Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Friday, September 28, 2012

By WashingtonsBlog

According to US officials, Israel is training and supporting Iranian terrorists who are trying to topple the Iranian government.  Those Israeli-funded terrorists have faked documents to falsely indicate that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Israel has admitted to previous use of false flag attacks to justify war against Middle Eastern nations. . .

One of America’s top constitutional and military law experts – Jonathan Turley – writes:
"Many critics have argued that there is a concerted effort to push the United States into a war with Iran by supporters of Israel. . . lists a series of historical events used to push the country into war like the Gulf of Tonkin incident that gave us the Vietnam War. . .

Medievalist poses as champion of “modernity”

By Justin Raimondo

In a rational world, Israel would be in the dock. Continue

Israel Is A Pretty Crazy State

An Interview With Noam Chomsky

I would not be surprised if they staged some kind of an incident in the Persian Gulf.

President Ahmadinejad's Speech At UN

Video and Transcript

The engine of unbridled capitalism with its unfair system of thought has reached the end of road and is unable to move. Continue


We Love The People of the United States : Ahmadinejad

Video & Transcript.

President Ahmadinejad Complete 2012 Interview With Piers Morgan.

  'Our (New) Terrorists' the MEK: Have We Seen This Movie Before?

By Coleen Rowley

If only the American people would wake up to this corruption, they might find themselves, at the very least, extremely confused that some of the same U.S. political figures who were so hell-bent to take out Saddam Hussein are now sponsoring one of Saddam's main "terrorist" underlings.


By Patrick Gavin

"He thinks the world is his plate, that national sovereignties mean nothing, drones can go anywhere." Continue


America's Drone Attacks Are 'Killing 49 People for Every Known Terrorist

By Leon Watson

Just one in 50 victims of America’s deadly drone strikes in Pakistan are terrorists – while the rest are innocent civilians, a new report claimed.


US Delegation Set to Protest Drone Strikes

By Medea Benjamin

The anti-war delegation traveling to Pakistan will demonstrate that there are Americans calling for an end to the CIA’s killer drone strikes.


US Designated Assange 'Enemy of State'

By Philip Dorling

THE US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States - the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.

 Julian Assange to UN
'US Trying to Erect National Secrecy Regime'

Video and Transcript

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called on the United States to move from words to actions, and put an end to its persecution of WikiLeaks, its people and its sources. He made the statement during an address to a panel of UN delegates.


USA Will Continue Wars As Long As Dollar Remains Reserve Currency

Interview With Paul Craig Roberts

The US today is ruled by an oligarchy of private interests. Continue


9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing as a Strategy of Tension

Peter Dale Scott
An Alternative Analysis of Deep Events: State Crimes Against Democracy. Continue


By Nina Chestney

More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

Friday, September 21, 2012

'Capitalism Hits the Fan' - Richard Wolff
Video - lecture by Prof. Richard Wolff

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today's economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.
Every word and minute of this brilliant 1:45 lecture should grab your attention!

'Capitalism Hits the Fan'
A lecture by Richard Wolff (Unabridged Version). Transcript. - PDF
Filmed by Paul Hubbard at Brown University, Providence RI on 12-2-09


Is Obama the Trojan Horse, a Psychopath or a Bad Boyfriend?

By Jill Dalton
". . .I believe Barack Obama was put into office to do what no Republican could ever have gotten away with. . ."  Continue


"They" Hate Us Because We Bomb Them

A short and to the point 5 minute VIDEO - highly recommended!

Abby Martin dissects the ongoing narrative of sweeping generalizations resounding in the establishment following a wave of protests that have spread across the Muslim world and explores why 'they' really hate the West.  

Abby wraps up with a look at the US’s notorious international military training facility, the School of the Americas, with interviews from peace activist Father Roy Bourgeois, and takes a closer look at US foreign policy in Latin America in a discussion with RT Producer Rachel Kurzius.    


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Road To WW3
   World War III Is Coming And Here's Why!?

US Hegemony - The Birth Of The Petro Dollar

A 13 minute video that might change the way you see the world.

"Why did the United States attack Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen?  Why are US operatives helping to destabilize Syria?  And why is the United States government so intent on taking down Iran? . . . And what's next?  What are we headed for? . . . it makes perfect sense once you know the real motives of the powers that be. . ."

