Thursday, October 20, 2011

Be Careful of the Company You Keep

A little history lesson is appropriate here. Back in the day…around the early 1970s, a couple of civilians, one of whom is a prominent economist today, and the other of whom is still leading dissent against wars, got together with a couple of disgruntled Vietnam Veterans who had formed a group called Citizens Commission of Inquiry [into alleged war crimes committed by the US troops during the Vietnam War] and formed a plan called The Winter Soldier Investigation [WSI], sponsored by that sterling group, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War [VVAW—not to be confused with the VVA or the VFW]. WSI was funded in part by the efforts of, among others, that person we all know so well as Hanoi Jane Fonda. Don’t act surprised.

Essentially, The Winter Soldier Investigation was a massive 3-day press conference held in Detroit [close to Canada, of course], at which press coverage was almost non-existent. However, a video was made and released in 1972. Testifying at this ‘press conference’ were many Vietnam Veterans, all of whom talked of atrocities and war crimes.

Subsequent to this, one of the most vocal and visible members of VVAW, Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade John Kerry [yes, THE John Kerry who is now a US Senator and ran unsuccessfully for President in 2004], wearing green fatigues, and his medals, testified before Congress and in the process made assertions based on testimony he heard at the Winter Soldier Investigation, that atrocities and war crimes were committed as a matter of course every day during the war…yes, that’s correct, atrocities were every day occurrences. He blamed the entire corps of officers ranked above himself as knowing about the crimes and atrocities and turning a blind eye toward it, leading him to the further assertion that such crimes and atrocities were US policy! Later, he even pointed the finger at himself for atrocities like…free fire zones, and using .50 caliber machine guns…really? The next day Kerry, when he was certain there was plenty of press around, joined a group of Veterans who threw their medals over a fence at the Capitol. [We quite frankly wonder where this stroke of conscience was while he was serving in Vietnam?]

And many of you wonder why you were shunned, and spit on, and called "baby killer" when you returned from the war, and why sometimes you had to sneak through an airport in civvies to make it home without being confronted by some bozos who bought into all this.

Well, a good many of those Bozos we have been writing about in the last two entries here are still at it. Some are running legal services for deserters and other troops who are accused of crimes, and celebrating victories like when the Army recently dropped plans to jail a trooper for a year for being AWOL. There’s a victory to be proud of!

Far too many of these folks likely found their way into the Department of Veterans Affairs [DVA], which could explain why the DVA has fought against Agent Orange benefits since the war was still going on.

Still far too many others are now very visible and vocal members of the Internet Veterans world, cranking out email after email filled with the most minute details of AO stories, and studies and research and investigative reports, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseam. They aren’t just about what happened to the US Veterans who were exposed, these are the folks that are beating the drums to give benefits to EVERYONE who was EVER exposed to dioxin-containing herbicides. They are quite happy to revolt you with pictures of the grossly disfigured Vietnamese children. And as we made quite clear yesterday, there is no money to pay for such coverage for everybody.

So, why are they doing it? Well, they have to know Uncle Sam’s pockets have been picked clean by Congress after Congress, corporate greed, a bloated housing market, and a world wide recession. There is no money to be had for such a grandiose scheme.

But God help you if you have worked hard, and belong to a subset of exposed persons who successfully banded together and pressed for legislation of a far lower cost to cover just your group. You will be hard pressed to keep those other groups away from your bill, and every group that gets added to the bill pulls tens of thousands of dollars, or more, out of the US Treasury per person added. Billions per group: That’s Guam = $billions! That’s Okinawa = $billions more! There’s the Philippines = still $billions more! There’s Johnston Island = many $billions more!

Get the picture?

Many of these folks will not own up to having been members of VVAW. Some, however, still proudly put their membership in VVAW right underneath their USMC rank on the articles they send out.

VVAW was the group of Veterans who, while most of us were off fighting the war, fulfilling our duty, were back home joining demonstrations against the war, taking advantage of the "free love" generation, and undermining what we were doing over there.

Were they right? Well, is there any substantial difference between what we did in Iraq, and Kuwait and Vietnam? Our collective Uncle Sugar, who is currently about as broke as the guy who lost his mortgage on the last race at Churchill Downs, has this habit of stepping in to help the little guy. A dozen or so years after the truce was signed at Panmunjom ending the Korean War, or at least temporarily stopping it, we stepped in to help the South Vietnamese, because of the very real presence of a communist backed insurgency there. How is that different in principle from rescuing Kuwait from a Saddam Hussein takeover, or Afghanistan from the Taliban?

Well, perhaps it was different…maybe we were all over there indiscriminately shooting the place up, dumping 20 million gallons of what the government knew was highly toxic poison all over the country, burning out villages, executing and torturing civilians and the like. And we were, of course, the only ones doing any of that atrocity stuff. Weren’t we?

Not a justification, but quite frankly, I think the whole Winter Soldier thing and John Kerry's 'testimony' was 95% bulls**t.

Doesn’t matter, for our VVAW and other ‘peacenik’ friends are still making us pay for doing our duty.

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous09:56

    Interesting to note that John Kerry's Silver Star medal that he threw over the fence at the White House; is now displayed on the wall of his senate office.....that this man almost became President of the United States (well, he got to RUN anyway) is nothing short of amazing....until you stop and think about it.

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  2. Anonymous09:59

    Hanoi John Kerry even went so far as to accuse any of us who fired H&I Missions of war crimes. He committed Treason against my country and should have been hanged for it but with the Forbes pedigree.....
    His fellow Commies are now in control of our Government; they hate our guts. But, they are good at propaganda.

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