Ghosts of Vietnam

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 … by  Gordon Duff,  Senior Editor  … with  New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

 

A big target - but skinny

A big target – but skinny

I served as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam during 1969 and 1970. I managed to catch malaria, get hit by a handful of scrap metal and gain a permanent distrust for the US government, one that had been festering in me after the killings of John and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Little did I know then that the lessons I learned, the cynicism proven so correct, nearly a half century of entropy, America the slowly rotting corpse we see today, those signs were there then for any to see.

Forth three years later, the Vietnam War continues to define America, not through the accomplishments of war veterans instilled with courage and leadership gained through surviving a brutal struggle but quite the opposite.

Vietnam was a great evil. If genocide on such shallow pretense could be perpetrated there, why not anywhere or everywhere? All that was needed was to instill, not just obedience, that would be easy.

What kind of nation would elect, again and again, criminals and degenerates to high office, each designated the “leader of the free world?”

The flotsam and jetsam of the Vietnam War, the short-lived “Age of Aquarius” and the national descent into something no one has been able to adequately describe, are enjoying their waning days.

Vietnam is still important, the war at least, but few understand why.

The coming home early method

The coming home early method

Within the first five years of the “end of the war,” 50,000 veterans had already died. Survival rates for amputees was low, thousands died of infection and neglect in filthy veterans hospitals.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or so it is called today, was unimagined, unthought-of and, most certainly, undiagnosed and untreated. It ravaged a generation, filling prisons, destroying families and infecting generations to come.

Nearly a million more veterans would die of exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant still devastating Vietnam decades later.

Thousand more killed themselves. The same thing is going on today, the count of veterans from the “Global War on Terror” that have died at their own hand exceeded 30,000 by 2009. Since then, not only has America stopped counting but it has buried that figure as well.

Now America talks about so many veterans a day or one every so many minutes, making the numbers as small as possible and hoping nobody “does the math.”

The Vietnam War is best known for those who failed to go rather than for those who served. News anchor at CBS, Dan Rather, was fired for reporting that President Bush (41) had evaded the draft. The documents he was given were disputed.

However, they are now known to have been, not only accurate but much more of Bush’s “draft dodging” has come to light including clear evidence that he simply “abandoned” his service in the Air Force Reserve and nobody said a word.

Similarly, Vice President Cheney dodged the draft. In fact, the term “Chickenhawk” was coined to describe a virtual “army” of politicians who favor war, who reek of jingoism and phony patriotism but used every form of guile and deception imaginary to avoid serving in Vietnam.

The inequality of the Vietnam War

The inequality of the Vietnam War

It is easy to see how America bullies the world, a nation ruled by physical cowards. Who goes into politics in America?

These were the kids no one would play with, the informers, the malcontents, the weaklings of the schoolyard. Servility and corruption come easily to them.

The two best known Vietnam veterans are John McCain and John Kerry.

The McCain story is a curious one. Records of McCain’s period as a POW were classified upon his return from North Vietnam. His commanding officer, while a POW, was Colonel Ted Guy who submitted a series of charges to military prosecutors citing McCain for, among other things, treason.

Thirty-three POWs faced court martial with McCain, by far, accused of the most serious crimes. It was also McCain, son of an admiral who was also the son of an admiral who had to be protected.

John McCain was awarded a full pardon for his crimes by President Richard Nixon. Thus, the worst traitor in American history became the “war hero” to a generation. As American writer and humorist, Jim W. Dean, so often states, “You just can’t make things like this up.”

McCain was hounded by Marine Sgt. Major John Holland, Army Colonel Earl Hopper and the CIA’s Ted Sampley, all dead now, who cited McCain for crimes as serious as planning air defenses for the Hanoi government to aid them in downing American pilots.

Hopper credits McCain with helping shoot down sixty American aircraft. Others who served with McCain claim it was John McCain that nearly sunk the nuclear super-carrier USS Forrestal, killing or wounding nearly 300 of the crew.

John McCain - having tea

John McCain – having tea

This would be funny if it weren’t true. If John McCain had been around during World War II, the two primary languages in North America would be German and Japanese.

During McCain’s time in the US Senate, when it was known that American POWs were still being held in Southeast Asia, McCain worked to block repatriation though evidence of surviving POWs was overwhelming.