Watch this excellent, short video to understand the real motives behind the wars of the past two decades.

Posted September 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The mainstream media would like us to believe that "Violent Muslims are rioting just because of an offensive video."  Really?  Is that all this is really about?  I think not!

The anti-Islamic video was clearly designed to provoke this violent outrage, and it may well have been the spark.  But the real cause of justified outrage throughout the world has been building up for a very long time - and it is the outrage against many decades of Western ('Christian'?) warmongering and exploitation.   

Libya: 'Death to America'

By Paul Craig Roberts

Try to imagine more deluded reporting than this by America’s Presstitute "free press." 

For 11 years Washington in pursuit of its rightful hegemony has been sending troops, bombers, jet fighters, helicopter gunships, drones, and assassination teams into seven Muslim countries. Two of the Muslim countries, Iraq and Libya, and perhaps more depending on how you see it, have been overthrown by Washington and left in chaos.

Washington’s assaults on seven countries have blown up weddings, funerals, kids’ soccer games, farm houses, hospitals, aid workers, schools, people walking along the streets, village elders, but the Muslims don’t mind! They understand that the well-meaning Americans who love them and are committed to their human rights, are bringing them democracy and women’s rights. The million or more dead, maimed, and displaced Muslims are a low price to be paid for liberation by Washington.

The Muslims understand that liberation has costs and were content with Washington’s liberating violence until some idiot in California produced an anti-Islamic film. This film, and not Washington’s predations, set the Muslim world alive with "hate America."

On the symbolic date of September 11, the US ambassador to Libya and some other Washington representatives were assassinated in Libya. 

According to the Presstitute media, the assassins did not kill the Americans because Washington destroyed their country and left them in chaos. The assassins killed the Americans because of an anti-Islamic film for which the murdered American representatives were not responsible.

This is the way Washington works and thinks. It is not Washington’s slaughter of Muslims and control over their societies and political life that produces blowback. It is independent film-makers in California!

Deluded politicians in Washington, both Republicans and Democrats and, of course, the bought-and-paid-for "experts," brought these forceful rejections of America upon us all. 

Washington has not only attacked Muslim countries on the basis of concocted lies – weapons of mass destruction, al Qaeda connections, brutal dictators – but also destroyed the secular governments who held the Islamists in check, and prevented their attacks on US representatives and institutions.

In Egypt, long an American puppet states, the US Embassy was stormed and the US flag was torn apart. If only this was all. Washington could again purchase the Egyptian government, as it has since Anwar Sadat’s assassination. But the ongoing news is that Anti-American protests are not only spreading across the Middle East but erupting throughout the world: Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Gaza, Bangladesh, Lebanon, London, and even into Israel.

The Obama administration is blaming al Qaeda, an Islamist group that the administration is currently supporting in its efforts to overthrow the secular Assad government in Syria and the group that the Obama administration used to overthrow the Libyan government, thus leaving a power vacuum in its place. 

Having destroyed the protection from Islamist attacks that secular Arab rulers provided Washington, Obama, in a show of force, has sent drones, aircraft carriers, Marines, and Tomahawk missile ships to Libya, raising the prospect that more schools and children's soccer games will be mistaken for jihadi encampments and blown up.

Attempting to politicize the turmoil, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared that the US needed him in the White House and as president he would provide "…the leadership that America respects and will keep us admired throughout the world."

What admiration is Romney talking about? Who are the admirers? In Egypt Muslims marching to the beat of "death to America," have not been deterred by police after three days of protests. CBS reports that "Police continue to fire tear gas in hopes it will deplete the strength of the demonstrators but they [the demonstrators] are proving relentless."

Kings Good, Dictators Bad! Unlike the Washington-supported Saudi royal family that absorbs most of their nation’s oil income, Qaddafi allocated the oil money to Libyans. 

In Cynthia McKinney’s excellent book, The Illegal War On Libya, Stephen Lendman writes that Qaddafi "wanted Libyans to share in the country’s oil wealth, a notion foreign to America and other Western societies.  

Under his 1999 Decision No. 111, all Libyans received free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability, old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more."

Why did such a relatively wealthy and egalitarian country need to be "liberated" by Washington and its NATO war criminal puppet state?

