flag pole is sturdier and taller and no one seems to much care. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/02/23/ap-was-there-marines-raise-american-flag-on-iwo-jima-as-reported-by-ap-in-145/
I despise what the Obama administration and his Democratic Party have done to our military, using them to sacrifice everything when we want them to fight, then tossing them in the garbage can when it’s no longer politically advantageous. Obama doesn’t know squat about the military or his role as Commander in Chief but he’ll haul them out to look pretty in dress uniforms [remember Michelle standing in front of the WH US Marine detail for the Oscars, treating them as pretty nutcrackers for Christmas décor] and he doesn’t respect them either but worse is how they are political tools. Obama and the Dems had to destroy any justification for Iraq in order to create a meme for the 2008 election and our military families were just collateral damage. A repeat of the Vietnam War. The Taliban and the Marines were there to kill each other, did it matter that someone took a vid of the Marines peeing on the dead Taliban?
Oooh, Hollywood liberals hate the military and hate military snipers and hate the movie “American Sniper” but they don’t mind LAPD snipers on rooftops protecting them fro showing off at the Oscar red carpet. Hypocrites, just like when it comes to their gun control for everybody but their own bodyguards. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/02/hollywood-elites-shut-out-historic-war-movie-american-sniper-as-snipers-protect-their-venue/
The AP is fanatically protective of their stories and pics but this year is sharing the original article and Rosenthal pic so I can now legally share it today.