It was then that John McCain began being referred to by those in the military, intelligence and veteran’s community as “the Manchurian Candidate,” after the character played by English actor Lawrence Harvey in the John Frankenheimer film of the same name.

Many Americans have wondered why Russia hasn’t opened its intelligence files on McCain, files that include recordings of 32 propaganda broadcasts he made while a “prisoner.”

John Kerry commanded a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta during the war. He served only 90 days in Vietnam, being wounded three times, sufficient for him to be removed from a combat zone. None of his wounds were severe or life threatening.

During his 2004 run for the presidency, Kerry was attack by a group who referred to themselves as “Swift Boaters.” Though Kerry was backed by his crew and other boat commanders, this group of veterans underwritten by billionaire political extremist T. Boone Pickens accused Kerry of cowardice.

Pickens offered to pay $1 million to a charity of Kerry’s choice if his accusations were proven false. Many though the “Swift Boaters” cost Kerry the election.

John Kerry - who got out of Vietnam as fast as he could

John Kerry – who got out of Vietnam as fast as he could

However, exit polls taken during the election showed that Kerry had actually won the election over Bush in a near landslide. Evidence was brought to bear that electronic voting machines were hacked and the election stolen.

In key voting precincts that guaranteed Bush an Electoral College majority, the “electoral college” being the strange system the US uses from time to time to override popular vote, nearly 200% of all registered voters cast their ballots for Bush.

In previous elections, it had been rumored that even the dead voted. In 2004 even farm animals voted.

Mike Connell, the programmer cited for writing the code that stole the election. In 2008, Connell, facing questioning by a grand jury, asked the Justice Department for protection. Connell told officials that his life was threatened by Bush national security advisor Karl Rove.

Within days, Connell was dead, victim of an unexplained plane crash. There was no explanation for the crash. The family said it was murder. There was no investigation.

T. Boone Pickens never paid the million dollars though, in the end, overwhelming evidence proved that he and his “Swift Boaters” were frauds. When I criticized Pickens for backing out of his agreement, he contacted me by email. Pickens seemed more than indifferent to his promise but indifferent to the veterans that his money would have aided.

Kerry and McCain make a strange pair, supposed political opposites, both are vastly wealthy, have always been close friends and have moved closer together politically, as seen in John Kerry’s short-lived period of bellicose rhetoric against Syria.

Few can think of John McCain without considering his musical rendition of the Beach Boys song, Barbara Ann, “Bomb – Bomb – Bomb….Bomb – Bomb Iran.”

McCain being saved for another day

McCain being saved for another day

Kerry was the titular leader of the anti-war movement in the US, no question about that. The movement floundered when it was led by young Marxists or bored college students who would show at campus rallies between classes.

Returning veterans demonstrating voicing their outrage stopped the Vietnam War. The military during Vietnam was filled with draftees and young disillusioned idealists. One in three Marine infantrymen had IQ’s over 120, qualifying them to be officers.

Lt. William Calley, the young Army officer credited with ordering the My Lai massacre, leaving over 500 women and children slaughtered had an IQ of 89. He would be the template for the new “volunteer army,” the force that has served so well in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kerry was always suspect, however. He lacked the feeling of rage so many of us felt. If, so long ago, Kerry was being groomed for something, his career in the senate, heavily punctuated with cozying up to the military/industrial complex, we hadn’t seen it.

We see it now.

Chuck Hagel - Nam days

Chuck Hagel – Nam days

The one that doesn’t fit is Senator Chuck Hagel, now Secretary of Defense. Hagel served in the Army in Vietnam, his background much the same as mine as is his record of service.

At some point, however, Hagel becomes incomprehensible. Hagel, though a Republican, has a record of standing up to the Israel lobby, something in itself bizarre in Washington. He has seemed outspoken, voted as a moderate and shown himself to be presidential material.

In Vietnam, combat infantrymen were, invariably, anti-war. This didn’t necessarily come from strong political beliefs or even liberalism.

The military, at this time, was largely drafted and recruited from the most backward parts of the country. This is where Chuck Hagel is from, Nebraska.

Hagel, a rare cheerleader for the Vietnam War, moved from college to Washington, first as a congressional aid then as a lobbyist.

