GI SPECIAL 3A38:
THIS IS HOW BUSH
BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME
Pfc. Jesus Fonseca’s wife Marlene
Zaragoza during funeral services Feb. 1 2005, in Degollado, Mexico.
Jesus Fonseca, 19, of Ga., died in a car bombing in Iraq along with
two other soldiers. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
Soldier X, Iraq
Saturday, February 05, 2005
Here are some stats
my buddy sent me.
If The World Were A
Village- Of 100 People:
5-USA and Canadian
67-Unable to read
50-Malnourished 1-Dying of starvation
80-Would live in substandard housing
1-Would have a college education
thing about the village stats, the world isn’t formed into villages
of a hundred. There are entire continents that will never break out
of the economic thumb of the Imperialist nations.
Entire ghettos in
rich countries that never receive the attention they need because
Capitalism has failed to be a successful economic system that
insures civil responsibility. And those who are
above the poverty line proudly protect the archaic machine, the
greedy won’t share and the fearful too desperate to join the poor.
How do we make a
Judging from the
facts, we have to assume that either the majority of the world’s
ethnic groups are either incapable of developing into a successful
society, or the minority got a head start on monopolizing the
world’s resources and have a serious prejudice.
[Got that right. You IDd them.
That tiny minority are the capitalists. And they got both hands
firmly around our throats.]
My thoughts are in
option B, but most Neo Cons will defend option A? [Sure they will.
Right again. Misdirection, like the reasons they came up with for
shipping you off to Iraq.]
I am living like a
refugee. All my possessions are now in two bags. Not too unlike
some hard times when I was a homeless civilian, so no big deal. I
have just over a week now in country! I am very impatient. But,
what can I do? [Hang on, and wait for the enemy to give us all an
Easy bro, easy
[You too. Better days coming. We
can make it happen. T]
do you think? Comments from service men and women, and veterans,
are especially welcome. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name, I.D., withheld on request. Replies confidential.
Marine Killed In
02/06/05 MNF Release #A050205b
Iraq -- A Marine assigned to
I Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action yesterday in the
north Babil Province.
One U.S. Soldier
Killed, Two Wounded By IED North Of Baghdad
2.6.05 By JASON KEYSER, Associated
One U.S. soldier
from Task Force Baghdad was killed and two others were wounded
Sunday afternoon in a roadside bombing north of the capital,
the U.S. command said.
Convoy Ambushed Near Karbala, Vehicle Destroyed;
Casualties Not Yet
Feb 6 By JASON KEYSER, Associated
Police in the
Shiite city of Karbala reported that a car bomber struck a U.S.
convoy south of the city Sunday morning, destroying a U.S. vehicle.
Elsewhere in the
city, gunmen fired rifle shots at a gasoline tanker truck, and the
vehicle exploded into a huge ball of fire. No one
was hurt, said police Capt. Mushtaq Talib, adding that the tanker
was heading to an illegal port used by oil smugglers in the city.
Dead Ukrainian Col.
Found In Baghdad;
6.02.2005 Ukraynska Pravda
approximately 2 pm local time, the body of the senior officer from
Ukrainian forces of multinational division in Iraq, the colonel
Roman Serednytskij was found in Baghdad, Iraq.
It was informed by the Press Agency of
the Ministry of Defense, "Ukrainian news" say.
The body of the officer was found in
his own apartment.
conclusions of doctors from the military hospital in Baghdad, where
his body was taken to, say that the reason of Ukrainian officer’s
death could be a heart attack.
By the command of
the Minister of Defense, Anatoly Grytsenko a new zealous
investigation has been launched into the causes of Serednytskij’s
There are still
1600 Ukrainian militaries in Iraq, which are dislocated in Vasyt
province, 120-140 km southeast from Baghdad in the
Polish zone of command.
stated that the question of withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from Iraq
will be tackled already this year. [Time to get dislocated back
Incident Involving 278th Investigated
2005-02-06 The Associated Press
CHATTANOOGA -- An
election night friendly fire incident involving members of the 278th
Regimental Combat Team in Iraq is under investigation, regimental
Lt. Col. Mark Hart on Friday told a
Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter embedded with the 278th that
officials from both units involved in the Jan. 30 shooting are
No one was injured in the incident.
The incident occurred when Hart's
convoy of six Humvees, returning to Camp Caldwell, Iraq, after
disposing of a homemade bomb near the town of Balad Ruz, tried to
join another U.S. military convoy.
That convoy, composed of American
soldiers from various military branches here to oversee the
elections, also was heading back to Camp Caldwell.