What was achieved by overthrowing a government that provided for its people in better ways than do Western governments for the people they govern?

The US is the new Rome, and Europe, the UK, Canada, Japan, and Australia are its tributary dominions along with the oil kingdoms.

In his book, Rubicon, Tom Holland describes what it is like to be a dominion of a powerful and ruthless military state:

"Prior to the cataclysms of B.C. 146, there had been some confusion as to the precise definition of ‘freedom.’ When the Romans claimed to be guaranteeing it, what did this mean? ... Roman and Greek interpretations of ‘freedom’ diverged. To the Romans … freedom meant an opportunity for the city states to follow rules laid down by Roman commissioners."

This is the "freedom" that Washington imposes on the world.

Washington is the übermensch. The rest of the world is Washington’s playground. Ruling as Rome did, Washington installs puppets and relies on their obeisance.

In the end, empire destroys itself. 

Washington’s hubris and arrogance is turning the world against America.

 Thanks to The Clintons, the Bushes, Cheney, Obama and the neoconservatives, America, instead of being loved or even respected, is hated with a rising passion. 

The widespread attacks on the imperial power’s embassies are only the beginning.

As Gerald Celente had forecast, "The 1st Great War of the 21st Century" has begun.


Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Reagan, and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following.

This article was originally posted at Trends Journal


The Howling:
Embassy Riots Pale Next to State Terror Tempest

By Chris Floyd

". . .There is an added layer to the reaction in the Muslim countries, as the extremists there can draw on the seething resentments built up by the depredations and atrocities inflicted indiscriminately on Muslims by the Western powers in recent decades, particularly since the launch of Terror War. . ." Continue


3 Reasons the US and Israel are Lying About Iran

By Tony Cartalucci

Repeated Lies Call for Repeated Truth Regarding Iran. Continue


Details Emerge of US Role in Sabra-Shatila Massacre

By Al-Akhbar
Israel duped the United Stated into believing that “thousands of terrorists” remained in west Beirut following the expulsion of Palestinian fighters 30 years ago, providing cover for the 1982 massacre in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, according to recently declassified Israeli documents. . .  Continue

Witnesses Back Hicks on Chemical Torture

By Natalie O'Brien

 Long-held claims by the former detainee David Hicks that he was drugged against his will have been backed by evidence from a prominent attorney, independent investigations and previously secret reports. Continue

Guantánamo Bay
The Face of Indefinite Detention


Death has become an inevitable consequence of our politically driven failure to close the prison — a natural byproduct of the torment and uncertainty indefinite detention inflicts on human beings. Continue

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Why Viet Nam Truth Really Matters

By Bruce McPhie

US President Obama has officially launched “The Vietnam War Commemoration Project”, a 13-year campaign, costing US$65 million. From 2012 - 2025, the US government plans to create, then sustain, a positive legacy for the Vietnam War.  

Rewriting Vietnam War history has been going on for awhile, of course, but expect much more.  For example, Phillip Jennings wrote an article "Why Vietnam Truth Matters".  Later, we will look at some historical facts and alternative opinions, so you can decide which interpretation stands up best to closer investigation.   

First, note this extract from his article, and see if you agree:

"....Okay, for the record one more time—There was South Vietnam (a struggling democracy) and North Vietnam (a brutal communist government). We were allies with the South as they fought off the North trying to take them over. We beat the North in 1973. They signed a Peace Treaty. America came home. The communists launched a new attack and the U.S. Democrat controlled Congress abrogated the treaty and our obligations. North Vietnam overran South Vietnam so it became ONE communist, brutally ruled country to the death and miserable detriment of hundreds of thousands of our former allies…

 .... the role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan is to prepare the U.S. for a negotiated settlement by putting us in the best possible position vis a vis our enemies there. We should remember that is exactly what the U.S. military gave us in Vietnam when we forced the North Vietnamese to the peace table. The military and Nixon had beaten the communists thoroughly on the battlefield and psychologically by bombing around Hanoi at will. The U.S. media and liberal congress then did their best to obviate completely that advantage gained with so much blood and tears by constantly undermining Nixon and Kissinger, passing resolutions cutting off military alternatives, and demanding settlement at any cost…

Phil Jennings is the author of the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War.  Phillip Jennings served in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps, flying helicopters, and in Laos as a pilot for Air America...
From ‘Human Events’ (July 27, 2010):

With devastating wars continuing out of control today, understanding the 'Vietnam War' and its lessons for the world is now more important than ever.  The US government’s project to ‘clean up’ the image of the war in people’s minds, must not distort historical truths to turn a war crime into a ‘noble cause’.

