Why Bush can't attack Iran

According to Giora Romm, senior researcher for the Jewish Institute for National Affairs, Assistant Director of IDF operations, defense attache to Washington, former head of the Jewish Agency, and a decorated former fighter pilot, says that George Bush does not have sufficient credit to initiate a military strike on Iran. Quoting a senior American official, Romm told the forum: "If Bush does something physical to Iran, he will be impeached." (http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3331138,00.html)This would be particularly tru, if the Ukraine Radar/Stealth Detection System mentioned in the Rense.com article of 9-23-6, has been installed in Iran, and our attacking fighter/bombers are decimated by this advanced technology.


Scorched Earth! The end of Neocon Fantasies

I just voted, during early voting, as did millions of others, to end the reign of terror by the Bush regime, and I advise you, as patriotic Americans, to follow my lead. Not only did I vote NO for every Republican canidate, but I refused to provide unopposed Republicans with a vote.

Mr. President, your Iraqi adventure is the end of every perverse fantasy of your administration. Our armed force, our army and air force, are being annihilated by those of our enemies, who are responding to your misguided policy. What is our adminstration hiding from American voters?

On October 10, 2006, Iraquis who disagree with Hallibuton's plans for their country lobbed mortar and rocket rounds into our Forward Base Falcon, 13 kilometers south of the "Green Zone" in Baghdad. The BBC's Andrew North, in Baghdad, said the explosions started at about 2300 (11PM), and continued as huge fires spread throughout the base.

On the next morning, of of the 3000 men inside the base, over 300 Americans, including US Army and Marines, CIA agents and US translators were casualties. There were 165 seriously injured and 39 suffering lesser injuries. Camp Falcon suffered major damage, and an extensive casualty list at http://www.libertyforum.org/ records a casualty list over 300.

I suspect that, in view of your misguided policies, Republicans will become an endangered species. As many others, I not only voted against Republicans who had Democrat or Libertarian opponents, but also refused to vote for those Republicans who were unopposed. I recommend that all of those who love America do the same.

Let's put an end to the reign of terror by the so-called "neocon" Republicans.

Wolfgang P. May (during the Vietnam War Captain, United States Army, Armor, advisory team leader to the Republic of Vietnam.)


"Why, of course, the PEOPLE Don't Want War".......

Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England, nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament, or a Communist Dictatorship."

At that point Gilbert, who interviewed him, commented: "There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY"

Please check these actual quotes by Herman Goering at "urban legends"


The Worst President in American History

Click here for a current story in Germany's most influential newsmagazine, about our absolutely bungled, and now irrevocably lost battle against terrorism. The idiodic invasion of Iraq has created a NEW ARMY of terrorists.

Our "National Intelligence Estimate" hints that we can never leave Iraq: The longer we fight, the more Iraquis will join the fight, and there are a lot more of them than of our thinly spread army. During our invasion, we failed to secure several square miles of Iraqi ammo dumps, which have now been dispersed among the insurgents.


Historically Underutilized Leadership

Although opposed to the Vietnam War, and a friend of his family reserved a spot for him in the National Guard, Al Gore enlisted in the US Army, and arrived in Vietnam on January 2, 1971, to serve as a field reporter, first with the 20th Engineer Brigade, then with the Army Engineer Command.

Gore opposed to war? War IS Hell, though it took about eight months before I had to kill my first children. At Trung Lap, at the edge of the "Iron Triangle", we were being mortared every night, until, late one evening, a counter-mortar unit from an American division gave me the the exact coordinates of the enemy mortars. When we returned fire, civilians died, including children.


Please Don't Kill ME!!

For destoying OUR ARMY, once the finest in the world, and in whose ranks I served with pride as an armor officer, first as tank unit commander, then as Intelligence Operations Officer of our 4th US Armored Division in Germany, then in Vietnam as Civil Affairs Officer of the 1/10 Cav Squadron, as Advisory Team Leader of the 748 Regional Forces Company (Montagnard), and finally as Advisor to the ARVN battalion at Trung Lap, at the edge of the "Iron Triangle".

Even with our massive resources, it will take years for a (HOPEFULLY) more COMPETENT president to rebuild the defenses of our great nation. No, we won't kill you, but your name will forever be read with disdain in the history books of future generations.