Witnesses said the
lead convoy of non-278th soldiers discharged nearly 50 rounds of
ammunition and left bullet marks on two 278th Humvees.
The firing occurred
when Hart's group came within 800 meters of the lead convoy, which
was escorting ballots from the election, witnesses said.
``There were tracers (bullets)
everywhere firing to the left and the right,'' said Sgt. Caleb
Baker, 23, of Greenback, ``I thought we were being ambushed.''
The incident happened about 9:30 p.m.,
said Cpl. Greg Dixon, 33, of Dayton, who was the hatch gunner on
Hart's front Humvee.
said he heard three bursts coming from the rear Humvee in the lead
convoy. The first burst sent bullet rounds to the left of the
vehicles as a warning shot, but the second burst came right down the
middle of the road toward Hart's convoy, passing within five to 10
meters of Dixon's face.
``As soon as I saw that, I ducked down
(inside the Humvee) and said, `They are shooting at us,''' Dixon
His Humvee driver swerved off the road
and headed for cover behind a small mud hut when soldiers with the
lead convoy discharged a third burst of gunfire toward the 278th
Sgt. Chad Crisp,
28, of Cleveland said two bullets ricocheted off the front ballistic
windshield of the second Humvee, while another lodged into the
driver's side windshield of the sixth and final Humvee in the 278th
Every fifth round fired by a U.S.
weapon is illuminated with a red glow that continues to burn along
the flight path of the bullet. These tracer rounds allow soldiers
firing at night to acquire a reliable aim on an intended target.
``It was like
watching the movie Star Wars up close and personal,'' said Crisp,
referring to the streams of red that tipped off the 278th soldiers
that the bullets were coming from fellow Americans.
Crisp said Hart
yelled over the radio to cease firing at friendly targets, but there
was no response.
Carrying the completed election
ballots to Camp Caldwell where they would be guarded overnight, the
lead convoy never stopped.
Back at Camp
Caldwell, one of the passengers in the vehicle where the shooting
came from said there were reports that insurgents in Baghdad had
stolen a Humvee, Crisp said. [Now that is truly lame. By that
logic, waste every humvee in Baghdad. Which it would appear was the
intent of this incident. Hey, maybe somebody could start a rumor
that the insurgents have stolen some General’s full-dress and one
has infiltrated the Green Zone wearing it with a concealed explosive
belt. That might spice up the day a bit. Be sure the 278th is on
duty there when the rumor gets underway. They’ll know just what to
darkness, Spc. Michael French, 35, of Whitwell said the gunner
should have seen the headlights of each Humvee in Hart's convoy and
known they were U.S. forces.
``I almost had
rather it been the enemy because you know what to do then,'' French
said. ``It is a hard situation when your own people are shooting at
Do you have a
friend or relative in the service? Forward this E-MAIL along, or
send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it regularly.
Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is extra
important for your service friend, too often cut off from access
to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war, at home and
inside the armed services. Send requests to address up top.
THIS IS NOT WINNING
FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE.
THERE IS NO MISSION
OR LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
AND WHEN HE GETS
OLD ENOUGH TO HANDLE AN AK-47……
…..HE WILL REMEMBER
AND COME HUNTING.
COME ON HOME NOW!
HE’S GROWING UP
FAST AND HE’S NOT AFRAID.
HE DOESN’T READ THE
CENTCOM PRESS RELEASES.
ALL HE KNOWS IS
YOU’RE IN HIS COUNTRY FUCKING WITH HIS FAMILY.
General Misery &
Scandals Called “Good Recruiting Environment”
“In the end,
the good recruiting environment
that has prevailed over the last four years has been influenced by
the pace of recovery from recession, an unemployment rate that has
consistently approached 6 percent, uncertain prices on Wall Street
exchanges and the corporate accounting scandals,” the memo says.
“Should the economy
begin to produce more jobs, as some predict will occur in the near
term, more of America’s youth could quickly conclude that their
future lies in the private sector, not in the military.”
House Armed Services Committee memo dated Dec. 23
cited by Rick Maze, Army Times staff writer February 07,
Points Of View
Sent to GI Special
1. Dan Rather
Didn't Lose Vietnam
Posted by: Sgt. Killer. January 15,
2005 01:41 AM
Okay, this passage alone is worth the
price of admission:
“I sit in my
command post at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, things are not all bad right
now. In fact, they are going quite well. We are not under attack by
the enemy; on the contrary, we are taking the fight to him daily and
have him on the ropes. In the distance, I can hear the repeated
impacts of heavy artillery and five hundred-pound bombs hitting
their targets in the city. The occasional tank main gun report and
the staccato rhythm of a Marine Corps LAV or Army Bradley Fighting
Vehicle's 25-millimeter cannon provide the bass line for a symphony
of destruction. Right now, as elements from all four services
complete the absolute annihilation of the insurgent forces remaining
in Fallujah, the area around the former stronghold is more peaceful
than it has been for more than a year.”
