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The Vietnam War in 1970: GIs Kill Their Own Officers While Government Slays Student Protestors

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The Most Revolutionary Act

A Sea of Fire, Episode 8

The Vietnam War

Directed by Ken Burn and Lyn Novick

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This week Maori TV showed A Sea of Fire, Episode 8 of the Vietnam War series. It covers the period from April 4, 1969 to May 1970 and the massacre of four students at Kent State and two at Jackson State

By April 1969, there were 543,482 US troops fighting in Vietnam, with thousands more on nearby naval vessels and support bases. By that date, 40,794 GIs had died in Vietnam.

 

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Lessons for the Sanders’ Revolution of 2016 From the Doomed Progressive Politics of the Post-Vietnam Era in Australia

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new-logo25kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

“Fear and negativity won out in Australia after the coup. Again, that familiar tune. We learn from this that opponents of change will do anything. As we’ve seen here, they will play dirty, they will vow and pledge and undermine like there’s no tomorrow. We cannot expect them to abide by democracy or decency.” – Meaghan Delahunt

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Four decades ago in Viet Nam War-era Australia, after a decade in which that nation’s progressive thinkers (especially its logically anti-imperialist, antiwar youth) were fed up with Australia’s collaboration in the stupidity and the atrocities of the American-led Vietnam War, a political movement emerged that came close to revolutionizing the ever-lasting right-wing Australian political system.

The early 1970s were exciting times for progressives, and it was happening at the exact same time that the disastrous and ill-conceived agendas of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were provoking chants in the streets that said “Hell No, We Won’t Go”. Australian progressives were sympathizing with returning American Viet Nam veterans who testified about the war crimes that they had committed “in country” and then, in disgust, went to Washington, DC and threw their military medals at the Pentagon.

The revolutionary Australian movement of the early 1970s was virtually indistinguishable from the politics of the 2016 Bernie Sanders-led movement that came close to upsetting America’s entrenched, conservative, perpetual war, pro-Wall Street, pro-privatization political system that has had increasingly firm control of America’s electoral politics for the last century. Back then, in Australia’s major parliamentary elections of 1972 and 1974, the Australian Labour Party’s very popular progressive politician (and democratic socialist) Gough Whitlam was elected and then re-elected as Prime Minister. Whitlam was vigorously opposed by the very conservative (right-wing, NeoLiberal) Liberal Party – the equivalent of the conservative Tory Party in England.

Below is what author Meaghan Delahunt has to say about how progressive politics in Australia was decapitated. Delahunt has uniquely experienced both the crushing Australian coup d’etat in 1975 and the equally crushing (and failed) Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014 (to gain independence from Great Britain). More

“Hanoi Jane” Fonda to be honored??

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As a young bride in 1970, I walked through the Denver airport with my injured husband, a veteran of the Vietnamese War as we headed for home after his release from the Marine Corps.   Dressed in his uniform, his head bandaged from a severe shrapnel wound, limping from numerous injuries to other parts of his body, various people spat on him, called him names and booed him as we passed through the terminal. 

My husband fought in that war, one started under the pretense of an attack that never happened against the US, by Lyndon Johnson.  Like our soldiers of today he believed he was fighting for his country, for freedom and was prepared to give his life in that war and very nearly did so.  And like our soldiers of today, had to come to the realization that he was simply a pawn for government and corporate interests. 

While I vehemently oppose the current wars, I would never under any circumstances oppose, denigrate or diminish those who have and who do serve.  I would have enough sense to remember they fought for us. 

I also remember Hanoi Jane.  I remember the rage at this woman’s betrayal of our soldiers who suffered at the hands of the North Vietnamese because of her betrayal.  And Obama wants to honor her?  For what?  Marti

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Barbara Walters & Comments on Jane Fonda

She can lead her present life the way she wants and perhaps SHE can
forget the past, but we DO NOT have to stand by without comment to see
that she is “honored” as a “Woman of the Century”.

Never Forgive A Traitor

Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the ‘100 Women of the Century’.

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The US government: A deliberate intention to deceive

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010-11 All Rights Reserved

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I first published this article in May of 2010.  Now, while many people are cheering the supposed death of BinLaden, it comes as no surprise that many others immediately began looking for holes in this story.  It comes as even less of a surprise that they found them. 

The staging of this affair over Bin Laden will no doubt be exposed eventually for the fabrication that I personally believe it is.  The story of this adventure has changed so many times in the short period since it was supposed to have occured that even those who initially thought it was a fact have walked away in disgust realizing there is something wrong with this whole scenario.

If you erroneously believe that our government, whether Republican or Democrat controlled, would not engage in deception against us, please read on.  Our government on all levels operates with a deliberate intention to deceive…….us.

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Conspiracy theories: We learned how to construct them based on our governments historical and expert use of them.

I believe I first became aware of the unthinkable knowledge our own government would lie to us, when Kennedy was assassinated. And yes, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. 

Until I actually attempted to read the Warren Commissions report on the presidents murder, I had believed totally the story that the government had prepared for the public; a lone gunman with ties to Russia (blah, blah, blah).  It was when I got to the portion of the report that detailed Arlen Specter’s “magic bullet” theory things began falling apart for me. 

This so-called theory caused me to have an epiphany; the government had lied and has continued lying ever since not only about the Kennedy assassination, but damn near everything else you can think of where they insert themselves.  But this particular moment, when I realized the Specter theory was a carefully fabricated lie was also the moment I realized that the government was not to be trusted.  If they would lie to us about something so devastating to the country, so important to the morale and the soul of our country…..what else would they lie about?

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Epiphanies Have a Way of Lifting Man-Made Fogs

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by W. R. McAfee, Sr. (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Recently I read an interview with an LBJ devotee who’d left Berkeley with a PhD in political science in 1964.  Then he heard Dean Rusk make the case (in 1965) for “deterrence” (aka The Domino Theory) and  “. . .with just a few of Rusk’s well-chosen sentences . . .realized with a slap to the forehead that I’d missed a whole issue in foreign policy.”

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SHAME ON THE AMERICAN PRESS

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04-12-2010 6:45 pm – John Wallace

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What is the true meaning of COURAGE. It’s a shame the American Press doesn’t know what it is. Well, here’s an example of what true courage is.

You’re a 19 year old kid in the US Army during the VietNam War. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

It ‘s November 11, 1967. LZ (landing zone) X-ray.

Your unit is outnumbered 8 to 1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.

You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

Then – over the machine gun noise – you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter.

You look up to see a Huey coming in. But … It doesn’t seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.

He’s not MedEvac so it’s not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.

Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway.
And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.

And, he kept coming back !! 13 more times!! Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman , United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho . May God Bless and Rest His Soul.

I bet you didn’t hear about this hero’s passing on your local or national media, because the press was more concerned with the fake courage of Tom Hanks, the sexcapades of Tiger Woods and Jesse James, and who was still left on “Survivor.”

Shame on the American media !!!

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