What Phillip Jennings writes could misinform others and become part of the popular myth-making by militarists, so this important history really needs to be properly understood.  

Rewriting the Vietnam War with a false history is not how to make amends for past crimes.  Instead, he should follow the example of other military people who now work passionately for peace and overcoming the tragic consequences of past wars.  I respect those anti-war soldiers immensely, but not the war mongers!

When did the American War against Viet Nam really begin?
Not in 1965 when 3,200 US Marines landed at Danang – about 20,000 US military personnel were already in south Viet Nam by then, engaged in combat without Congressional approval, and facing imminent defeat.  US military ‘advisers’ served and died there from the early 1950s. 
Not in 1962 the date President Obama has now called the “50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War”, when US Army helicopter pilots carried Saigon troops on “a single raid against an enemy stronghold. . . one of America’s first major operations in that faraway land.”   (President Obama, Memorial Day speech, May 28, 2012)

Not in 1954 when the French War officially ended with their surrender to the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu – the US had already been there for years, funding the French war up to 80%, and preventing peace talks.  

Not even in 1950 when the US officially began large-scale shipments of military equipment (tanks, transport planes, etc.) to the French colonialists and their puppet government in Viet Nam.  

Actually, it began in 1945 – as a double act of betrayal!

During World War 2, the US and Ho Chi Minh were close allies in the war against Japan.  However, in August 1945 the US government secretly agreed to assist the French to reclaim their colonial power in Indochina, instead of supporting the popular Viet Minh cause for independence, thus betraying their Vietnamese World War 2 allies.

In September-October 1945, the Pentagon (and the British government) commandeered ships and planes to transport 13,000 French troops into Saigon to retake their colony, thus even betraying their own World War 2 soldiers by delaying their return home to their families.

The enlisted crews on these US troopships were outraged, and signed a petition to the US Congress and the President denouncing these “imperialist policies” and the use of American ships “to subjugate the native population” of Viet Nam. 

So began the American War against Viet Nam, and the public opposition to it, in 1945!

The basic truth is that from the very start it was an imperialist enterprise to control resources, which started with the US government supporting the return of the hated French colonialists in 1945, and continued with supporting various corrupt Vietnamese military dictators in the south. It was never a legally-declared or legitimate war.

Official US government statements were more honest about this back in 1953:

“Suppose we lost Indochina.  If that happened, tin and tungsten, to which we attach such a high price, would cease coming.  That is why when the US decides to give an aid of 400 million dollars to this (French) war, it does not make a gratuitous offer. In reality, we have chosen the least costly means to prevent one of the most terrible things for the US, for its security, its strength and its possibility to obtain what it needs among the riches in Indochina and South East Asia.”
- US President Eisenhower, at the Conference of State Governors, Seattle, August 4, 1953. 

The ‘Vietnam War’ had nothing to do with "freedom and democracy" for the Vietnamese!  It was not a “noble cause” to resist “Aggression from the North”.

It didn’t matter that ‘South Vietnam’ was not a democracy, and engaged in US-sponsored systematic torture and human rights abuses - just as long as they were “anti-communist”. Tyrants are fine, just as long as they remain ‘our’ tyrants!  This holds true today.

Imperialist wars are never about the rights or interests of the ordinary people anywhere. They are always only about controlling strategic resources and making profits for the super-rich ruling class. Therefore, they are always sold to the public by lies and myths, hyping up false fears and cultural misunderstandings. The corporate-owned mass media plays a vital role in the selling of such improper wars, during the Vietnam war, as well as today.

All that was true in the case of Indochina, just as it is true today - with Iraq (lies for oil, the petro-dollar, military bases, etc.) and Afghanistan (lies about 9/11 and "terrorists" for oil & gas pipelines, military bases, minerals, etc.), Libya & Syria (false “humanitarian interventions” to weaken independent states and control resources), etc.