The "Maginot Line" around Baghdad

Once apon a time, there was a very distinguished and highly intelligent Frenchman named Maginot, (see photo at left) after whom was named the most insanely and utterly useless defensive project in all of recorded history: Though the French had 10700 artillery pieces, and their British allies could muster an additional 1280, the German attacking forces could muster only 7378. Same for the other military ingredients for the battle. The allies had 108 division, the Germans only 93; the allies had 3894 tanks, the Germans only 2493. Nevertheless, the German army went around the Maginot Line and destroyed or captured the entire allied army.

The French commanders, unlike the brilliant French comanders in their distant past, were apparently ignorant of the lessons of history: For instance, the "Great Wall of China", so much admired by tourists, was a similarly tragic farce: By spreading their vast armies across such an enormous distance, the Chinese leaders guaranteed that a determined and intelligent enemy would take advantage of this dispersion and, though inferior in total strength, annihilate the enormous Chinese army, one isolated unit at a time.

Now our "president" George "W" Bush, who had the guts to fly National Guard planes around Texas, while I was wimping out of that kind of hazardous duty, content to fight North Vietnamese Regular Forces from a tiny RVN outpost at Ngo Trang, a few miles north of Kontum, and hardcore Viet Cong at Trung Lap, at the edge of the "Iron Triangle", the most hotly contested piece of real estate in South Vietnam, and the target of numerous B-52 bomber raids, whose rude impact often disturbed my unsavory dreams, usually while local VC units bombarded my advisory compound with 60mm motars, feels that he wants to repeat that brilliant Anglo/French strategy, by throwing a "Maginot Line" around Baghdad.

Apparently one of his deranged advisors, who does not have a clue about military strategy or tactics, has decided to dust off the Maginot Line strategy to win a final victory in Iraq (the Nazis called that "endsieg", and history records that it did not work out exactly as planned.

May God have mercy on our brave military, and grant that many of them survive this insane strategy, initiated by the tactically and strategically illiterate among Bush advisors! I shall indeed be praying for them, for they do not deserve this clueless commander-in-chief!


Like Crassus, Bush is Spiritually Blind

Our armed forces, among whose ranks I served as Advisory Team Leader in Vietnam, are in great danger of disintegrating: AWOL's are up, Marines are being sent into combat for their fourth tour, and even Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, is out control. Armed militias roam the streets unmolested, threatening to kill any woman not wearing an Islamic headscarf. Even Christian women, now in fear or their lives, are trying to pose as devout muslims by wearing headscarves.

Our war, which President Bush started for oil, is lost. The ancient ruins of Harran (see map), were called Carrhae by the Romans. They speak of another man, driven by greed, who destroyed an invincible army: Crassus (see picture), like Bush, though fabulously wealthy, physically deaf and spiritually blind, set out for Syria in his campaign against the Parthians, whose western frontier bordered the Euphrates. Their land covers much of the territory that we now call Iraq. Crassus was met by a young general, (Surenas, far left on this posting), whose army surrounded the Roman legions at Carrhae (now Harran). Surenas killed Crassus and his son, as well as 20,000 legionaires. Those who were unfortunate enough to be captured, were sold into slavery, and only a few were able to return safely to Rome.

Even in those days, news of the disastrous Roman defeat travelled quickly throughout the empire. In 42BC, Gaul, (now France), under the able leadership of Vercingetorix, revolted - a severe crisis for the Roman empire.


Remembering a Soldier who Died to Preserve Peace

Major "Wolf" Paeta Hess-von-Kruedener was the only Canadian serving as an unarmed United Nations Military Observer in Lebanon, and was stationed at a UN hilltop base 10 kilometers (.6 miles) from where the Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli borders meet. His mission was to report ceasefire violations. On Feb 1, 06, Major Hess-von-Kruedener had reported the death of a young shepherd boy killed by an Israeli patrol near an abandoned goat farm called "Bastarra". On July 25, his UN base came under fire from Israeli artillery and was struck by a precision guided bomb. Four UN observers died.

Major Hess-von-Kruedener is survived by his wife, Cynthia Hess-vonKruedener, who told a news conference that, according to her information, Israeli targeting of the UN base was intentional. "The building was clearly marked, their vehicles were clearly marked, they were clearly marked as UN Observers." She indicated that the Israelis had targeted her huband's area several times. According to CTV, UN SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan also believes that UN observers were deliberately targeted by the Israeli defense force. (The photo at the top left, shows Israeli school children writing messages on artillery shells, to be delivered to their Lebanese neighbors.)


