America’s Crumbling Military

VT Senior Editor Gordon Duff examines the crumbling U.S. Military

A pig feeding turkey to what?

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

America’s current military was created after Vietnam.  America would fight with machines, not men, would use surrogates, false flag terrorism, economic sanctions and, as a last resort, send out the “volunteer army” which has now racked up loss after loss on the battlefield.

We always lose.

The other guys, freedom fighters, never give up, they simply wait until we are gone.  Our answer is to stay, walled up in bunkers and fortresses, drones patrolling overhead day and night, tiny little concentration camps like al Assad Air Base and K1, where Americans can stay relatively safe until Iran proved different a few days ago.

Contractors, drones, overtrained, overaged “professionals” willing to be the “bad guys” for pay, often for decades, kind of like Hollywood actors, were the answer.

And, if that doesn’t work, get rid of them, send them home, they will die anyway, suicide, Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange or, more appropriately termed, neglect.

War is a racket, all war, all the time.

Washington warned us, the man, not the swamp ridden capitol.  No standing army, no mercenaries, no private contractors, no Hessians, no arms industry, the new republic could not survive it.  Ike said the same thing, exactly and JFK warned us of the cults that existed in Washington’s time and how secret societies were capable of destroying America.

The flaw, of course, was due to the Federalists, the Rothschild-London controlled royalists political party that sided with Britain against the United States in the War of 1812 and was run to Canada or slaughtered.  Without Federalist traitors, the White House would never have been burned.

Alexander Hamilton hated democracy and described it as a form of “tyranny.”

When it all changed was Vietnam.  Americans were sent to the most brutal war in American history, Americans were drafted, unpaid, starved, given shoddy weapons and subject to leadership by a military where Gomer Pyle was considered a tactical genius.

You see, the military of Vietnam was a mix of rural poor and a full spectrum of urban-suburban enlistees and draftees, the last generation of what represented the end of American education.

Vietnam was the end of the citizen-soldier in America.  In combat units, real combat units, not the movie and TV kind, there were no officers, they were unwelcome, openly shunned.

Moreover, the physical demands of the extremes of Vietnam made it impossible for those who stayed in the rear to function in the field, except for vehicles or looking from a helicopter down on the fighting.

This is how many officers died in Vietnam, those who weren’t murdered by their own men.

Murder.  Vietnam was all about murder.  It was how every problem was dealt with.

With an NCO corps of “Southern boys” and Tier One and above operators ghetto gangsters and former high school football heroes with a psychopathic bent, the increasingly clownish efforts of the amateurs, and officers and staff NCO’s, with rare exceptions were amateurs, were met with a homicidal vengeance.

Units, entirely E3 and below, would return from weeks in the field to endless punishment details and then be sent out again.

These units began forming their own military, giving up on the program entirely, and running their own operations, not against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese but against the US military.  Units would simply disappear, there was no radio direction finding.  Units would leave their radios in a nearby village and report in that they reached checkpoints while, in truth, they would create their own compound miles into the hills where the supposed enemy would look the other way.

Why?  When units ran patrols, sometimes 2 weeks at a time with no resupply, living off the land, there was never a report or debriefing, even when there were combat and casualties.

Acts of Medal of Honor level heroism went “unrewarded” unless they happened outside the office of a colonel.

Vietnam gave us what we have now, a military that stays silent, millennials with Skype, WhatsApp, and Playstations addicted to “3 hots and a real mattress.”  No frozen feet at Bastogne here, no sleeping in 3 inches of water with your feet tied to a bush so you don’t wash away…like Vietnam.  If only I were making that up…

Without the thousands of high IQ college draftees and ghetto hardasses that made our last citizens army, and their ability to fight back against corruption and injustice, we end up where we are now.

The bloodletting here at home after Vietnam lasted not so long.  By 1975 and the end of the war, those who really fought were sick of life in America.  It wasn’t worth coming home to.  Economic collapse, the rise of right-wing redneck extremism, hokey religion, poisonous Nixon and then the death knell of Reagan, a hateful pickled toad.

The die-off began immediately, cancer, suicide, right off another 50k, then another 75k then another 500k until those who were left were mostly like Zombies.

I knew them then when they were giants.


Senior Editor , VT
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.

