Plastic stuff is really bad news. C4 has a burn rate of
25,000 feet per second (fps) and that will out drag a Chevrolet. (Boom)
In the late 50's and early 60's we (Special Forces) trained
Greeks, Italians, Germans, French, Saudi, Lebanese, Pakistani, Libyan, Turks, Irani, and OTHERS in the use of field expedient
demolition techniques....(How many US KIA in Iraq from IED?) Don't ya know this came back to bite us in the ass big time....or
was that by design?! Friggin CIA at work again....
In 1962 I was working as an Intelligence Analyst in the 10th
Special Forces in Bad Toelz, Germany.
Upon return from Lebanon, Captain Billy Goodpaster wrote his
father, General Goodpaster, then the Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon, of his and other A Teams experiences and exploits
in the above countries. The General took Billy's letter to the next meeting of the Joint Chief's of Staff meeting saying "I
didn't know we had American's in all these countries!"
Three days later, we received a secret message from Special
Operations Task Force Europe, SOTFE, the CIA headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. It directed the Commander of Special Forces
in Germany to order Captain Billy Goodpaster "NOT to write to his father about ANY and ALL Special Forces activities in Europe,
North Africa or the Middle East."
That is when the light came on for me! True to habit, the same
held as fact in Vietnam. The Pentagon didn't have a clue as to what we were doing in South East Asia!
Is that skullduggery or what?
"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering
and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor,
never the tormented." -Elie Weisel
The other day I wrote to jmac asking for his opinion on the
current anti-Kerry swift boat ads:
As a former Vietnam vet, I was wondering what
you think of the swift boat vets' allegations regarding Kerry's service? The medals, trip to Cambodia, etc. I realize you
may be too busy to respond, but if you get the chance, I 'd really be interested in your perspective.
Hope you are well,
And he wrote back:
Seems pretty cut and dry to me. The accounts
of the people on Kerry's boat have one collective version whereas the others who were not on Kerry's boat have a completely
different account. So, you have eye witnesses and you have rumor mongers. Who are you going to believe?
It is also very clear the motivation for the dissenting interpretation
results from the anti-war statements and medal tossing incident at the Pentagon, AFTER Kerry left the service.
If those in receipt of medals and awards were questioning their
own viability with respect to the authenticity of combat accounts, they should have reported this to the appropriate command
structure way back then. Medals are poor compensation for the trauma of wounds. Some deserved them, and some didn't. But you
have to look at your own face when you shave....everyone knows exactly whether they deserve a citation. Cutting ones self
shaving is not a qualification for the Purple Heart, but it happened. Fortunately, I was only wounded in my mind.
Personally, anyone who set foot in Vietnam has the right to
say how they feel about the war. That goes for the guys in grave registration, helicopter pilots, boat drivers, trigger pullers,
cooks, artillery pounders, tank drivers, and anyone else unfortunate enough to be sent into that crappola. But second guessing
a combat action that you were not present for is a bit disingenuous, to say the least, and obviously politically motivated.
Re Cambodia. I wasn't with Kerry so I don't know if he was
told to go into that country. I personally was directed to fly over Cambodia and take pictures of an installation in the Parrots
Beak region. We were promptly shot out of the area. Beyond that, my duty as Case Officer for the Rogue CIA outfit that I had
the misfortune of commanding consisted of maintaining the skills for assassination teams who were to be sent into Cambodia
dressed as North Vietnamese to conduct "Black Terror", all this in violation of Presidential Directives issued during National
Security Council meetings in 1966. We found the documents in 2000 when the State Department decided to declassify the documents,
much to the chagrin of the CIA. Now we know why; treason in wartime.
So if the politicos wish to bring up Cambodia, I will have
to say, "Bring it on!" Then we will see how fast the Intelligence Community crawls back under their propaganda rock....
Hope that clears things up and you may post this if you will.
Amazing that none of this came up before Kerry entered the
Presidential Race. Also amazing that all the money for the Swift Boat putsch came from wealthy Texan's with close ties to
El Presidente. Go figure!
The Swift Boat ads are backfiring on GW. The Bush campaign's
top outside lawyer, Benjamin L. Ginsberg, gave legal advice to the attacking vets. And what an image it was, Max Cleland,
injured in Vietnam, attempting to deliver a letter to Bush at the Crawford ranch condemning the ads. Stopped in his wheelchair
by a roadblock, Cleland asks, "...where is George Bush's honor? The question is, where is his shame to attack a fellow veteran
who has distinguished himself in combat ... Regardless of the political combat involved, it's disgraceful."
Gal and Mr. P,
Thank you for your kindness and attention to this serious matter.
"Just curious John, when you say, "So, you have eye witnesses
and you have rumor mongers," why are the people who were in other boats who were at the scene not eye witnesses? Also can
the people on Kerry's boat be trusted to tell the truth if indeed they did leave the scene immediately after the mine exploded,
as one eye witness contends, only to return later?"
Two men in the same foxhole give two accounts of the same combat
action and you would not recognize the renditions as being from the same ordeal. It is a phenomena of combat. When someone
is trying to kill you and you are trying to kill them, your perception of reality is altered, by varying degrees. When a person
is on a boat where action is being realized, it is not unlikely that they would have any discernible impression of what was
going on in adjacent boats hundreds of yards away.
I wrote "eye witnesses and rumor mongers" because I defy any
of the people NOT on Kerry's boat to tell you where their weapons were pointed and how many bullets they fired that day, all
day. Some things don't stick in your mind during combat while others do, especially when it's up close and personal. Rasmussen
definitely remembers Kerry dragging him aboard the boat. How could you forget that? Where were the other people on the boat
looking when this was happening? There are so many variables to all these "witnesses" that I conclude their recollection as
"rumor mongers" because they were all essentially saying the same thing at the direction of the lawyer who just resigned today
from the RNC. Can the people on Kerry's boat be trusted to tell the truth? Who said they "left the scene" and can THEY be
trusted? Hell No Miss Mason, no one can be trusted to relate life and death situations! The Fog of War, my dear Miss Mason.
If you've been there, talk about it, everybody deserves that. If you haven't, ask your questions, take the answers and shut
up. I'm glad to see that you are still your picky self. Don't you see all the bru ha ha over this is taking away the focus
on the war in Iraq? Touché.
Hear that sound, Mason? That's the sound of the ring of
truth emanating from jmac's post.
It's funny, but when Kerry's name is mentioned, righties shift
to a Kafkaesque kind of reality.
When Bush's name is mentioned, righties turn into the
three monkeys: "hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil."