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Some thoughts from a combat soldier

Mark Smith is a retired Special Forces Major. He was captured in the battle of Loc Ninh in Vietnam. He had 38 holes in his body when captured, back broken, lung messed up, bowel penetrated, and other wounds. He was held in a camp in Cambodia until...

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The Release of the Tortured Crew

On 23 Dec 1968, the crew and captain of the US intelligence gathering ship Pueblo were released after 11 months imprisonment by the government of North Korea. The ship, and its 83-man crew, was seized by North Korean warships on January 23 and...

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War and the US Main Stream Media

On 19 Oct 1965, North Vietnamese troops launch a major assault on US and South Vietnamese Special Forces Camp at Plei Me in the Central Highlands, 215 miles north of Saigon. During a week of savage fighting, defenders of the besieged outpost, manned...

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It’s time to declare war

Imam Anwar al Awlaki is dead. He was killed because our government targeted him as an enemy. Let’s see; he held two key roles in the murky arena of international Jihadist terrorism. First, he was one of the emerging leaders of al Qaeda after we...

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Our military at war

On 21 Aug 1965, during the Vietnam War, it is revealed by our military headquarters in Saigon that US pilots now have received approval to destroy any Soviet-made missiles they see while raiding North Vietnam. This was a major change from previous...

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China

Our nation is in real trouble—in a lot of ways. Our military is the most effective one in the world by a long shot, but it’s worn out. The people are beat down from repeat deployments and the equipment is wearing out. We’ve stopped most R&D on...

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Let’s not abandon folks who believe us

On 29 Apr 1975, during the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The last US citizens begin evacuation from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. In 19 hours, 81 helicopters carried more than 1,000 Americans and almost 6,000...

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Harvard and ROTC

The Reserve Officer Training Corps’ four-decade exile from Harvard University sort of ends today with an agreement that was spurred by a congressional vote allowing gays to serve openly in the military. Harvard President Faust and Navy...

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