From there, Hagel was moved from one position to another, steered into money, steered into power, a “stalking horse” with populist views, carefully groomed, now seemingly a “Manchurian Candidate” like McCain but yet different, less volatile, less violent and potentially more dangerous.

Many felt that moving a Vietnam veteran, a real combat infantryman into the Department of Defense’s top slot would lead to military reforms and even signal a loosening of the noose Bush era legislation put around America’s neck. America had become a police state and her police, her military and spy agencies had become an “uber-Gestapo.”

Hagel had to run the Israeli Lobby gauntlet of McCain and Lyndsey Graham

Hagel had to run the Israeli Lobby gauntlet of McCain and Lyndsey Graham

We would see no reform from Hagel, instead he simply sat in the chair held by Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, his two utterly useless predecessors and “maintained an even keel.”

Did America lose its innocence in Vietnam? The generation of Americans that fought World War II is called “the greatest generation.” In Russia, World War II is called “the great patriotic war.”

Vietnam was different. From a military standpoint, the forces sent to Vietnam were probably the best and brightest, the most effective America had ever put in the field.

That generation, my generation, fought a war to stay alive and fought a second enemy, a corrupt military, a corrupt government in Washington, to stay sane. It didn’t work. The real enemy was always here, in America. The Vietnamese won their freedom. Americans lost theirs.

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Gordon Duff, Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today. Especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Editing:  Jim W. Dean

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  1. jmreeves  November 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Greetings Veterans from one who did not attend.
    Happy Veterans Day is an Oxymoron (you can put that brick down now)
    My oh My have we all learned a lot, no?
    Still on Duty.
    Thanks all you poor critters (not pity, sympathy.
    Now for the ‘war to end all wars’ (oh-no-not-again).
    Best Regards.

    John

  2. jmreeves  November 1, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Missed that party (Thank the Lord)
    Or I would have not been available now.
    I never would have made it.
    I am sorry they put you on a fools errand.
    I attended a ceremony for the POW/MIA’s
    They had balloons.
    One did not quite make it.
    They re-lofted it
    I have Soft Duty (and lots of friends it seems)
    I pray every time I go to bed (the Handoff)
    What a Mess (gfdammit)

    John

    • jmreeves  November 1, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Breaking Stuff is Easy.
      Creating it and keeping it running.. not so easy.
      Different Schools ( I can also break things AT LEAST as good as you can.
      Food for Thought.

      John

    • jmreeves  November 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Got a Purple Heart too!
      Hardly ever showed it to anyone.
      May you find Peace My Old Friend (NFC).

      My Love, and sorry, and we are here trying to put the fire out.

      John

      John

  3. beveragebob  November 1, 2013 at 1:33 am

    The fact that you participated albeit unknown at the time just like my older brothers in War criminal Kissingers population reduction experiment(which failed on an epic scale given many GI’s brought home women and raised traditional Catholic families) I believe that that “conflict” was another treasonous manipulation of the military industrial complex in conjunction with Neo-Zionists at the time not unlike Korea. We all know that if the Aldrich plan did not take effect in 1918…none of these supposed “wars” would have taken place. I wonder though….besides being usurped and overtaken by the very powers that we rebelled against, was this whole paradigm just an extension of manifest destiny which we bestowed on the original inhabitants of this nation in our quest for resources? That is basically what we are doing now….albeit for the corporations which have control of the U.N and ultimately want to completely destroy our founding fathers Constitutional Republic for the NWO. I mean, there is so much going on now at so many different levels to subterfuge us and take complete control of us and/or do the 1917 Purge run by the same Zionist Maxist Pigs ……..I ask you sir with complete respect knowing your position and your “delicacies”, besides the obvious, what’s a boy(X-Marine Desert Storm Veteran) to do?(water and food are stockpiled,mucho ammo, 1st Aid kit up to par etc.) Standing by for info….over!

    • beveragebob  November 1, 2013 at 1:49 am

      meant 1913 after Wilson did not VETO it….Aldrich Plan….

    • 60sstreetpunk  November 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      beverage bob: it gets easier to deal with as time goes on and you learn more. I too always said: “what to do?” I am hoping that more people catch on. In NY State many of us will put up money and participate in fighting Cuomo’s gun bans. We can effect change locally and also nationally. I will stay tuned in to certain groups to keep informed and hopefully at some point we can effect more changes. I believe that those who started these computer sites were dedicated and have had a major influence on many people.