Did this "symphony
of destruction" work particularly well in Vietnam? Did it win us
hearts and minds? Did it work for the Russians in Chechnya?
This is a
guerrilla war, and the man on the ground had best realize it. The
guerrillas win by fighting, even fighting and losing. They're
fighting the last remaining superpower, after all. While our men
were playing that symphony in Fallujah, what was going on in
Mosul? How many Bradley fighting vehicles have been destroyed in
the last two weeks?
And to blame the media is just the
same tired Dolchstoss garbage recycled from 1975.
Dan Rather didn't
lose Vietnam; it was LBJ's lousy strategy, McNamara's mistakes,
tactical screwups, myopia, and an inability to convince Vietnamese
to fight with us, the foreigners, against Ho's men.
2. “If I Had Ever
Had A Chance To Have The Likes Of That Lt. Colonel In My Gun Sites…”
Posted by: Diane January 15, 2005
Ah, so some Lt.
Colonel pontificates. I'd feel much happier if it were some GI
talking, not a f@$&#ing officer!
As a former draftee
(time of the Korean war), I must tell you I met only one officer who
wasn't a complete coward, one type or another, and always felt the
officers were my true enemy.
Saluting a form of greeting -- HAH !
Tell me why, if this is true, one MUST salute an automobile (a
general's car), even if it only has a GI driver in it!
The military is
organized along feudal lines, with nobles shitting on the serfs.
If I had ever had a
chance to have the likes of that Lt. Colonel in my gun sites, no
telling what I would have done.
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Officer Is Playing The Part Of Prosecuting Attorney.”
Friday, February 04, 2005 2:35 PM
I wrote to you a few months ago and
about our son, Trent Helmkamp, and his hopes of getting a
conscientious objector discharge from the US Marine Corp due to his
beliefs and convictions that crystallized during boot camp.
I believe you asked me to report what
the outcome was.
I write with great
disappointment, that 32 days after his interview with the
investigating officer, Trent finally got the report back and the
officer is denying his claim and will not recommend a discharge.
We all had an idea
that is what he would say since from the very start it was quite
obvious the way they felt. Their decision was made long before
Trent had his interview.
They are treating
him more like a criminal then a conscientious objector and the
investigating officer is playing the part of prosecuting attorney.
We were hoping he would be treated
fairly, but that has not happened.
The officers report
contained so many inconsistencies, mistakes/lies. Trent and his
lawyer are working on a rebuttal now. Trent will not kill nor will
he fight in any war. He would like to get out and help others in
Senior Member Of
Armed Services Committee Says Iraq “A Failed Strategy” (Duh!)
Marty Meehan (USA Today, February 4,
2005, Pg. 10)
A senior member of the House Armed
Services Committee who recently returned from Iraq writes: "It is
the seemingly indefinite nature of the occupation that is fueling
the insurgency and uniting violent factions.
We cannot simply continue our
current failed strategy. Waiting and hoping that Iraq reaches
certain benchmarks will only make it more unlikely that those
benchmarks will be reached."
12.01.2005 By: Susan Meiselas, Magnum
In the mock Iraqi villages of Jarbar Nahr and Sadiq, set up in May
2004 in Fort Polk, Louisiana, USA, to simulate "the conditions that
soldiers will face when dispatched to Iraq". Move over, Disneyland.
searching me in a culturally insensitive way! Next time I hope it's
in front of my family!"
USA. Fort Polk,
Louisiana. March 2004. US Military prepares new troops at the
"Joint Readiness Training Center," at a mock Propane Station. 1200
"role players" have been hired to recreate the conditions that
soldiers will face when dispatched to Iraq.
Here, Hukmat, a Kurd from Zakho, northern Iraq, thanks the troops in
charge of security who have searched him. He has lived
in the US since 1994, making computer component parts in Atlanta,
Gets Off Easy;
Hey, He’s An
The Double Standard
Of Military Injustice
The actions by
senior leaders in the case of the former judge advocate general,
Maj. Gen. Thomas Fiscus, do not surprise, but do bitterly
The posted report
of investigation discloses a sustained pattern of misconduct
stretching over a decade.
I spent more than eight years as a
military judge in the Air Force and can say without hesitation that
I saw less-aggravated cases brought to general court-martial.