De Ni(a)le is NOT Just a River in Egypt

It's Not His Fault!
The gentleman you see here, and I use this term with deliberate and heartfelt respect, the general commanding our forces in Iraq, is NOT responsible for the terrible mess in which he is forced to work, to salvage what he can of the quagmire that is now Iraq, which a bumbling amateur, who is unfortunately our president, has bequeathed to our magnificent military forces.

As Publius Quintilius Varo said many centuries ago: "Easy is the descent into hell, but to retrace one's steps, and return to the air above, there is the task, there lies the difficulty".

It's time to get out of Iraq, an impossible and unnecessary mission, which is now destroying to capability of our armed forces to respond to crises which are critical to the survival of our great nation.


The Foolishness of Israel's War

First, a history lesson about the limits of air power: On January 29, 1944, Allied bombers dropped 453 tons of bombs on the Abbey at Monte Cassino, thus turning the abbey from a building into a fortress, because the defense of a rubble heap mixed with ruins is a lot easier than the defense of a building. Not only can the loose rubble be used to protect the otherwise vulnerable infantry defenders, but there are no roofs or walls to fall on the defenders. Thus, according to the brilliant historian General J.F.C Fuller (The Second World War, the bombing of the abbey at Monte Cassino was not so much an act of vandalism but an act of sheer tactical stupidity.

The same goes for the bombing of houses, commercial and residential high-rise buildings and bridges by the IDF, with one important difference: The homeless victims of the Israeli bombings, especially those who have lost friends and loved ones, are now lining up to fight for Hezbolla. What would YOU do, after losing friends and members of your family?

Arab Freedom? We have made the residents of Lebanon REALLY free: "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose!"

As Martin Luther King once said: "War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrows". In the United States, we shall now be faced with problems from Hezbollah as well as Al Quaida. As Richard Armitage said on April 18, 2003: Hezbollah, not Al Quaida, is the "A" team of terrorists.


Israel Uses Poison Gas and Depleted Uranium

According to the Wayne Madsen Report
Lebanon has reported that Israel is now using poison gas and depleted Uranium Shells on towns in the south of Lebanon. Residents of Kasarshoba became violently ill, experiencing severe vomiting, after the Israelis hit the village with poison gas. In addition, underground shelters in southern Lebanon were hit with depleted uranium shells. WMR sources indicate that the entire southern suburbs of southern Beirut , with a population of 800,000 have been totally depopulated. Sic transit gloria mundi!
No, This Is Not 'Our War' exclaims President Reagan's Republican conservative speech writer, and author of incisive, conservative books. "Israel is doing the Lord's work" says columnist Lawrence Kudlow. Perhaps, but not the work of that Lord, whose words and deeds I ready daily in HIS New Testament, but the work of that other "Lord", whom MY Lord justly names "The Prince of Darkness". No matter! The powers of darkness will persist, at least for now, while we say a farewell to Beirut. Indeed, we are also saying a sad 'farewell' to any reasonable hope for an honest, durable peace in the Middle East, and 'hello' to the very real possibility that those idiots who want to hurry the approach of the 'end times' will have their perverted wish fulfilled, assure that "THEY", and those of us, who truly want peace for the sake of those who much younger than we, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR POLITICAL VIEWS, shall witness the imminent destruction of all life forms on this troubled, small and fragile planet.


US Generals and Admirals Against Torture !

More evidence that our Generals, Admirals, and Colonels, as I have found from personal experience, deserve this nation's admiration and respect, though they only seem to be free to express their honest opinion after retirement: General Joseph Hoar, USMC (Ret.), see photo, Lieutenant General Robert G. Gard, Jr., USA (Ret.), Vice Admiral Lee F. Gunn, USN (Ret.), Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (Ret.), Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.), Lieutenant General Charles Otstott, USA (Ret.), Major General John Batiste, USA (Ret.), Major General John L. Fugh, USA (Ret.), Rear Admiral Donald J. Guter, USN (Ret.), Major General Fred E. Haynes, USMC (Ret.), Rear Admiral John D. Hutson, USN (Ret.), Major General Melvyn Montano, ANG (Ret.), Brigadier General David M. Brahms, USMC (Ret.), Brigadier General James Cullen, USA (Ret.), Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote, USA, (Ret.), Brigadier General David R. Irvine, USA (Ret.), Brigadier General Murray G. Sagsveen, USA (Ret.), Brigadier General Stephen n. Xenakis, USA (Ret.), Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson, USA (Ret.), Ambassador - Former Vietnam POW Douglas "Pete" Peterson, USAF (Ret.) have sent the following letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the nomination of William J. Haynes to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourht Circuit:

"We send this letter reluctantly, and after much reflection; none of us has publicly expressed concern over any other nominee to the federal bench.

What compels us to take this unusual step is our profound concern about the role Mr. Haynes played in establishing -over the objections of uniformed military lawyers - detention and interrogation policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanemo which led not only to the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody but to a dangerous abrogation of the military's long-standing commitment to the rule of law."

Please read the full letter, which explored Mr. Haynes' recommendations to permit the use of attack dogs, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees, forced nudity, etc.
Please read the full letter by clicking on this link!


You Can't Handle the Truth!

Lt. Colonel Dan Marvin, a former Green Beret, recently won a court battle against the US Government, over the release of his book: "Expendable Elite". Please click HERE to read sample pages. Apparently, the Johnson administration had been funneling weapons to our "enemy", the Vietcong, and was providing safe havens for them in Cambodia.

He further accused the Pentagon and President Johnson of leading our soldiers to the slaughter, in order to keep the war going at any cost, with the intent of losing, not winning the war. Why? Wolfgang P. May, Advisory Team Leader in the Iron Triangle, says: "Two Thumbs up - Check it out!"


The Roots of Haditha

Few of us are rational creatures, though we always like to pretend that we are. Did you really buy that car you are now driving based strictly on its appearance, horsepower, and fuel consumption? Chances are that the advertising agency, which knows how to pull your emotional strings, was able to bypass these rational considerations,and appealed directly to your "feelings", your unconcious mind.

I can tell you from my personal experiences in Vietnam, that combat pulls a lot of very complex strings in your psyche, which is at least the sum total of everything that you have ever experienced in your lifetime: Your joys and sorrows, your fears and hopes, your irrational prejudices. Get the picture?

In many cases, you survive because your adrenalin helps to facilitate those split-second decisions, which your conscious mind would weigh in the balance just long enough to get you killed. Unfortunately, that same "unconscious" mind which has just saved your life, also has a dark side: It will sometimes encourage you to make decisions to make judgments, that Abe Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature" would soundly condemn.

I believe that, which caused the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, is the same disease, which overpowered the rational judgment of those Marines in Iraq. You can certainly blame the commander. Our Armed Forces doctrine states that he is responsible for "everything his unit does or fails to do", BUT:

Having met my own dark side in Vietnam, I know how hard this is to make a rational and compassionate judgment, when you have just been through a firefight. Therefore, I prefer to transfer the required accountability to the President, who sent these men into harms way. After all, as President Truman acknowledged: "The Buck Stops Here!"


The Thoughts are Free (MP3 - sing along with George)

If you will click HERE:(MP3-sing along with George, you will be able to download this very well done satyrical song, which is based on an old German protest song, which has its roots in past centuries. The song was forbidden during the Nazi days. This recording is courtesy of the RajaDefNet Singers, from Louisville, Kentucky:

Oh, the thoughts they are free, but that's not true for oil
so the things we must do, will make your blood boil
you might think it's wacky to kill an Iraqui
for my new SUV, but the thoughts they are free.

The contracts are gone, they went to Halliburton
They'll do the job best, George Bush says he's certain
Dick Chaney's a'cheerin', he loves war profiteering
I'll tell you no lie, he's a very rich guy.

So why did we go? George says cause of terror
and the weapons we'll find, but of course he's in error.
And if you ask old bin Laden, his Freude is Schaden
there were no al-Quaeda ties, so we killed the wrong guys.

Die Gedanken sind frei, but don't start to talkin'
If you disagree, John Ashcroft is watchin'
and if you'll sit for a spell, I'll go on and on about Orwell
and 1984, 'cause we ain't free no more.


Ten Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State

1. The Internet Clampdown: Attempts to regulate and filter internet content are intensifying lately. The Pentagon, which issued an "Information Operations Roadmap in 2003, outlines tactics such as network attacks.