    • beveragebob  November 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks for that 60sstreetpunk…seems like I’m always looking to my older brothers for answers but, I’m impatient and want things to change immediately! I believe in Karma. Maybe I’m still too young and want to change the world!

  4. P40BOB  October 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Duff, I know all to well about government mis trust. It started with me on my phoney medical dischsge in 69, then ever since it’s been a dailey battle with the VA to get benefits, for 30 years the VA was using someones elses xray against me saying my spinal injury i was hospiatlised for in the army was a birth defect.it took 30 years and the right BVA judge to corect this, now my spine can’t be treated. Or the fact that a vA doctor say the swelling of both of mt legs is chemical comtimination, when I asked the VAH advocate , What chemical he staes fro the record Agent orange.Thn there is this backlog and the fact that it doesn’t count the denied , then appealed cases. thats how the VA reduces the backlog, deny them, as the VA knows , that half of the denials will never be appealed.

  5. georgieboy39  October 30, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I have never understood Hagel. I contacted his staff a few years back with a request that he speak at a USS Liberty reunion. I was led to believe right up to the day of the reunion that he would do so. He backed out at the last minute, and of course as a Liberty survivor I know how hard it is to get any congressman or senator to listen to the truth. I thought Hagel was different but I guess not. I really can’t figure him out for sure. It certainly is very clear how low this country has gone as for as their moral compass. Money has steered many away from doing their job as a representative. I guess one would have to go back to the days of Senator Adlai Stevenson to find a man with principle. If there are any out there today I would like to know who they are. I don’t know one single one.

    • john ccarleton  October 30, 2013 at 8:10 am

      There are none, not a one. I do not know what to say to you as a Liberty survivor except how shamed I am that our government betrayed a whole crew of a US Navy ship who were doing their duty for that government. It shows the rot gos back much farther than the present. I would imagine that any US government president, congressman or senator would have a hard time looking you in the eye, cowards do not like to look at those they betray.

    • 60sstreetpunk  October 30, 2013 at 8:14 am

      georgieboy39: I wonder the same thing. Did Senator James Webb of Virginia sell out too.
      This is not an article on abortion but it did bother me that Webb sigend with the Marine Corps from Annapolis in order to defend the USA and its Constitution so he fights against North Vietnam yet votes to let innocent unborn babies die. But Webb did come out against invading Iraq in 2003. BUT, money changes everything. There are some who probably don’t sell out. I knew a lot of enlisted Marines way back when and some Lts and CPTs who didn’t sell out. But they were not career oriented. And we teenagers who were raised by strict and honorable parents couldn’t sell out -at least, many of us could not. 16,000 dead Marines for a war that McNamara knew would not be won.

      With the devotion to Mother Israel, did you really think Hagel would show up?

      I hope the USS Liberty sailors, Marines, and civilians get better justice- some day.

  6. sweetliberty  October 30, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Thank you for this, Mr. Duff.

    Some radio broadcasts about the Vietnam war and wars in general.

    **http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/index.php?title=Special%3ASearch&search=vietnam&go=Go

  7. nancybisset  October 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    The Tesla teck sounds like a plan that would work. :-))) Put them all on the same Planet and let the controllers Fight their own war…. Tesla loved the subject of space travel to other worlds. Yep. Tesla would be so happy to see his inventions working for Humanity not weapon-izing and trying to kill us all.

    It is so shocking to read all about the lies I have heard on Kerry, McCain and all the other puppets.

    Thanks for such knowledge all that have posted here have shared with me. I am grateful for any insights for I did not learn any History, Proper Grammar and a whole lot more in our school systems. I even went off to college and maj on vocal music. No formal music training before. How the heck did I ever graduate I have no idea. Well I do have one comment when I ask my Biology teacher how I could pass his class because I hated the course, he told me I tried so hard…. SO, here you are all catching me up on what went on all those 60 + years I was stuck in Stupid Mode.

    I feel the Human Race has a chance this time around. No one knows the truth we are all debating sharing information and making intelligent guesses as to what is really going on. I need a whole lot of information and today I found a Gem of a share in Gordon Duff’s neatly organized for me as to some of the players in this government game. Thanks again Mr. Duff.

