Yeah, that was super unfortunate how it happened. One of his fellow soldiers had dropped a grenade, and the pin came off when it hit the ground, and Cleland thought it was his, and bent down to pick it up.
Cleland still wins the Bronze and Silver stars for valorous action in combat during the Cambodian Intervention, but he manages to avoid the tragic grenade incident of OTL. A decorated veteran, I still believe Cleland will be a strong choice by President Udall to be the first Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.
Absolutely! I apologize for my lack of replies/posts lately across the board. Between finals setting in, making plans with my family for Thanksgiving, and catching a really nasty cold which has lingered and left me mostly inert for the past several weeks, I have been much less productive than I would like. I am deeply sorry.If you decide to incorporate the ideas I have presented so far, you'll let me know right?
An excellent question, @Kennedy Forever! The Great Recession has not been limited to the United States, but has hit the entire world rather hard, especially the "west" (think US, Anglo-sphere, Western Europe, etc). Its causes were similar to those of the recessions of OTL's 1970's - the energy crises; stagnation after decades of growth following WWII; rise of foreign competition from Japan, Mexico, etc; and others. As of January 1977, where Blue Skies last left off, the recession is reaching perhaps its fever pitch, and played a major role in President Bush's defeat to Congressman Udall.Hi Mr President been a while. I have a question for you. Has the Great Recession hit any other countries or just the US?
Retcon: Regarding Lee Harvey Oswald...Whats the current status of Oswald and Bremer as of 1977, also what happened to Yoko Ono since she never met John Lennon, Mr. President?
What the current state of Japan and the Koreas? Have any significant butterflies affected them as of right now? Mr. President?
I would assume this is after TTL's version of the Fuhrman decision (which is when Preston Smith commuted the sentences of everyone on Texas Death Row), @President_Lincoln (IMO, I still see that happening)? On a side note, Oswald will never get out of prison alive after murdering the Texas governor and a sheriff's deputy...Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested by Texas Rangers on November 23rd, 1963, after being charged with the attempted assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the successful murder of Texas Governor John Connally. Throughout the course of his highly publicized trial, Oswald continued to profess his innocence and claimed that he was a "patsy", used by "shadowy forces" because he "used to live in the Soviet Union". Despite his ramblings, the jury found Oswald guilty for the attempt on the President's life and the murder of the Governor, slapping him with a death sentence which was later commuted to life in prison.
Nice to see it living again. Wonder how worldwide trade is getting on, especially from a British perspective, as we get into the next part of BSiC?
Thank you, @QTXAdsy and @AeroTheZealousOne! The TL does live and I hope to get new updates out by the end of the week. To answer your question, QTX, global trade has taken a bit of a hit due to the global recession, though some countries are obviously being hit harder than others. The UK's economy is struggling more than most, and PM Thatcher may soon find herself facing a crisis of confidence, especially as the calls for Scottish and Welsh devolution grow louder and her stance on the issue refuses to bend...My interest is peaked and I'm interested to see where this goes under Act III begins. Was also curious about Oswald and Bremer's fates myself.
Saddam Hussein is still the horrific, villainous man he was IOTL, and here, he has continued backing from the Andropov-led USSR. What this will mean for the rest of the Middle East and the world at large remains to be seen, but if the Iraqi "intervention" (invasion) of Syria is any indication, Saddam intends to build the Iraqi-led UAR into a nationalist regional power.I doubt it will be any less monstrous than OTL Iraq.
As per OTL, President Kennedy initially sought to warm relations between the United States and Nasser's Egypt. Unlike his predecessors, JFK did not see nationalism in the third world as inherently dangerous to U.S. interests, and largely believed that nationalism could work hand-in-hand with American values like self-determination to oppose Soviet influence abroad. This belief would go on to form the basis of the Kennedy Doctrine, which was largely continued under the subsequent Romney, Bush, and Udall administrations. Though President Kennedy hoped that his personal touch and correspondence with President Nasser would be enough to bridge the two countries' relationship, Kennedy's continued support for Israel doomed any potential alliance between the United States and Egypt. During JFK's second term, relations between he and Nasser cooled significantly, especially during the Six Day War of 1967, as the Americans once again favored Israel over Egypt. In the end, Kennedy left office in 1969 seeing rapprochement in the Middle East as a missed opportunity. Nasser would serve as President of Egypt until dying of a heart attack in 1970, whereupon he would be succeeded by Anwar Sadat, as per OTL.What happened to Egypt and Gamal Abdel-Nasser? Did Kennedy met with Nasser personally?