2. "The Long War": Please click on :Alternet, where I found this excellent expose, indicates that the "War on Terror" will never end, since we are continuously "pissing off people who have access to explosives". This "War" will eternally justify suspensions of civil liberties, military expansion, domestic spying, massive deficit spending which will destroy the buying power of those on fixed incomes. Our government's message: "Get used to it!"

3. The "Patriot Act" will be with us forever. It gives the government the right to sneak into your house, look through all your stuff, and not tell you about it for weeks, all based on a "rubber stamp" warrant.

Please read the rest at this link to: ALTERNET


The Face of Moral Courage: Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks were on top of the "country" music world in 2003, when George Bush decided to invade Iraq. We know that he did so by lying to the citizens who elected him, by fabricating evidence that Saddam Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction, and by FALSELY linking him to Osama Bin Laden. As everyone who read the foreign press knew, the two were bitter enemies, and would have tried to kill each other, had they been placed into the same room. In the process, his people outed Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA operative who was tracking nuclear bomb technology in Iran. Thanks to our Bush government, we now have no "humint", or human intelligence, keeping an eye on the progress of nuclear weapons technology in Iran.

Natalie Maines said what most of us who knew the facts of the situation did say in our blogs, though our subservient press did not have the courage to report the truth. Because of her patriotic and courageous act FOR AMERICA, "country" music stations banned the Dixie Chicks, in an act that was not only cowardly, but also anti-American.

Now we are in a mess in Iraq, and the so-called "patriotic" country disk jockeys are partly responsible for it. How can they sleep at night, after helping to betray America, which they claim to love?


Why do we have a outrageously high gas prices?

A May 1 article in Germany's largest News Magazine - "Der Spiegel", indicates that since our invasion, the Iraqi oil industry is on the verge of collapse, leading to more world shortages. When Saddam was in power, he tried to sell as much oil as possible to whoever wanted to buy, whether friend or potential foe.

Because its northern pipeline into Turkey has been out of commission for months as a result of continuing insurgent attacks, Iraq now processes all of its oil exports through its two terminals on the Gulf, which are in deplorable shape, and have not been properly repaired. This means less oil, higher prices at the pump, dismal approval ratings for the Bush regime which lied us into our invasion of Iraq. During this deception, President Bush's regime succeded in "outing" the CIA's agent handler for Iran. I will take many years to replace the agents in Iran who reported to him, and meanwhile, we may lack "human" intel (vs electronic, etc.), which is now severly needed, if an ill-advised invasion is in the planning process.

If we now commit the additional folly of attacking Iran, the two Gulf terminals, pathetic as they are, will be at risk, and Iran is likely to quit selling oil on the world market, and our crisis will then become a catastrophy, from which we are unlikely to recover in the foreseeable future. Many of us may be walking many miles to work, if our workplace survives the inevitable world-wide economic depression, which is certain to follow a severe oil shortage. It will take years to replace oil with other fuel sources in sufficient quantities to avert this catastrophe.

Even the many citizens of the United States, who are unable to find Iran or Iraq on a world map, will soon understand the impact of our misadventure into the Middle East. It has been, and will continue to be a massive tragedy for the Iraqi as well as the American people


Our Military's Honor Roll

Those of us who served honorably for our United States in combat, as I have, should salute, from left: Major General Paul D. Eaton, General Anthony C. Zinni, Lieutenant General Gregory Newbold, Major General John Batiste, Major General John Riggs, Major General Charles H. Swannack Jr.

When a commander has major, irreconcilable policy differences with those to whom he reports, especially concerning policies which undermine the ability of his unit to assist with the defense of our country, it becomes his moral duty to resign.

We need men like these, who can not only lead our nation in war, but understand the logistical problems caused by natural disasters like the hurricane which devastated New Orleans, to report for duty as candidates for the office of President of the United States.


Jill Carroll and the idiotic propaganda from both sides

I join the many Christians and Moslems, as well as the multitudes from other religions, who are joyfully celebrating Jill Carroll's release. Unfortunately, my joy is tempered with sadness, when I consider the degree to which she has succumbed to the crude, irrational propaganda of the evil forces of our world.

Jill is right in condemning those who killed her friend Alan, and thereby devastated his family. I would gladly pull the trigger of my .45 Colt Commander, or the M-16 I carried in combat during my assignment in Vietnam, to avenge their untimely deaths, even though my Christian religion prohibits such acts of revenge. Unfortunately, unlike Jesus, I am only human, and have a great deal of difficulty in sublimating my anger. I suspect that Moslems, including my friend Samir Farah, who, with my help, argued for the Arab cause so fervently on the Ed Bush talk show many years ago, are burdened with similar problems of our imperfect humanity, for only God is great.