  8. boonie rat 70  October 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    this is a test . suspecting arbitrary block of posts

  9. boonie rat 70  October 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Just a detail ,the USG conducted an experiment in Viet Nam to find out if fewer troops died when soldiers had at least some college level education , wonder what their conclusion was , killing the best and brightest is the name of the game , level the playing field so only idiots are left to profitably herd around .i have friends still have shrapnel , did not prevent them from being re-deployed in to the field in 1970 but then, we were just grunts .

  10. Preston James, Ph.D  October 28, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I think it’s important to note that Vietnam was a DOD experiment done to fine tune the concept perpetual war, while developing sophisticated ways to weaken, sicken, kill, maim and demoralize American soldiers, thus preventing America to have the future political and community leaders it would have otherwise had. In Vietnam this process was fine tuned and has been effectively deployed in all these illegal, undeclared Mideast wars of acquisition for zionist oil and weapon dealers.

    There are twice as many wounded dead American soldiers and “private operators” as has been reported, and the operators do not get any disability benefits.The economy is trashed, the Wall Street Banksters get fat and rich, the defense industry insiders get rich, the people of America are disenfranchised and the soldiers are wounded, killed, disabled with DU and weapons that track back to the main originators of all this who finance and supply both sides. it’s literally a circle of death and destruction where both sides are financed, equipped and trained by the same hidden masters.

    • Chandler  October 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Preston: The more I read this the more I like it. The blatant truth hurts, but awakens people into making changes. Repeated over and over again like they do their lies, will someday sink in, hopefully. You, and the others at VT are doing your patriotic duty, and given your readers and followers a great service. I don’t know what else to do for standing preaching on a street corner reaches very few and can get you arrested especially if you are exposing the new world odor.
      I appreciate you and what your fellow journalists are doing…It is having an impact on educating everyone. It has to make them stop and think, doesn’t it? I admire what you all are doing.

  11. potai  October 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    You didn’t say much that I didn’t know already, Duffster, but I am in full agreement and offer my thanks for speaking out. Now I don’t feel so alone. God, please bring down the self-proclaimed kings and let them rule over each other; Let the free men alone. No more of that mandatory and universal compliance B S for anyone except the lovers of dependence and serfdom. There’s no reason they can’t have what they want, but leave me out of it. When there’s skin to be put into the game, that’s why the freemen always win… it’s because the would-be tyrants always want to put someone else’s skin into the game and not their own.

  12. Bartered  October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I enjoyed what President Putin said about John (wet start) McCain during an interview some years back. He said that anyone who was stuck in a pit for over two years like Senator Mcain during his time as a POW in Korea, would have a hard time being sensible about anything. I’m paraphrasing. I understand he flew his fifth aircraft into the ground in Korea after he was indirectly involved in the USS Forrestal “mishap”. Maybe if his father the Admiral pulled his wings the first time his crashed a bird…

    • Chandler  October 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Definitely and privileged character, traitor, greedy, self-centered hot-tempered and ill-mannered. How does Arizona continue to elect people like this? Why did he stop families of POW/MIA’s from finding out more about their missing members over in Vietnam? What was there to be kept hidden?

    • Bartered  October 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I was thinking Vietnam when I wrote Korea. What a brain fart. I could not agree more to your logic Chandler. Looking at his record for “taking care of Vets” displays a dismal portrayal of someone who was thier, but sees every other vet as a lower class citizen. He is out of his skull, always has been.

    • Chandler  October 29, 2013 at 8:42 am

      I know enough about typos and errors, I make enough of them. McCain is an oddball character anyway. Why would any American stop others from finding their family members this country left behind? Unless he is trying to keep something hidden it makes no sense. How can one man stop the entire multi-family effort? This was a major blow to them. I think he is very sick in the head.

  13. JL  October 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks Gordon.

    Quite interesting article. I’ve never been in a war, but my grandparents had same as all my grand uncles, all of them and they partly raised me up. Maybe it is, that average nonserving american might think that a war is a game to win. Most likely not, but if all the men of the Country were forced to play the game, there may be something after the war but just nightmares.

    The companion was never left behind. It was especially social democrat veterans who rised that as the standard of the nation and the right wing veterans agreed. We must respect private ownership said the right wing veterans, and the social democrat veterans agreed.