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  1. and mr duff, let’s not forget there are exceptions to your rule of today’s military. my 3 sons. and countless others. competent thinkers & handlers. yes men; in the wise go-long-to-get-along sense. emotionally intelligent as well as other intelligences. survivors and doers. accomplish’ers. i’ll go so far as to conjure w/o hard numbers, sociopath mishandlers at the top, starting with mcnamara, were/are the prime causes of our military losses. sociopath mishandlers come with corporate territory.

  2. “… given shoddy weapons and subject to leadership by a military where Gomer Pyle was considered a tactical genius.” credit the sociopath numbers man for that, Robert McNamara, then defense secretary. mr run-it-by-the-numbers problem solver. (and yes, statistical control worked in ww2. then, the whiz kids were under charles bates thornton, a better manager than mcnamara.) at one point, all the chiefs of staffs talked — only for a miniscule instance — of resigning en-masse because of mcnamara’s mess.

  3. Pence is indeed a nasty bit of work. “Thank you for your service” should include “israel thanks you for your service” but the reality is, Israel considers American soldiers as nothing more than useful idiots for their zionist cause. The more that are wounded or die there the less they care. In truth they celebrate the deaths of Americans in the middle east as there are less goyim to deal with after they’ve lost their usefulness to the zionist pigs.
    Personally I wouldn’t go near Pence, let alone shake his filthy claw. My fear is he would contaminate me with the religious rubbish he carries with him. Much like the carrier of typhoid or smallpox.
    As for Viet NAm, it is America’s shame. The war we lost because America was there to prop up a corrupt regime, a war with no moral authority behind it, only lies and propaganda. A war that enriched the MIC and paid nice dividends to stock holders.
    Gen. Smedly Butler was correct, war is a racket.
    Do not allow your children or grand children anywhere near a military recruiter.

  4. All so true and delivered at the perfect time Mr. Duff.
    If only a portion of those unknown, unrewarded, discarded, veteran, military heroes remained and could some how believe that all is not lost. The “backbone” of moral decency, the shear fight for survival, and the desire for liberty on a “land of the free and home of the brave”; all of these conceptualizations still exist.
    These heroes are needed now, more than ever to fight for their own homeland. Things have been allowed to go too far here in the United States so it does appear that we are standing on the precipice of a Second American Revolution in which the citizens must fight against their own federal government.
    By the way….that includes men and women currently in all branches of military service. May be some of them still hold high ideas for their own welfare and that of the land that they occupy.

    “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” ——Patrick Henry; St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia March 23, 1775.

  5. Be interesting to know current retention and enlistment numbers? Not long ago not a branch in our military could meet retention/enlistment goals the AF lacking pilots. Many recent mishaps were the result of a lack of training and competence the Navy unable to navigate on the high seas several collisions the past few years. Much of the talent has left the service either exhausted, disillusioned or forced out due to political correctness, they really don’t want problem solvers or people will call out corruption. Like our military our nation is exhausted. The days of large invasion forces and occupations is over our military less ready less capable than advertised couldn’t fight or sustain a one front war right now not necessarily a bad thing. We’re not fighting for anything most of us that’ve served know it it’s depressing once you wake up to the truth. In the beginning of my military career I believed in what I was doing, towards the end I was disillusioned serving for the people I was serving with. The Pentagon is a black hole of corruption, Space-Force is about more than space it’s about funding special projects and programs the future of warfare is special and unmanned weapons systems so they can kill people remotely using stand-off weapons systems.

    • Justice doesn’t exist in America only applies to us Serfs or anyone a threat to exposing their traitorous crimes. Our government is Organized Crime the FBI and Department of Justice their enforcers. Don’t trust law enforcement or the military most could care less about the constitution or our rights. In many places all across America law enforcement is nothing more than armed enforcers for corrupt politicians and a corrupt government they’ll do what they’re ordered to do for a paycheck and a pension doesn’t matter who it is paying them if it’s a Communist or Crony Capitalists one and the same it’s Crony Capitalists sold us out to Communists it’s Zionist Organized Criminals control our government.