Though I am only one insignificant person, I humbly thank those who sacrificed to make her freedom possible. I know that God will reward them for their kindness, which He demands of us.


Groessenwahnsinn (Megalomania)

Several recent press reports have suggested we (the US) are planning up to 14 permanent bases in Iraq.

The United States, with other Allies, occupied Germany in 1945, and stayed because the "Cold War" began. The cold war has been over for many years, and yet we are still there. The same dreary fate awaits Iraq.

This administration's drug and alcohol induced logic, which caused the shooting of Cheney's hunting companion, governs what passes for "foreign policy" these days.


We Must Find the Words

The photo in this post shows a small boy, detained with his father by our American Armed Forces. If you and your son were forced to endure this sort of emotional torment, how would YOU react to the invaders?

Multiply this scene by a thousand, perhaps by hundreds of thousands, and you will begin to understand why most of the residents of Iraq do not entirely love their "guests".

I do understand. My grandmother, mother, and I endured similar torments during the Soviet and Polish occupation of my German hometown from 1945 to 1947.

In the last posting before his death, Tom Fox quoted an Islamic cleric, who tried to explain the gut-wrenching torment of the innocent civilians of that devastated city: "The ongoing difficulties faced by Fallujans are so great that words fail to properly express it". Nevertheless, we must try to find the appropriate words, though they fall pitifully short of the emotions from which they spring.

In his weblog Tom had written: "I am to stand firm against the kidnapper as I am to stand firm against the soldier."....."If Jesus and Ghandi were right, then I am asked to risk my life, and if I lose it, to be as forgiving as they, when murdered by the forces of Satan."

Tom's body was found concealed in a garbage bag, in a vacant lot near the West Baghdad railway line. The many scars on his back gave ample evidence of severe beatings. His hands had been tied, and there were numerous gunshot wounds at his head and chest. Which side of this dehumanizing conflict gained from his death?Please CLICK HERE to visit those who supported this humble ambassador of Christ.


Another Pat Tillman Investigation

There is no doubt that Pat Tillman was a hero. If forsaking a multi-million dollar contract in order to put himself in harm's way is not selfless heroism, I have no idea what deed might fit that definition.

Based on everything I have read, his death was caused by a number of gross errors by those in command. Since I led two advisory teams in Vietnam, I believe that I can comment authoritatively concerning the decisions by his commander, pending additional information, which has not yet been communicated to us:

1. One of the unit's vehicles broke down. The commander decided to leave half of his team with the vehicle in a small Afghan village, while the remainder were to return to their base camp. Unfortunately, the entire team was too small to defend against a substantial attack, and splitting the team made that situation even worse.

2. The team in the village was able to find a vehicle to tow their disabled vehicle, and decided to follow the first unit, apparently without notifying that unit of it's course of action.

3. The first half of the team heard them coming, assumed they were an enemy unit, and prepared an ambush, firing on their comrades when they came in range.

4. The second half of the team thought they were being attacked by enemy soldiers, and decided to return fire. Among them was an indigenous guide or interpreter, who had been allowed to carry an AK-47. That weapon has a distinctive sound, which is substantially different from our M-16's. In addition, the weapon probably fired green tracers - our M-16 tracers are red.

5. The first half of the team, watching green tracers from the second unit, was now certain that they were facing an enemy unit, and did what it could to wipe them out. In Vietnam, I carried a pocket size code book, which could be used to encode my transmissions, and I suspect that the Special Forces commander had one as well. When in doubt as to the automatic weapons fire coming in their directions, the commander of each of the two elements should have taken a few moments to encode a message to the other unit, but that would have been difficult by the rapidly diminishing light of the setting sun, and the use of a flashlight would have revealed their position to enemy forces in the vicinity.


A Warning to Jill Carroll's Kidnappers!

Jill Carroll's kidnappers are rapidly diminishing the tiny reservoir of sympathy for the Iraqi resistance movement, which still exists in this world. As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, who has been humbled by his inability to prevent "collateral damage" to innocents, when such restraint might cause death or injury to his advisory team, I have spoken against the current war in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has brought almost unimaginable pain to the Iraqui people, since before its beginning, and I have helped to found VeteransAgainstTorture, because I fervently believe in the justice of that cause.

