Inside the Beltway: OSS Society reunion brings America’s most notable toast

A MOST REMARKABLE TOAST

Let’s take a moment to consider that toast given at a recent gathering hosted by the OSS Society – which pays homage to the powerful and innovative Office of Strategic Services, the CIA’s World War II-era predecessor.

The much appreciated toast was carried to the audience of 600 people by David Cohena 35-year veteran of the CIA and former deputy intelligence commissioner for the New York Police Department who is now a senior adviser to Starr Holdings.

“This is for you, America,” Mr. Cohen shouted.

“You were born in the heat of the revolution, from the battle of Bunker Hill to the harsh winter quarters of Valley Forge – and finally victorious in Yorktown. You became a nation on the battlefields of Shiloh in Vicksburg to Gettysburg, and you showed incredible grace at Appomattox Court House,” Mr. Cohen said.

“You matured in World War I, leaving on the battlefields of Belleau Wood, Flanders Fields and others nearly 120,000 Americans – who would otherwise be farmers, haberdashers or factory workers. Your blood flowed in Normandy and Bastogne, in the air and at sea, in Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. You opened the doors of the Nazi extermination camps, then you raised your old enemies with your treasures and your valuables,” continued Mr. Cohen.

“You have achieved victory against the insatiable evil Soviet Empire in a nearly 50-year war, with titanic battles ranging from the freezing Chosin Reservoir in Korea to the scorching jungles of Vietnam – to the airlift of Berlin and the Cuban Missile Crisis. And you closed the Fulda Gap with your troops and your tanks,” he said.

“You liberated Kuwait, saw bravery in Fallujah, and shed blood again in Khost and Afghanistan – and brought justice to Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Ladeniran Qassim Soleimani, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and now Ayman Al-Zawahiri. And while achieving all of this, America – along the way, let’s not forget – you found the cure for polio, sent a man to the moon, invented baseball – and of course, rock ‘n’ ‘ roll. America: never tire, for your greatest accomplishments are yet to be seen,” Mr. Cohen concluded.

“Now please raise your glass to toast America,” he told his audience.

And they did.

OVERCOMING THE ELECTION

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, published since 1792, has published its official weather forecast for Election Day. And here it is:

“For the US midterm elections to be held on November 8, we expect to see a mix of conditions across the country. Some will wake up to snow, others to rain, and others to a dry sunny day.

“We are anticipating favorable voting weather across much of the eastern United States, with a mix of sun and cloud and fall chill in the air across the region. Snow will threaten in the northeast, but as we move south and west from there, the weather looks to be nicer for those queuing to vote, although it will be cold” , says the publication.

“Further west, temperatures will be mild, with some Great Lakes showers through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and into the Deep South. Showers will also threaten parts of the Southeast, but Florida will remain sunnier than ever. In the western half of the country, the weather will be mild, with quite a bit of sunshine from the Rockies to the west coast – although some storms could mean a wet trip to the polls in the Pacific Northwest,” continued the almanac.

“It will be a cold Election Day across Alaska, with a few flurries. Hawaii, on the other hand, will be mild with a few showers expected. We hope the vote will go smoothly across the country, despite any wild weather that comes our way,” he advised.

EYE OF THE SPECTATOR

This discovery will not help the cause of the Democrats much. A new Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group poll finds that 59% of voters planning to vote in the upcoming midterm elections believe the US economy will suffer if Democrats retain control of Congress.

“The data is clear. The American people are well aware that progressive policies spell disaster for the economy,” said Marc MecklerPresident of the States Convention.

“Voters are seeing the consequences in real time, with irresponsible White House spending bills such as the misnamed ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ as well as the Biden administration’s hostile policies against American energy raising their ugly heads. If this continues, how much worse could it get? Mr. Meckler asked.

The poll of 1,000 likely midterm election voters was conducted Oct. 8-11.

WHERE TO LOOK

Ever diligent, C-SPAN continues to air important policy debates as we approach the halfway point.

On Wednesday, for example, the Public Affairs Network will show live gubernatorial debates in New Hampshire and South Carolina as well as gubernatorial fights starting Tuesday in Colorado and New York. Thursday’s programming will focus on events in Illinois, North Dakota and Alaska.

The network considers this coverage an “unfiltered view of politics.” Isn’t that refreshing?

Find details of the debate and other “Campaign 2022” coverage at C-span.org/campaign.

FOXIFIED

During the week of October 17-23, Fox News earned 86 of the top 100 weekly cable news shows and also continued its run as the top cable news network for the 88th consecutive week with 2, 3 million prime time viewers.

“The Five” enjoyed the largest viewership of them all with an average nightly audience of 3.4 million.

And another notable victory: “Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdydrew 1.4 million viewers and continues to dominate the show “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” and its audience of 410,000 people.

SURVEY OF THE DAY

• 55% of American adults say they are “behind on their retirement savings”.

• 54% cite inflation as the reason they cannot save more for retirement.

• 24% cite reduced income, 24% cite new expenses.

• 23% cite debt repayments, 22% cite a preference to “keep more cash on hand”.

• 18% cite market volatility, 7% say they don’t need or want to save more.

SOURCE: A Bankrate survey of 2,312 American adults conducted September 21-23 and released Tuesday. Respondents could give more than one reason in the survey.

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