I then regularly listened to trial
counsel make impassioned arguments that we should take away the
accused’s retirement (if he was eligible) and lock him up and throw
away the key.
Apparently, Gen. Donald Cook felt that
the stigma of an Article 15 and forced retirement was punishment
Of course, it is
rarely considered sufficient punishment to do the same to a senior
noncommissioned officer or field-grade officer.
My experience is that many general
officers view a fellow senior officer on a much more personal basis
than they do an enlisted member or junior officer. That’s not evil
or unfair; it’s simply a natural human response.
Still, they need to overcome that
instinct and try to treat every case similarly, regardless of rank.
And now the second
shoe falls as he is allowed to retire as a colonel. Somehow, the
Air Force secretary believes that honorable service as a colonel
includes meeting a captain for a sexual rendezvous, making a sexual
advance toward a master sergeant, establishing a personal
relationship with a staff sergeant and making unwelcome sexual
advances on a civilian. Apparently, the Air Force secretary has a
pretty low standard for acceptable O-6 behavior.
We’ve already seen
the Air Force spin machine go into action. It points out that, with
a reduction to O-6 upon retirement, the former judge advocate
general will lose an expected $900,000 in retired pay.
The problem is he
can’t lose something he didn’t earn. And he never served honorably
as a general or full colonel. Consequently, he never earned the
right to receive retirement pay at those ranks.
Having him retire as a lieutenant
colonel is nothing more than a correction of errors made by what
appears to be a highly flawed (at least in this case) promotion
This is a sordid
story from start to finish.
The Air Force
secretary and Gen. Cook failed in their responsibility to vindicate
the Air Force’s core values. I’m not surprised, but I am
Air Force Col. Patrick M. Rosenow
Letter To The Editor, Army Times
Z, who sent this in.]
Disable Four F-16 Fighter Jets
Army Times 2.7.05
Four Dutch F-16
fighter aircraft were grounded by a family of industrious mice in
search of a warm hideout for the winter. The rodents had launched a
successful offensive to make nests in the aircraft — using some
critical wiring that they had gnawed away.
A Reuters report quoted a Dutch
military spokeswoman as explaining that the Leeuwarden air base,
where the aircraft were stationed, borders a large nature reserve,
and animals often migrate into the base when the weather turns
frosty. “As it is winter, mice seek warm places to shelter,” the
After a major
overhaul that included new wiring, the jets were declared mouse-free
zones and allowed to resume flying.
Now, Dutch military officials are
trying to figure out how to make their aircraft, and the hangars in
which they are stored, less rodent friendly, using traps, barriers
In Force Kills
22 Iraqi Occupation
Cops & Guards Near Baghdad
Feb 6 By JASON KEYSER, Associated
BAGHDAD, Iraq -
Insurgents attacked a police station
south of Baghdad under cover of darkness Sunday, killing 22 Iraqi
police and soldiers, police said.
Fourteen attackers also died in the
clash that broke out about 10:30 p.m. in Mahawil, 50 miles south of
Baghdad, police Capt. Muthana Khalid Ali said.
The dead included five Iraqi
national guardsmen and 17 policemen, he said.
Earlier Sunday, the
multinational command said two Iraqi national guard soldiers were
killed and three more injured in a rebel ambush in the same area.
Four Phone System
Occupation Workers Captured
Feb 6 Associated Press
Guerillas captured four Egyptians
technicians in Baghdad.
The four Egyptians were seized early
Sunday near the Mansour district of western Baghdad, Egyptian and
Iraqi officials said. They
worked for Iraqna, a subsidiary of the Egyptian firm Orascom
Telecommunications, which operates the mobile phone network in
Baghdad and central Iraq.
IF YOU DON’T LIKE
Two Hour Battle In
Albu Mustafa & Other Resistance Action
February 6, 2005 AFP & The Los Angeles
Times & By JASON KEYSER, Associated Press Writer
A battle erupted
after Iraqi soldiers and police raided the village of Albu Mustafa,
in the heart of the "triangle of death" south of Baghdad.
Police and medics
said two soldiers, a police officer and a gunman were killed, while
four soldiers and five gunmen were wounded.
between the security forces and the armed men which lasted two
hours," a police officer said.
stormed a police station in the northern city of Mosul, killing five
officers, police said.
Near Balad, a
civilian was killed and four soldiers wounded when a homemade bomb
exploded as a military convoy went past.
In the capital, an
employee of the Baghdad provincial government was shot dead in the
street by armed men early on Saturday, a ministry
In another attack,
gunmen fired on a group of Iraqi policemen working to dismantle a
roadside bomb on a main street in central Baghdad, injuring two
officers, a police official said.
Two rockets also exploded near Baghdad
International Airport and a third slammed into an Iraqi national
guard building in a western suburb. No casualties were reported.
A policeman was
shot by assailants while shopping in central Kirkuk,
said police chief General Turhan Yusif.
A soldier and a
civilian died when Iraqi troops and fighters clashed in Samarra.
Another seven people were wounded, including four
children, in a nearby gun battle between insurgents and security
sources, said a hospital doctor.
Attackers killed an
Iraqi contractor who apparently worked with the U.S. military.
Two Challenges And
Thanks To Soldier X
From: Rev. G. David Daley
To: GI Special
October 14, 1942,
3:25 a.m., twenty-five miles off the coast of Newfoundland, there
was an explosion. A torpedo struck the Caribou amidships on the
last night of her life. Of 237 passengers and crew, 101 survived.
One, George Alfred
Daley, is my father.
Now 81, it was
many years before he spoke of the frigid, North Atlantic waters, or
of the screams for help that pierced the blackness of that night.
Or of that moment
that he surrendered to the waters as consciousness slip away, and
then felt a rope brushed his hand in the depths. He says that it is
true that a drowning man grasps instinctively at anything. So he
When he did tell
it, I heard in my father’s story something sacred. I knew then that
stories must be heard.
I thank-you for
Soldier X’ story, and all those that you post. [Soldier X will read
what you have to say. It will mean something special to know that
while he’s stuck in Iraq, people all over see his strong words. T]
Thank-you for your work. Since
discovering the GI Special website late in December 2004, I have
downloaded your reports daily.
Each Sunday, the
congregation that I pastor hears the names of our soldiers. We
name the fallen; we ask God to comfort their families in their
grief, and to keep their comrades at arms. For the maimed, we ask
for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Every Sunday, our
people hear their names. Frequently, we pray that world leaders
will learn to do justice. Thank-you for helping us as you do.
A Brief Address To
From: Rev. G. David Daley
If you are a
pastor, I challenge you to remember our service people.
Pray that mourning families may find
Let the names of
the fallen be heard. Tell their stories. In the interest of
recruiting soldiers for future, discretionary wars, the state
would prefer that their names remain unspoken and their stories
untold. But to love God above all, we must refuse to bow down to
the state. And to love our sons and daughters as ourselves, we
must not allow them to die meaningless deaths as nameless soldiers
in an unseen war.
Telling the stories
of the fallen revolts against the referencing of their deaths as
stories confesses their personhood as those who are God’s image.
Telling their stories acknowledges their relationships, their
passion, their creativity, their loves, their aspirations and their
dreams. Telling their stories insists that they were worth knowing
in life. Telling their stories affirms our bonds of fellowship with
them. Telling their stories refuses to cheapen their lives by
giving them up easily to death. Telling their stories refuses make
their humanity the currency of a bankrupt ideology or of profligate
causes. Telling their stories is a proper declaration that their
deaths are an outrage. Telling their stories dignifies the deaths
that they died by honoring the lives they lived.
It is not easy to endure a weekly
litany of human carnage. But then death is not easy even when it
The alternative to
telling their stories is to become callused to their suffering and
indifferent to their deaths.
If we close our ears to their cries,
we dehumanize ourselves. If we shut our eyes while life ebbs from
the wounded, we abandon human decency and belie whatever justice
might remain to our cause.
We must not forget that they like we
ourselves were fashioned in God’s image. And just as God heard the
blood of Abel crying from the ground that drank it in, so we must
witness that they are precious in his sight.
Let the names of our service people
be heard. Tell their stories.
Many times, the Psalmist cried out to
Yahweh God who hears those who call on him.
When we care for
our wounded service people, when we hear their death cry, when we
seek the comfort of their families, when we care for the wounded, we
imitate God who hears us when we call on Him.
Let their names be
Tell their stories.
A Challenge To The
From: Rev. G. David Daley
If you are a lay
person, copy this text, print it and share it with several of your
Get their support.
Write a letter to
your church council proposing regular, public prayer for service
people recently wounded, and for the families of the fallen.
Indicate that you are willing gather names and stories and get them
to your worship leader in advance. Putting this proposal in writing
means that your council or governing body must deal with it as a
formal request. Some decision must then be made regarding it. Then
you and your friends must visit this site several times a week.
Download and save the reports, and use them to prepare the
information your worship leaders need.
Some denominations have a chaplaincy
Your church office or Pastor should
have a denominational Yearbook that identifies the director of this
program and the office from which (s)he works. Contact this person.
Learn what is being
done and what more could be done locally or denominationally for
service people and their families. Find our what
resources are available. Become a contact person for your
chaplaincy program who will work in churches of your denomination in
Our faith communities should be the conscience of the nation.
Fail in this and it
will be the ideology of the state that shapes (or perhaps more
aptly, “corrupts”) that conscience.
We must not allow
the heretical ideologies of state to be overlaid upon the theology
of the church.
Let the church be the countervailing voice that calls the nation to
worship God, rather than bowing down in worship of state doctrines
of militarism and empire.
Do not think that because you are a
lay person that you can’t “do” anything.
You can be the
catalyst that calls your church or faith community to recover her
With your friends, you can form a
committee public justice with an emphasis on issues relevant to
service people. The Yearbook should also list your missionaries
serving around the world.
working in troubled countries. They can give you a picture very
different from what government and the media will tell you.
Use your PCs and the Internet to
research war issues and peace studies. Study the politics of war
and the economics of the small arms industry. Some churches as the
Mennonites (and no, I’m not Mennonite) have done much work in
Learn from them.
Set up study projects. Make recommendations. Draft proposals. Do
public advocacy work for service people, veterans and for peace and
justice around the world.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord
require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)
[If you wish to
contact Rev. Daley, email c/o GI Special, address top left page one,
and your email will be forwarded to him.]
HIRED KILLERS OR
DOING THE RIGHT THING?
To: GI Special
Sent: Friday, February 04, 2005 2:10
It sounds like you
feel sorry for those soldiers getting killed in Iraq. Why? That’s
what they signed up for when they became hired killers for Bush.
Let’s see if I got it right.
Jerry, age 18, talks to a recruiter.
The recruiter says, “Hey Jerry, why
don’t you enlist? Bush wants you to be his hired killer.
“And here’s the best part! Your
commander-in-chief will lie to you about why he’s sending you off to
invade somebody else’s country and maybe come home in a bag, or
missing a leg. He’ll tell you it’s to defend your country and
protect your friends and family from people who want to hurt them.
But later on you’ll find out that he and the rest of the
politicians, Democrat and Republican alike, just want to grab some
oil and build an Empire. Isn’t that great? Here’s the pen. Sign
“Oh, I forgot to mention. When you
find out you’ve been tricked and betrayed, and you’re nothing but a
hired hand for the corporate rich that really run America, YOU’LL BE
IN IRAQ AND TOTALLY FUCKED. HA HA HA.”
Why do we doubt this is what the
recruiter told Jerry? What stupid horseshit.
Furthermore, don’t ever think that
everybody joins up just to get money for school or whatever.
That’s one reason, sure. But there’s
a lot more to it than that.
"They were moved to
enlist, they say, by a combination of factors. As freshmen and
sophomores in high school, some watched their country endure the
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and wanted to do something in response.
interested in money for college. Most say they sought discipline
and a chance to do meaningful work." [December
16, 2004 by Dr. Teresa Whitehurst, clinical psychologist. Quoted in
How fortunate for
us all that a huge number enlist because they really, truly want to
be of service. They want to do something decent, and honorable with
the lives, and they really do want to protect their families, their
friends, and do good things in the world, instead of becoming one
more rat in the rat race.
If this idiot who
wrote in was right, we’d really be fucked. We’d be dealing with
maniacal killers and losers motivated only by personal greed.
impulse to do something good and honorable is why, sooner or later,
troops have, and will again, rebel against social predators and
greedy corporate scum, and have come to the defense of the people
when the bad guys are running a government. In country after
country, in every successful revolution against rich and powerful
predators, the troops have come over to the revolution.
Let the troops be
honored for their commitment to doing the right thing. And they are
finding out what the right thing is in a hurry.
We need them back
here at home to protect us against our real enemies, the people in
charge in Washington DC. T
Blown Away By The
News From Baraboo
In short, this is
small town Midwestern America. Got any idea what antiwar
demonstrations here really mean?
David Honish, Vets For Peace, PTSD-Alliance
Sunday, February 06, 2005 8:40 AM
Blown Away by GI Special 3A37
The latest GI
Special blew me away this morning.
reprint from the Baraboo Republic on a local demonstration there.
I was born and
raised in the area, so let me put it in context for those not
familiar with the area. While Wisconsin is not
exactly Berkeley, it does have a reputation for independence of
thought in the way folks vote up there.
Sadly, it also produced the likes of a
one term Junior Senator by the name of Joe McCarthy. Hey, everybody
makes a few mistakes.
At least they learned from that one.