    My nation was build up by the veterans and practically speaking most of them good willing organizations were established by the veterans of war. I’m not saying that we needed another war for better World, but how about to listening them veterans never heard.

  14. Preston James, Ph.D  October 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Outstanding and timely expose of what still haunts America and lurks in the deep back offices of the USG and the Secret Shadow Government. Chilling portrayal of what has not yet been fixed and unchecked keeps repeating like a continuously operating player piano.

    It is time to stop this insanity of the secret backrooms of the USG war machine that feed the Central Banksters and the large int’l defense contractors and keep the war profits so high. Hard to believe such criminal psychopaths can continue operating unabated so long, but alas they own the controlled major mass media lock stock and barrel and have the world’s biggest, most effective propaganda machine. However a glitch is now appearing in their system and that is articles like this and the alternative news provided on the worldwide Internet that is growing daily while the CMMM and all its Big Pharma, military recruiting ads, and nonsensical political ads is waning and being replaced. It’s only a matter of time that a new Internet driven world populism will fully emerge and this will be curtains for the back room secret war machine.

  15. jackheart  October 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    And unlike Rome’s praetorian guard you don’t have a license to assassinate them when they go Caligula on you. That is the ultimate system of checks and balances. Outside of George Washington, unlike the herd, i am not unduly impressed with the men who founded America. Most of them were dialecticians. The bullet Burr put in Hamilton was long overdue. I am more impressed with the people. The world needs a New America but its going to take a lot of blood to create one, for me the sooner we get started the better.

  16. jackheart  October 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The average infantryman in the South Pacific during WWII saw about 40 days of combat in four years. The average infantryman in Vietnam saw about 240 days of combat in one year. You guys have nothing but my respect and always have. Vietnam produced some of the hardest men who ever walked the earth and just like Nietzsche who I am so fond of quoting I love only what is hard, hard enough to carve its name into history.

    How did America get to where it is? I blame this whole system Mr. Duff. Why does a guy like Bush or Cheney get to call the shots and guys like you work for them? What happened to the good old days where the king or perspective king took the point when the men went into battle. What happened to Caesar wading into the Battle of Alesia flaying away with his sword.? Democracy is rule by the mob and the mob is just so easily manipulated. The helots would be far better off grazing away their lives under the watchful eye of a man who seized power by his own hand. Mercy and magnanimity is tempered on the battlefield. As Nietzsche said don’t tell me what went into the fire tell me what came out.

    • john ccarleton  October 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      It was called Nobles Oblige, and we lost something when we lost that. Many of them died young, but by god, they were MEN. I also morn the passing of the duel to the death for honor. As for Washington, they do not teach you this but his family fought with the Confederacy, as he would have if he had been still alive.

  17. Chandler  October 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I lost many friends. I lost my best one who was my roommate when our baseball team played out of town games. I lost respect for my government. I still to this day resent these leaders and their blatant and belligerent lying. I despise paying my taxes, and find it despicable for them to pile more and more on my children and grandchildren.
    Clinton, lil boy Bush, Oblunder did not have military service. Reagan and figure head spokesman. Carter in the Navy. Ford, none. Nixon, Navy. Johnson, none.
    When presidents could repair the damage of their predecessors, they continue the onslaught, the lying, the manipulation, the deceit, betrayal and traitorous ways.
    They continue to wreck my country, your country, our ancestors effort to preserve, protect and defend this nation from the very people being let in by the boatloads. Giving amnesty to people who cannot improve their own country, come here to weaken ours and live off those who are lucky enough to have a job.
    My children will seek citizenship elsewhere one day if this trend continues. These losers as presidents must stop and we citizens owe it to ourselves and our children and this country’s future to get it back under our ownership.
    Vietnam was a complete Johnson traitorous lie. JFK was right and they killed him. All these presidential chameleon-candidates know to do is lie to get their way, and destroy America.
    Mr. Duff, I appreciate this article very much. Brings back nightmares of sad news and funerals.

    • Jim W. Dean  October 28, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Footnote: Nixon war a crack poker player, and started his political career with $50K in winnings that he brought back from the war…quite a sum in those days. When the troops got paid on those islands and really no where to spend it, the poker began until much of the payroll end up in the hands of the top players.

