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  • Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!

    08/04/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | self
    Published on Aug 23, 2013 Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. "On overseas activities of the Coast Guard in World War II. Includes views of the amphibious invasions of Guadalcanal, North Africa, Anzio, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Normandy, and South France. Cutters shoot down an airplane, patrol a Persian port, deliver supplies and men to Greenland, release depth charges, and sink a German boat. Coast Guardsmen place buoys in a port, load supplies on B-24 plane, load wounded Marines aboard transports off Tarawa, and rescue sailors of ships sunk by Japanese suicide planes...
  • Will Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador Improve LGBT Rights In Vietnam? [Isaiah 24 - Exporting Sodomy]

    08/02/2015 4:01:33 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    New America Media ^ | 5/21/2014 | Staff
    (VNRN) - Any new U.S. Ambassador will always attract the attention of Vietnamese everywhere, but when President Barack Obama nominated Asia pro Ted Osius, it generated a little more than the usual high interest. You see, Osius is openly gay. Regardless of whether the nominee’s sexual orientation was a factor, the nomination hopefully will usher in more LGBT rights in Vietnam. Certainly Osius is qualified to be ambassador. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission before, in Indonesia from 2009 to 2012. For the past year, he has been an Associate Professor at the National War College. Osius had...
  • My Enemy, My Friend (AF Pilot Meets MiG Pilot He Shot Down) Follow us: @AirSpaceMag on Twitter

    08/01/2015 8:47:52 PM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 15 replies
    Air and Space Magazine ^ | 1AUG15 | Dan Cherry ( MG, USAF, Ret)
    Through an acquaintance, I learned about a Vietnamese television show, "The Separation Never Seems to Have Existed," which reunites people who have lost touch. When the producer heard of my quest, she asked me, via e-mail, to write a letter stating my intentions and the circumstances surrounding the dogfight. Within two weeks she had found the MiG pilot, and invited me to Vietnam to appear on television with him. On April 5, 2008, on live television, my heart pounded as Nguyen Hong My—the man I had last seen in a black flightsuit, swinging under a red and white canopy—walked onto...
  • Kerry and McCain are Traitors to the US and the American People

    07/30/2015 9:35:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/30/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Would the fact that John–anti-war activist with pal Hanoi Jane Fonda–Kerry has a daughter married to an Iranian make any difference in this heated debate over getting Barack Obama’s nuke deal shoved through Congress? Kerry greeted the Iranian people on the occasion of Nowruz, the traditional New Year, by revealing “his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has KERRY SALUTE EXTENSIVE FAMILY TIES to Iran!” Kerry told those listening: “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family and grateful for how they have enriched my life.” Kerry went on to say he was strongly committed to resolving differences...
  • Is this MH370? US pilot believes he's found wreckage of missing airliner

    05/09/2014 11:26:33 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4-28-2014 | Lydia Warren
    (Poster's note: I searched by title and keyword and didn't find this already on FR) A pilot from New York believes he has found the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 off the coast of Thailand after searching thousands of satellite images online. Michael Hoebel, 60, spent hours trawling through the images made available to the public on a crowd-sourcing website, TomNod.com, before coming across what he believes is the doomed plane. The recreational pilot from Tonawanda said he was shocked to discover that the aircraft, which vanished two months ago, appeared to be in one piece beneath...
  • Woman Claims She Saw Missing Malaysian Air Flight While Sailing In Indian Ocean

    06/04/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    British woman Katherine Tee is saying she spotted what she believes is the missing Malaysian Air flight MH370 while she was sailing. She saw in early March, but is only now coming forward because she did not believe her eyes at the time. Tee said that while she and her husband Marc Horn were sailing across the Indian Ocean from India to Thailand, she spotted what looked like a plane on fire during the night of March 7. She thought she was hallucinating, but after the media coverage, she looked up the flight plan of the aircraft and discovered their...
  • MH370 search discovers a shipwreck not the missing plane

    05/13/2015 1:46:03 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 13th May 2015
    THE $90 million search for MH370 has discovered “man made objects” almost four kilometres under the surface of the southern Indian Ocean, but they are not the missing Boeing 777. Instead the debris is thought to be from an ancient shipwreck, comprising an anchor and other items. Australian Transport Safety Bureau Operational Search Director Peter Foley said they were “obviously disappointed” the discovery was not the missing aircraft.
  • MH370: Plane Deliberately Set on Autopilot 'West of Sumatra' When it Ran Out of Fuel and Crashed

    06/26/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 61 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2014 | Lydia Smith / IB Times
    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was "highly likely" on autopilot when it ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean, Australian researchers have said. A new search area for the missing Boeing 777 plane has been announced by the Australian government .... Deputy Prime Minister Warren Trust confirmed the search will move further south to an area 1,800km (1,100 miles) off the western coast of Australia.... An expert group has reviewed the existing information on MH370, revealing that is it probable that the plane was on autopilot when it ended its flight. Truss said it was "highly, highly likely...
  • 'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hackedused in terror attack'

    12/22/2014 10:40:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Decemner 22, 2014 | Sam Webb for MailOnline
    'U.S. military shot down MH370 because they thought it had been hacked and was about to be used in terror attack', claims former airline boss Marc Dugain says U.S. Navy in Indian Ocean attacked the plane He claims that islanders saw the plane fly close to a U.S. base Also alleges that a spy told him to back away from his probe into MH370 A former airline boss and writer claims the U.S. downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 because the military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. Marc...
  • Former Airline CEO Claims US Military Shot Down MH370 Near Diego Garcia

    12/22/2014 7:24:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    zero headge ^ | 12/22/14 | tyler durden
    A second senior airline industry source has revealed his belief that there is some sort of conspiracy behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. As The Herald Sun reports, Emirates president and CEO Sir Tim Clark made world headlines in October when he revealed his doubts about the fate of the missing plane, which disappeared early in the morning of March 8 this year. Now a second senior airline industry source has voiced his doubts about the fate of the plane, with the even wilder claim that the Boeing 777 may have been shot down by US military personnel...
  • MH370 conspiracy theories: So, what happened to the missing plane?

    12/17/2014 7:48:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | Dec. 4, 2014
    Was Flight MH370 captured by aliens? Stolen by Israeli agents? Or did it crash in Ukraine? A round-up of the best conspiracy theories LAST UPDATED AT 12:06 ON Thu 4 Dec 2014 See related:  Flight MH17: new footage shows aftermath of crash – video MH370: search for missing plane could be over by May The mystery of flight MH370: 7 other planes that vanished In the ongoing absence of firm evidence about the fate of missing flight MH370, the world's conspiracy theorists have weighed in with explanations of their own for the disappearance of the Malaysia Airways plane.The susbsequent...
  • Australia says missing Malaysia plane not where 'pings' heard

    05/29/2014 5:01:13 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 29, 2014 | Lincoln Feast
    The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines MASM.KL jetliner suffered a further setback on Thursday after Australian officials said wreckage from the aircraft was not on the seabed in the area they had identified.... The search was narrowed last month after a series of acoustic pings thought to be from the plane's black box recorders were heard near where analysis of satellite data put its last location, some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) off the northwest coast of Australia. "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has advised that the search in the vicinity of the acoustic detections can now be considered...
  • Navy official: Pings not thought to be from Flight 370's black boxes

    05/28/2014 7:43:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | 10:26 PM EDT, Wed May 28, 2014 | Rene Marsh and Mike M. Ahlers,
    The four acoustic pings at the center of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 for the past seven weeks are no longer believed to have come from the plane's black boxes, a U.S. Navy official told CNN. The acknowledgment came Wednesday as searchers wrapped up the first phase of their effort, having scanned 329 square miles of southern Indian Ocean floor without finding any wreckage from the Boeing 777-200. Authorities now almost universally believe the pings did not come from the onboard data or cockpit voice recorders, but instead came from some other man-made source unrelated to the jetliner...
  • 'Pings' may NOT have been from MH370 after all: Doubts grow over signals detected during search ...

