November 16, 2015
It has been incredibly confusing for this amateur to get a hold on the actual nature of what it is that U.S. combat operations anywhere in the Middle East hope to accomplish—This interview with 3 star Gen. Michael Flynn, who strikes me as the same sort of person Lt. Col. L. Fletcher Prouty was, who spoke openly about his military service in the fifties and early sixties about how operational control of these important,vital matters has not been 100% under Pentagon control; that military experts re often vetoed by other agency with direct ties to the Executive branch of government. JFK gave instructions to the Head of the joint Chiefs of Staff that he as president regarded their advice as the final word, a policy reversed by LBJ two days after Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas.
CIA, NSA input into military operations, and the amount of money disbursed to private sector corporate players have so muddied the waters of what it is we are expecting of our sons and daughters when we send them into a shooting war, without Congress declaring war, which is the obligation conferred on Congress by the U.S. Constitution, that these police actions since WWII have no clear goal of victory.
It is also apparent that since the first Gulf War, limited journalists are allowed in combat zones in contradiction of the First Amendment; scribes are vetted by the Pentagon, CIA or who knows? The American people get very little truth, or any real awareness of what is going on overseas, certainly not the breath of information that brought the curtain down on our engagement in S.E. Asia.
Now S.W. Asia operations have languished longer than the VietNam effort that was questionable from its inception as to its final stated and/or unstated goal. President Eisenhower stated he would never send U.S. ground forces to the mainland of Asia (see: Pentagon Papers Chapter 2).
While I do not subscribe to any old conspiracy theory, the Military Industrial Complex does hold ultimate sway over the funds supplied by taxpayers and this is sad, especially when the counsel of good men and women in the uniform of our nation are not heeded.
President Eisenhower—his invention of the term Military Industrial Complex
CONSPIRACY SCOPE: Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS
July 1, 2015
I have so much that I would like to say to you, and so many other family and friends that have jumped on this recent up swelling of fervor directed at eradicating not only the flying of the Southern/Rebel/Confederate (take your pick, or add another) flag, but even almost turning into a lynch mob mentality, the same said people being the same ones that were waving their lighters at Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Molly Hatchet, Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels, Pure Pararie League, Marshall Tucker Band, and Dixie Dreggs, plus so, so many other Southern Band's concerts,... almost to the point that it sounds like they're going to round up all of the remaining old Southern rockers, hang them from cross shape stakes, and burn them from a giant bonfire made up of all their old albums, that are ladened with all sorts of Southern symbols, and all of the old giant Confederate flag backdrops, and all of the other Southern themed concert paraphernalia. There were a lot of blacks at the concerts that I went to. I even got to witness 3 black guys beating the hell out of 1 white guy, and not a single one of these flag waving Southern rednecks were helping the guy out, even though the whites greatly out numbered the blacks, for some reason, the flag did not send all of the whites into a blind black hating fury. I have been naive most of my life, and I still can be quite so. I was totally blind to the plight of the black people for the first 15 years of my life, mainly because my Dad was over protective, and I never saw a single black person in any cotton field that I was ever in. All I ever saw in the cotton fields was me, and a whole bunch of other white people. I grew up loving the rebel flag, not because of my parents, because I don't think that it was ever mentioned. I just developed a sense of pride in being from the South, and I've always thought that it was one of the most beautiful flags in the world. Until I got older, I didn't associate it with anything other than being proud to be from the South. I also don't believe that it is we Southerners holding on to the Old South, as much as it is the northerners have held on to a somewhat rancid smugness, that makes us hold on to the flag to remind us that we weren't always on the same side as those assholes. Also, there might be some similarities in the reaction to the flags, but making a head to head comparison of the Confederate flag to the Nazi flag, is somewhat of a stretch.