  6. You know what ? America’s Military been busy since WW2 every TWO Years since WW2 America’s Military been off Every TWO Years to a new Enemy in a different land AND Simply Honestly IF You just note the war histories the you , USA VS AAA . proceed till current day USA VS ZZZ , ……. then you note that’s Basically America Against the Whole World , Shit like War Happens to USA Every TWO Years ……. Absolute Tonnes of Open Conflict Arrangements ……. The USA in the Briefest Summaries Is Exhausted with imposed Wars , Iran is Fresh and Loaded So Maybe Trump’s Volunteering USA to become the Victims of Iranain Agression because as a FAT White Pig Trump has to be repugnant and grabby Europeon Colonising Disease …….. USA got Billions and Decades for War , Already for Decades the USA has been the repugnant Pig that said ” Hey Here we come tp spend Billions and Decades in Bombs to Extinct You in Your Far Away Land because we don’t give a shit about you coz you’re too too far away from us to know you far away people and besides we the Eurpeons damn right know the Europeons must Conquer to Educate ” Savages ” and Of Course during Educating the Savages Whatever Savage thought He Has is Europeon Now …… To Europeons Colors seem to mean like it just means everyone is inferior to whiles ,,,, seen a bit of that at least ….. and Americans are bad with their attitude and their pig headed consistant behavior people have hardened themselves as dug in enemy …..

  7. In 1969, I was aware of the Kellogg Corporation nuke demolition system which Kellogg and the Rockefellers had installed in the ARCO WTC experimental tower edifice, but it was to take a few more months before the edifice was actually zapped with this device and vaporized. A second, LARGER component to this system was tested 2 weeks later somewhere to the south. Get me to the GITMO Tribunals, or put me in contact with authorities to judge what usefulness and justice could be served. VT has proven to be an inadequate source of patriotic support towards these ends, as if NOT KNOWING was to everybody’s advantage. Get me to GITMO to tell the truth and get the Muslim and Arab suspects the freedom to go home or where ever they want so that justice is served, and end much of the uncertainty as to how these system worked, and how they also were installed in the Chicago Sears & Roebuck tower(now Willis tower) and another similar system was installed in the Manhattan U.N. building during its construction in the early 1960s.

    • I will agree with the Muslim and Arab suspects on one thing, WAY TO MUCH ENERGY is being wasted by the Americans and Europeans to destructive ends, and it needs to be chopped off or neutered since 9-11-2001. Elements of the U.S. have proven to be a liar, a cheat, a murderer, and a pig. Innocent people are being tortured and worse at GITMO. Help us stop it, and bring the real 9-11 perpetrators to justice. Clean up comes later, which would be a healthy joy for our troops to help with.

    • This all may sound grandiose to you. To me, I have been sitting in the same frigging seat for 50 years with this frigging mess staring me in the face. You guys were in Vietnam. I was sitting in the Seattle engineers’ office computer operator’s chair which I stole TWO DAYS after learning that they MANDATED the installation of the Kellogg nuke demolition systems, which I understood, in the Manhattan World Trade Center. For the tenth time, at least ten times, THIS IS NOT THEORY. I WAS THERE. Bring the troops home. Apologizing for the elected scum which abused their authority during criminal acts destroying north Africa and the middle east, although it is not my department, help me get it right. My father knew that the authorities intended to set the Manhattan nukes off to kill a large number of people back in 1969, and WE TOLD EVERYBODY, including full bird colonels and congressmen. Watch the post-impact videos of the towers. You can see conventional ordnance and oxyacetylene rigs cutting the corner columns in half, and massive numbers of squibs going off, but no Arabs or Muslims. Guarding the towers was a Bush family contract. Ya’ll shooting at the wrong targets. Who is the vainglorious puke blocking this message.

  8. I was stationed at Da Nang, s. Vietnam with the 1st logistical Command, on our Base was the ‘Morgue’, it was a depressing place, in 1969, also there was a ‘Frag Incident’ a Captain and a MSG, were attacked by some soldiers! There was very little discipline, drinking and drugs were all over the place! I went back for a second Tour, I was naïve, escaped from the Communist Paradise of Hungary in November 1956 after the Soviet Horde was called in, by Hungarian Communist Jews, I was determined to save the S. Vietnamese from the same fate, that my native country had to endure! In’75, thanks to Kissinger, we abandoned the People of S. Vietnam! 58,282 of my fellow soldiers didn’t make it home!!

    • We didn’t do the Vietnamese people any favors by dropping millions of tons of bombs on them……no different than the German cities that were bombed into rubble, or the millions of gallon of deforestation chemicals/ Agent Orange that was used so recklessly and made much of the nation unusable for agriculture and has caused genetic defect in humans and animals. Today the Vietnamese people are suffering from the effects of uncontrolled spraying of the glyphosate based defoliant, the same that has caused so many cancer deaths of ex GIs fighting there. The rate of birth defects in Vietnam is very high and will continue to be so for a long time.
      At this point one could make the suggestion that Viet Nam was a testing ground for new weapons including chemical warfare.