The attacks on Iran, including economic sanctions which are effectively an act of war against innocent Iranians, are all about regime change to create a weak puppet state, to protect Israeli hegemony, US dollar dominance and big banking interests, and to control oil, minerals, resources, corporate profits, etc. - nothing to do with an alleged nuclear weapons programme, for which no evidence exists, or the interests and welfare of the people of Iran. 

Have we forgotten already the deliberate lies about "Weapons of Mass Destruction" in Iraq?
Or, the fabricated “Tonkin Gulf attacks” and other ‘false flags’ and propaganda in the case of Viet Nam?

The Phillip Jennings writings can be challenged by historical facts, easily found in many scholarly history books.  The truth of the anti-war argument was also confirmed by the famous leaking of the official ‘Pentagon Papers’ – the “Top Secret” US government study of the war.  Highly-decorated US military hero, Major-General Smedley Butler,  turned anti-war whistle-blower and famously wrote all about why "War is a Racket" way back in 1935.

Contrary to popular myth, the international agreement signed at Geneva in 1954, did not create two countries - 'North Vietnam' and 'South Vietnam'.  

It recognized only one country, temporarily divided in 1954 at the end of the French war, with two governments each claiming legitimacy over the whole country, from the Chinese border in the north to the southern tip of the Mekong Delta. 

The Geneva Agreement specifically stated that the division into two zones was "a temporary military demarcation line, not a territorial boundary", and it would dissolve after nationwide democratic elections in 1956, supervised by Canada, Poland and India.

The Democratic Republic of Viet Nam government headed by president Ho Chi Minh (northern zone) gained political legitimacy by massive popular support of the people, who claimed power throughout the whole country in the largely-peaceful August Revolution, after the occupying Japanese were defeated in World War 2.  Ho Chi Minh proudly declared the national independence of the new republic of Viet Nam in Hanoi on September 2, 1945.   

At the time, Ho Chi Minh seriously wanted the wartime friendship with the USA to continue, and wrote 8 cables to the US President discussing that - but got no replies.  The ‘Cold War’ had replaced  the anti-fascist World War 2.

Ho Chi Minh's government also had political legitimacy bestowed on it by Viet Nam’s last king.  

On August 30, 1945, king Bao Dai formally abdicated power, handing the royal sword and gold seal to the new republican government.  Declaring he was now happier to be a private citizen in a free country instead of the king of an enslaved one, he ended the feudal monarchy.  President Ho Chi Minh invited him to serve as an advisor.

The other government (southern zone) was the State of Vietnam, established in 1949 by the French to oppose Ho Chi Minh, and headed by the ex-king Bao Dai who allowed himself to be used once again by the French as their puppet Head of State.  State of Vietnam later had a name change to the Republic of Vietnam (commonly known as ‘South Vietnam’, with its capital in Saigon), and was then headed by President Diem, an unpopular Vietnamese catholic from the US, who replaced Bao Dai.  Understandably, the minority of Vietnamese who had previously supported and benefited from the now-defeated French colonialists then supported this US-backed government.
So, who was expected to win the 1956 national democratic election?!  

Even US President Eisenhower later wrote in his memoirs that if the democratic election had been held in 1956, at least 80% of the national population would have voted for Ho Chi Minh.  

Therefore the ‘southern’ side, with US government backing, refused to hold the elections. They even refused to begin the consultative process to set-up the internationally-supervised elections, so their claim that the other side would not allow a free election is invalid.  The most important provision of the 1954 Geneva Agreement was therefore sabotaged, although the US government had publicly promised to honour it.  This made another war inevitable.
For the majority of the Vietnamese people, the victory that they should have won peacefully in the ballot box now had to be won on the bloody battlefield instead, at a terrible cost in lives and property, the destruction of much of the natural environment, and the social and family infrastructure. 

Present and future generations still suffer from the horrible consequences of that criminal war, including from Agent Orange and other US chemical warfare toxins, an estimated 800,000 tonnes of unexploded bombs and mines still killing and maiming people today, and the “wandering spirits” of about 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers still Missing-in-Action and their shattered families who mourn them still.

