[ Editor’s Note: The usual sifting we do here at VT caught a rare fish with this retired Marine pilot sharing his experiences and shock over his fellow white Marines’ infatuation with Trump, when as officers they were trained to be just the opposite.
This paralleled my own shock of another officer corps group, where I was discussing doing a potential briefing on the fake Trump Steal fiasco that laid the foundation for the Capitol coup.
They took a pass on the offer, stating that they would feel uncomfortable being connected to anything that could be viewed as supporting a ‘Biden communist government’.
And this mind you, was after I had sent a copy of the historic Joint Chiefs of Staff letter where they laid down the law that Biden had won the election, it had been certified, and he was going to be inaugurated on January 20th.
When I read Colonel Westmoreland’s experience with his fellow Marine pilots, it just added to what the capital coup had shown us, that the cops and military are infected with the racism stain, despite all the training they have about maintaning good order. Most do, but deep down in the hearts of some, they are just play acting.
The biggest shocker for me is the 45% poll number for Republicans stating that they were just fine with the attempted Capitol coup, but then I remembered that that segment of the party are the hard core Trumpers, and their only regret is that they were not successful.
VT sees some common links to the Business Plot of 1933 where the American Legion was the spearhead for attempting a coup against Roosevelt, using Marine General Smedley Butler to lead the troops, but he was smart enough to take a pass.
We see the same mindset in the people who are the real power behind the Trumpers, trying to impose a fascistic government onto America, but via the poorly chosen Orange Buffoon. To all of Trump’s military supporters I would have to ask, “What part of ‘losers and suckers’ do you not get?”
The military is not alone in this thinking, as plenty of cops are onboard, especially the Oathkeepers. VT spotted them (white cops) getting up early during the Black Lives Matter riots so they could bring in their pallets of bricks to be used downtown in the cities.
They even broke store windows for the molotov cocktail boys to later follow them and burn businesses out, to make it look like Democratic governors could not control their cities and to clear the way for Trump to send troops in.
If anyone were to stop them while exiting the mayhem, they could just pull out their badge and claim they were working undercover, a long used scam. America is going to get a long hard look in the mirror before all of this is over, if it ever is.
A full investigation of the Capitol coup has to go back much further to the summer disturbances that had psy warfare neon signs flashing all over them. We have people at VT who had a lot of experience on this during the Cold War… Jim W. Dean ]
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The hope to be ‘fun day’ will turn out to be a tragedy for the seditionist Trumpers
First published … January 19, 2021
We will remember the attacks of Jan. 6 with the same horror as we remember the terrorist attacks of 9/11. While there was far less loss of life at the U.S. Capitol, our loss of national dignity was far worse.
According to a report from ABC News, “at least nine of those arrested for participating in the riot have been confirmed to be former members of the U.S. military,” and, as for the upcoming inauguration, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press Sunday that defense officials are “taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation” to guard against the potential of an attack being carried out by military personnel.
In 2015 and 2016, I belonged to a by-invitation-only social media group of former Marine Corps fighter pilots. I was astounded at the group’s overwhelming support for Trump. This was not a group of “the uneducated” whom Trump famously professed to love, but a group of educated, highly intelligent, highly accomplished former military leaders.
There were 17 Republican presidential candidates then, and I’d routinely ask, “Why Trump?” What makes him so much more appealing than the other sixteen candidates? My friends all struggled with this question so I answered it for them: the overt, in-your-face racism and bigotry.
Look at the crowd that stormed the Capitol: a mob of white supremacists peppered with groups like the Boogaloo Boys, Proud Boys, Aryan Nations – littered with people wearing shirts with logos stating that not enough Jews were killed in the Holocaust. The folks in that crowd who are not members of those groups had no problem joining those who are.
I’m white, as are more than 95% of Marine Corps fighter pilots. I don’t remember many issues or instances of racism from my Marine Corps days. I have no evidence or cause to call any of my former colleagues racists. But they overlooked, tolerated and attempted to minimize Trump’s racism. So what does that say about them?
We spent years aspiring to, teaching, living the 14 Marine Corps leadership traits, such as justice, integrity, unselfishness, judgment. We followed leadership principles like “setting the example” and “taking responsibility.” We studied history, politics and warfare. We held each other accountable. We were better leaders and we were better pilots than our contemporaries in the Air Force and Navy.
We were brutally honest with each other in identifying and correcting weaknesses and deficiencies. In my mind, Trump is the embodiment of everything we stood against: an incompetent leader, a racist, a liar, a con man. It’s been hard to swallow that most of my former colleagues are all in for him.
Not only did 74 million Americans vote for him, but a YouGov poll indicates that 45% of Republicans are OK with the attack on the Capitol. This latter group should be a sobering concern to us all.
As for my former colleagues — men I spent most of my adult life with, men I flew in combat with, men with whom I celebrated weddings and the births of our children, I’ve spoken to very few of them since 2016. Whatever bonds held us together are not strong enough for me to turn a blind eye to their embrace of what I believe has been the biggest threat to our nation since the Civil War.
On a crystal clear fall day in 1994, I was patrolling the skies over Sarajevo as the sun set over a city that looked as though it could just as easily have been Cleveland as a city in Europe. I had a front row seat as Serb forces in hills surrounding the besieged civilians in the city below opened fire with tanks, artillery, and mortars and fired indiscriminately for more than two hours.
Seeing supposedly civilized Europeans indiscriminately kill civilians was something I was not prepared for. As I watched the attack on the U.S. Capitol this month, I got the same feeling in the pit of my stomach and the same metallic taste in my mouth that I experienced on that day in 1994.
I don’t think average citizens understand how dangerous the tolerance of lies by political leaders can be. Lies and hate led to the rise of fascism in the former Yugoslavia. Lies and hate led to the rise of the Third Reich. Lies and hate led to the attack on our Capitol on January 6th.
Every American should stop and consider that. at this minute, thousands of American troops are deployed to the capital city of the United States to protect our government against violence and threats from Americans — after an attack by Americans.
I wonder how my former colleagues feel about the attacks carried out by their fellow Trump supporters. Is it too late for them to remember that they once swore an oath to the country and the Constitution and not to a party led by a dangerous man?
This piece was first published by the Louisiana Illuminator, a sister publication of Arizona Mirror and a member of the States Newsroom network of local nonprofit newsrooms.
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