      Another footnote: When Prescott Bush had his companies siezed during WWII for trading with the enemy, they were sold off. I had thought the money had been confiscated as a penalty. But actually it had been put in escrow and after the war he somehow (paid some people off) to get it released…$2 million dollars. That is what funded the Bush political dynasty.

    • Niels Laughlin  October 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Footnote to the footnote: Former House Speaker Tip O’Neal was suspicious of this because he claimed he never saw Nixon play poker. However, Nixon was a supply officer.

    • Chandler  October 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Quite a sum indeed. Did not know that. thank you. Nixon was propped up by Prescott wasn’t he?

  18. williammartin  October 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Great article Gordon. For humor on your photo… From skinny runt to grunt. 🙂

    The rest are WHORES OF WARS!

    ” This would be funny if it weren’t true. If John McCain had been around during World War II, the two primary languages in North America would be German and Japanese.”
    Proof that in John McQaeda McCain case Arizona has some very Stupid voters. Reminds me of a kid dangling a condom package to his date – that before the nights over their getting SCREWED!

    It’s a sad time in US history when elected officials instead of promoting healthcare, GMO Labels, fact that US doctors kill annually 210,000 Americans let alone FDA Approved drug deaths and other infrastructure needs, that their devotion to Israel is first and foremost their only agenda. Kickbacks to Israel which come back from Lobbiest to pad their treasonous pockets.

    The War of Terror is actually Israel’s War on all who condemn their decades of genocide.

    Thanks for sharing some factual history.

    • guitargirl  October 29, 2013 at 6:07 am

      It is called AGENDA 21.

      R

  19. Bente  October 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Yes something went wrong…. in and with the USA….

    … and it is true what you say, Gordon, USA lost the Viet Nam war, maybe lost its self respect as a country – Viet Nam won – won their freedom.

    But, has there ever actually been freedom in the USA? The first ones who came over, yes, I think they came honestly for freedom … but then expansion over dead bodies – the Indians’ – and the slaves were brought over … the ones who died on the trip from Africa were perhaps the luckier ones.

    How are you going to handle the mess, you know better than I. But I know this much, it is going to cost – courage, blood, sweat and tears spent right there in the USA and the ones of you, who will do it, will be remembered as the founders of a new nation ….

    Today I had to check up on the year of the French Revolution – it is 1789 – I read a bit and it is amazing how history repeats itself… France 1789 – with all the things that caused that revolution – that is USA 2013. Check it out if you don’t believe me.

    Then they talked about the ”Law of Suspects” 1793 – and that is NSA – 2013.

    Would be wonderful if we could only learn from our mistakes .

    Well Gordon you know better than I what you got to do – you just got to do it man – for with knowing comes that responsibility to DO.

    • nancybisset  October 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Laura Knight-Jadczyk my friend on fb told me to get the book and read the first 20 chapters of “The Education Of Julius Caesar” by Arthur D. Kahn. I did not like History only music was my life. So, when it came to reading all the blogs on this site I became a bit overwhelmed on what was truth + what was a bunch of mis + dis info. I shared these thoughts on her blogs. Well I got the book and read the 483 pages. I was glued to it because the same game is being played on we the people.

      It is so refreshing to read Gordon Duff’s account + how simply he has made it so I can understand what is being said + who major puppets are in our congress and senate. It was a joy reading this VT Post today because I feel truth has been shared by someone in the midst of these conflicts. Thank you.

      Agenda 21 certainly was in full swing especially the dumbing down of our children. I am like a Poster Child of the Rothschild’s Social Engineering Success for it is taking me 4 years to detach from so many of the indoctrination’s and conditioning’s via the Education system and also the Invention we know as Religion.

      I came here to this VT Site to hear from VETERANS such as Gordon Duff to be guided into what I can do as an American Citizen to make a difference? How do we the people combat the Israeli lobbyist’s influence in Wash.D.C.? Wisdom please.

  20. john ccarleton  October 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Anyone who is in favor of starting another war or keeping the ones we have going needs to read this. One of your better ones Gordon. I remember walking through a national cemetery in the early eighties and being shocked at the huge number of young men who were dead in a few short years of returning from the war. Now we are doing it to another generation. This is criminal.

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