Tourism is the number one industry in
Wisconsin, followed closely by agriculture. Folks there tend to be
more interested in weather that is favorable to year round outdoor
recreational business and adequate rainfall for the crops than they
are what is happening on Wall Street, or what trends are being set
The Baraboo /
Wisconsin Dells area typify this more than most, since they are in
the heart of a tourism center. The local Chambers of Commerce are
more concerned with not making waves and accommodating tourists
above all else. Wholesale milk and grain prices are far more
important than the latest dot com wunderkind on the NASDAQ.
Baraboo is the
county seat of Sauk County. It has a population of about 30,000.
Wisconsin Dells is a town of about 2,500 that is most known for
being in the middle of a few miles of scenic sandstone formations
carved by the Wisconsin River. All sorts of
tourist attractions have sprang up to ride the coat tails of the
Duck and boat tours of the river.
In short, this is
small town Midwestern America.
Got any idea what
antiwar demonstrations here really mean?
Even during the peak of the carnage in Viet Nam, the nearest
antiwar demonstrations were at the University of Wisconsin in
If small town mid
America is demonstrating against the war, clearly the government
propaganda trying to blow smoke up the voter's skirts is not
is building for the concept of having the National Guard available
for tornado and flood duty, rather than coming back in body bags
SUPPORT THE TROOPS!
BRING THEM HOME NOW!
Oh, and of course,
February 4, 2005 William Marvel,
Intervention Magazine. William
Marvel is a freelance writer in New Hampshire and served in the U.S.
Army from 1968-1971. His many books include the
award-winning Andersonville: The Last Depot and Lee’s Last Retreat:
The Flight to Appomattox.
occupation of Iraq struggles against the moral advantage enjoyed by
those who are defending the land of their birth from alien invaders.
The “insurgents” of that war see themselves as the true patriots of
They merely imitate
the tactics of the Minutemen who chased the redcoats back to Boston,
and of John Mosby’s guerrilla war against Phil Sheridan’s Yankee
They defend their
homeland as ferociously as the old men and boys of Petersburg did,
fighting with a spirit that we can only hope American citizens would
show if a foreign power landed an army on our shores to deliver us
from George W. Bush.
Bush Salutes The
Wednesday, February 02, 2005 11:33 PM
The attached file shows our
Anarchist-In-Chief displaying the salute that he apparently deems
appropriate for Old Glory.
with military protocol, but it may be that his doing so prescribes
the use of the same maneuver throughout the chain of command.
If “Bush’ Salute” (that one should be
made to stick!) is real, I’m thinking that there are protest signs
that need graphics, and stores that print images on T-shirts.
The possibilities are endless…
Thank-you for the
occasional plugs for Palestine. Sharon must want those people to
become the Misery Index standard against which other occupations are
“If I Do Not Go Out
And Vote They Will Take My Ration Book Away.”
January 30, 2005 By Hala Jaber, The
Sunday Times - World
Suheila now lives in penury on a
pension equal to about £12 a month.
Like many impoverished Iraqis, she
says she has been threatened that unless she votes she will not
receive her monthly food ration.
She said: "We are
all due to die someday. I am not afraid of being killed by a bomb or
a shell, but I would hate to die of hunger. But if I do not go out
and vote they will take my ration book away.
BRING ALL THE
TROOPS HOME NOW!
"Medical" Hell At
M. Gregg Bloche and Jonathan H. Marks
(New York Times, February 4, 2005)
The authors of an inquiry into medical
conditions at the Abu Ghraib prison conducted for The New England
Journal of Medicine write that both prisoners and their captors
endured hellish conditions.
Amid shortages of
medical personnel and supplies "physician's assistants and general
practitioners amputated limbs, a dentist did heart surgery . . .
When they ran out of blood sugar test strips for Abu Ghraib's many
diabetics, according to a medic assigned to the unit, they gave
insulin by guessing the dose and watching for bad reactions."
1967; Iraq, 2005
February 4, 2005 By BILL CHRISTISON,
Counterpunch. Bill Christison was director of the CIA's Office of
Regional and Political Analysis. He has written extensively in
recent years on the problems of U.S. foreign policy.
Dozens of comments
have appeared in the last few days comparing a 1967 election in
Vietnam with the election of January 30, 2005 in Iraq.
historical summary of the 1967 election, written in the 1980s,
contains more details than most of the recent comments and
strengthens the view that one should be exceedingly skeptical of the
Bush administration's self-congratulatory propaganda on the Iraq
election. The source of the paragraphs quoted
below appears at the end.