But, as Ho Chi Minh famously said: "Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom."  
Remarkably, the Vietnamese won the war that was forced upon them.  This Vietnamese victory can be demonstrated by simply looking at the terms of the 1973 Paris Peace Agreement.

The Paris Agreement was essentially exactly the same as an agreement proposed by the Vietnamese on October 8, 1972, and agreed to by US President Nixon and Kissinger, without even consulting their government in Saigon.

When Saigon found out they were furious, because the agreement involved the withdrawal of all foreign troops (i.e. the US and their allies), but northern People's Army forces supporting the southern Provisional Revolutionary Government would remain where they were in the south.  After all, the Geneva Agreement had acknowledged the territorial integrity of one Viet Nam, so they could hardly be "foreign troops" invading their own country!

During 12 days and nights of Christmas 1972, the US Air Force therefore launched the massive, brutal bombing of Hanoi and other populated cities in the north to try to force concessions, including withdrawing northern soldiers from the south.  It failed. 

The US Air Force was shocked when 81 planes were shot down, including 34 of their high-flying B52 bombers which they believed were invincible!

Public protest, and the loss of so many US planes and top pilots, forced an end to the bombing. In nearly 10 years of aerial bombing, the Vietnamese destroyed over 4000 US planes.  The Pentagon still does not want to publicly admit to this devastating defeat for the US Air Force!

On January 27, 1973, the US signed the Paris Peace Agreement, which allowed northern troops to remain in the south!  There were no more concessions.  Vietnamese proudly celebrate this great victory every year as their “Dien Bien Phu of the Air".

This name reminds us of the historic Vietnamese military victory over the French at Dien Bien Phu in northern Viet Nam in 1954.  Ironically, by 1954 the US taxpayers were paying 80% of the French colonialist war costs! 

The Paris Peace Agreement was a turning point, but not the end of the war.  US military and economic support for Saigon continued, with many US troops ‘rebranded’ and remaining as “advisors”, and there were immediate violations from the desperate Saigon side.  However, the historic ‘Ho Chi Minh Campaign’ was ultimately successful, and Saigon unconditionally surrendered to the revolutionaries on April 30, 1975.

National reunification was finally won, but it could have been won peacefully at the ballot box in 1956, and if the US had not made the wrong choice in 1945!

Instead of writers like Philip Jennings writing a distortion of history to justify the unjustifiable, they should use their experience and talents to write against the criminal folly of war.  The military people to respect are those who follow in the tradition of military heroes like US Major-General Smedley Butler, who finally understood that he was nothing more than "a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism....a muscle-man for Wall Street". 
Today’s real military heroes are those who stand up, become whistleblowers against illegal wars and the lies used to sell them, go AWOL from criminal wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan, publish the truth and sabotage the imperialist war machine from within – as Vietnam veterans did so powerfully and effectively during that unjust war. 

There are many reasons ‘Why Vietnam Truth Really Matters’, one of them being to correctly learn from that history in order to prevent future tragedies.  Yes indeed, "War is a Racket", and falsely promoting it as something noble does not serve humanity or the planet well.

During the Vietnam War, thousands of US soldiers, who at first believed they were “serving their country”, soon realized it was a lie and a war crime.   
In many and various ways, they opposed the war, testified against war crimes, refused to obey orders, sought conscientious objector status, etc., and built a very active resistance within the US military.  By 1968, there were dozens of anti-war newspapers and organizations founded by veterans. The disintegration of military discipline due to the increasingly anti-war combat troops was a major factor in the eventual defeat of the US military in Viet Nam.   

The anti-war Vietnam soldiers are true heroes, but will they be remembered and honoured in the official Vietnam War Commemoration Project?  The insatiable war machine wants only compliant recruits, lured by false patriotism.

I welcome your constructive feedback, and hope the facts, history and opinions here will assist you to separate truth from myth about the Vietnam War during the US government’s Vietnam War Commemoration Project, 2012-2025.

Bruce McPhie
September 15, 2012     

Rewriting History: US War On Vietnam                                                                                               
By Michael Uhl  (Vietnam Veteran, now anti-war activist)  

The Vietnam War and the Struggle For Truth
By John Grant (Vietnam Veteran, now anti-war activist)
“Sir! No Sir! – The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam”          
A timely film produced, directed and written by David Zeigler.