My profound sympathy for the plight of the Iraqui people does not extend to the vile kidnappers of this innocent girl. My message to them: "Keep it up, and you will count the destruction of our antiwar movement among your accomplishments.

Even God will not forgive you, if you do!

Wolfgang P. May
Captain, Armor
Advisory Team Leader
Republic of Vietnam


Veterans Against Torture

I am proud to be a founding member of Veterans Against Torture
When I served as Intelligence Operations Officer of the 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen Germany, I was proud to work with some of the highly trained professional interrogators of our MI company.

If we want reliable intelligence, we cannot use shortcuts in that business. It takes a few days, but the result is always information on which our armed forces can act with confidence, and produce positive results. For an inside look at these wonderful, underpaid professionals of our military intelligence, read: "Talking with Victor Charlie" by Sedgwick D. Tourison, Jr.

Torture may satisfy some perverted instincts, but the result is useless garbage.


It's over: US Labor Decides for Peace

On Saturday, April 29, 2006, there will be a day of reckoning for the Bush Administration, whose members have been drawn from the privileged few of our society, and who have never found it necessary to serve in a war.

Trade unionists, religious and community groups, civil rights and social justice organizatiions, environmentalists, students, and people from all walks of life, will tell your administration to end the war in Iraq, dismantle US bases, and bring our troops home now. Instead of wars and occupations, let us fund jobs, health care, education and housing.

President Bush: Though I, as a combat veteran, respect your office, you, who avoided service in Vietnam by flying National Guard aircraft in Texas, while I was privileged to serve as Advisory Team Leader to the 748 Montagnard Regional Forces Company in Ngo Trang, between Kontum and Dak To, and at Trung Lap, at the edge of the "Iron Triangle", are not qualified to speak for the many brave combat veterans of our great nation.

I respectfully request that you lead by example, as George Washington did, or get out of Iraq!


History Lessons For Those Who Support Hamas

When the Nazi Party was new, many supported Hitler because the mainstream political organizations were unable to help Germany recover after World War I. Starvation was common: In Bohemia, in February 1919, 20 percent of the babies were born dead, and 40 percent died within the first month of birth. (Unfinished Victory, Arthur Bryant, (1940)pp.4,16,10,18)

Alsac Lorraine, which had been in dispute by both countries, was returned to France. Most of the province of Posen, with 600,000 German inhabitants, was given to Poland. All together, 28,000 square miles of German territory, inhabited by 7 million Germans, were lost, and Germany was deprived of over 60,800,000 tons of coal annually.

Since the mainstream political parties were unable to change the dismal lot of the average German, many of them turned to the Nazi Party, and a large majority did so in protest against the impotence of the major parties, and the hope that many of the more extreme statements of the Nazis were bluffs.

I suspect that the Palestinians, who have lost so much of their land, and who are now without a realistic hope for an improvement of their economic situation, have supported Hamas for the same reasons.

It is time for the major economic powers of this world to take an active role in supporting the economic aspirations of the mainstream Palestinian household - - - before it is too late!


Investigator of US Human Rights Abuses in Iraq Murdered?

According to the Wayne Madsen Report,the US Army Colonel who was investigating human rights abuses and contract violations by US contractors was killed after demanding answers to the many questions he had raised. A USIS (US Investigations Services) manager interfered with the crime scene, and the colonel's suicide not was not in his own handwriting. The manager was not tested for gunpowder residue on his hands. As the ancient Romans said: "Sic transit gloria mundi" - thus passes the glory of the world.


New Orleans: Two Trillion for War, Pennies for New Orleans

In a "Guardian" article, Joseph Stiglitz, a Columbia University Professor who won the Nobel proze for eaconomics in 2001, says the real cost of the Iraq war is likely to be between one and two trillion dollars, up to 10 times more than previously expected. Included are lifetime disability and healthcare for injured soldiers, as well as the impact on the American economy. The GOOD news is that Halliburton will continue to do well.

Meanwhile back outside the Bush ranch, click here for the Madsen Report, without regular telephones, the residents of New Orleans are living in a "cell phone hell". Dr/ James Kent Treadway, a well-known pediatrician in the Uptown district, committed suicide in his damaged house on November 16. His story is not unique.