"September 3, 1967,
4:00 p.m. Election day in South Vietnam. The
polls in the country's forty-four provinces and municipalities were
closing. It had been a busy day. In nine hours, 4,868,266 people
out of 5,853,251 registered voters had visited thousands of polling
stations to cast their votes for president, an 83 percent turnout.
Two days later the results were announced: Nguyen Van Thieu would be
the president and Nguyen Cao Ky the vice president of South Vietnam.
The American establishment in Washington and Saigon was pleased. A
State Department spokesman acclaimed the election as a 'major step
forward., 'It is an important and heartening fact' he stated, 'that
83 percent who registered actually voted a much higher percentage
than in our presidential election of 1964.'
Johnson's hand-picked team of American election observers in South
Vietnam senators, governors, and respected citizens was positive in
its assessment of the fairness of the election.
Senator George Murphy of California ventured to call the elections
not 'unlike an election in Beverly Hills.' Democratic Governor
Richard J. Hughes of New Jersey dismissed the possibility that the
South Vietnamese might have hoodwinked the observers: 'We could all
possibly have been bamboozled, but it would have taken a minimum or
25,000 character actors and about 11,000 stagehands to put on the
production we have seen.'
"Many Vietnamese had doubts about the
fairness of the election. One Vietnamese businessman commented,
'Ninety-nine percent of the people think it's a fraudulent election,
but they are voting because it is the proper thing to do.' There
were also indications that the heavy turnout had much to do with
government coercion and fears of retaliation against those not
showing up at the polls. Since election officials stamped each
voter's identification card, it was widely suspected that lacking
this 'symbol of loyalty' to the government would lead to trouble
later, perhaps even charges of being VC.
"In the wake of the elections,
President Johnson sought to justify American involvement in Vietnam
as a sacrifice in support of a 'legitimate' elected government
representing the will of the South Vietnamese people.
“But the will of how many South
“By official U.S. estimates, about
one-third of South Vietnam's population of nearly 17 million was in
VC-controlled territory and so could not vote. The government
itself disqualified tens of thousands of voters, and many Buddhists,
the victims of harsh treatment by the junta, boycotted the election.
Furthermore, the military ticket of Thieu and Ky received only 35
percent of the votes cast, hardly a popular mandate.
wrote Robert Shaplen in a dispatch to the New Yorker, felt that
American-style elections were forced on them, with little relevance
to their own political dynamics and conditions, that the elections
were 'simply an American-directed performance with a Vietnamese
cast. As long as many Vietnamese believed the Thieu-Ky regime was
not the majority's choice, it did not matter how hard the GVN
[Government of (South) Vietnam] would try to make it appear that way
or how sincerely the Americans believed it. Meanwhile, the war went
The paragraphs above are from The
Vietnam Experience, a detailed 20-volume series of histories
published in the early 1980s. The books, by various authors but all
fairly carefully researched, were published by the Boston Publishing
Company, Boston, MA. The 20 volumes are unnumbered, so that the only
way to identify each volume is to cite the entire title of that
volume. The section quoted above, titled "The making of a
president," is taken from pp. 168-169 of a volume entitled The
Vietnam Experience: America Takes Over, 1965-67. The principal
authors of this volume are Edward Doyle, Samuel Lipsman, and the
editors if the Boston Publishing Company.
The paragraphs quoted are worth
mulling over when thinking about the recent election in Iraq,
because they show the wildly over-optimistic reactions in the U.S.
to a nationwide election in South Vietnam in 1967.
This election took
place less than five months before the surprise Tet offensive of the
North Vietnamese and Viet Cong began. That offensive was perhaps
the key factor in turning a majority of Americans against the
We should all
also remember that despite the Tet offensive it took seven more
years before the Vietnam War ended in utter defeat for the U.S.
These were seven years in which an additional million or so
Vietnamese were killed as well as some 25,000-30,000 Americans
over and above similar numbers killed on both sides before 1968.
It is difficult to avoid concluding that these people all died in
Unless the U.S. in
2005 changes its entire foreign policies much more quickly than it
did in Vietnam, we are likely to face a similarly excruciating,
slow, dismal defeat and slaughter in Iraq.
[Thanks to PB who
sent this in. He writes: Florida in Iraq.]
Feb 6 AP
Iraq - Hundreds of Iraqis shouted slogans and waved Iraqi flags
Sunday outside Baghdad's heavily guarded Green Zone to protest
alleged irregularities they say prevented tens of thousands of
people in Mosul from voting in last weekend's landmark elections.
To: GI Special
Sent: February 03, 2005
I read that last Special that I think
was called like, "It's all about the money". Anyway, it seriously
rocked. Thanks again for your service.
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