    05/20/2014 6:31:56 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | May 19, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Audio recordings of the 'ping' signals believed to have come from the black box of Flight MH370 will now not be released as doubt grows over whether they are connected with the missing plane. The Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) headed by Angus Houston told the Herald Sun that the search group's original confidence the four accoustic 'ping' signals were from the plane had waned and the recordings would not be made public. The decision is a blow to the families of some of the MH370 passengers who issued a plea earlier this month to make the recordings public. A...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370:Doubts Raised Over Some Pings Thought to Be From Plane

    05/12/2014 1:25:11 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 12 May 2014 | Daniel Stacey
    Searchers Focus on April 5 Signals as Confidence Fades Over April 8 Detections Searchers preparing to resume the underwater hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 increasingly suspect that some of the electronic signals detected last month didn't come from the jetliner's black-box flight recorders, a senior Australian naval officer said. The doubts—based on further acoustic analysis of the transmissions by Australian authorities over recent weeks—represent another potential setback in the two-month-old operation. An initial underwater search in the southern Indian Ocean has already failed to find any sign of the missing plane, while a costly air-and-ship search of the ocean's...
  • Debris in Indian Ocean Examined for Connection to Flight 370

    07/29/2015 11:27:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    ktla ^ | CNN wire
    Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French Air Force in Reunion said Wednesday. The debris was found off the coast of St. Andre, a community on the island, according to Adjutant Christian Retournat. “It is way too soon to say whether or not it is MH370. We just found the debris this morning,” Retournat said. He said the debris — what appears to be a wing...
  • MH370: wreckage found on Reunion 'matches Malaysia Airlines flight'

    07/29/2015 3:45:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/29/2015 | Harriet Alexander
    A French aviation expert believes he may have found the wreckage of MH370 – the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared off the coast of Malaysia in March 2014. Xavier Tytelman, a former military pilot who now specialises in aviation security, was contacted on Wednesday morning by a man living on the island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean. The man sent Mr Tytelman a series of photos showing wreckage of a plane, which the Frenchman said could possibly be the missing jet. "I've been studying hundreds of photos and speaking to colleagues," Mr Tytelman told The Telegraph. "And we all...
  • Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370

    07/29/2015 6:30:46 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2015 | Paris Syndey
    France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters the part was almost certainly from a Boeing 777 but that it had not yet been established if it came from MH370. A U.S. official said air safety investigators had a "high degree of confidence" the debris was from the same model as MH370, the Associated Press reported. No trace has been...
  • MH370 Found? Debris on Reunion Island.

    07/29/2015 9:08:07 AM PDT · by chuck allen · 100 replies
    Breakingnews ^ | 7/29/2015 | News Sources
    MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 36m Editor's note: Numerous tweets are noting the discovery of airline debris off the coast of La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and speculating about a possible link to the missing Malaysia jet MH370. Jon Ostrower, the Wall Street Journal’s aerospace reporter, says the debris appears to be an airline flap. - Tom The airline debris found on Reunion Island was discovered on the coast of St. Andrew by trail maintenance workers - @clicanoore read more on clicanoo.re MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 9m Local report: Investigators say the debris found on Réunion Island...
  • US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370

    07/29/2015 10:00:00 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/29/15 | JOAN LOWY, LORI HINNANT and ROD McGUIRK
    Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday. Related Stories US official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777 Associated Press Searcher says wing find won't change MH370 seabed search Associated Press Australia Official: Too Early to Say If Plane Debris from MH370 The Wall Street Journal Authorities study plane debris found off Madagascar for links to missing MH370 Reuters Investigators believe debris found...
  • SunTzu, VietNam Veteran's Edition.

    07/29/2015 4:14:55 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 6 replies
    Had this idea while chatting on another thread. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3318260/posts?page=42 I thought this might provoke some interesting insights from veterans. Sun Tzu wrote "The Art of War", many people are familiar with. If you were to add your own proverb or paragraph of wisdom about VietNam to instruct future generations, what would it be? Thank you for your service.
  • A rap anthem called (Bleep) Communism' is going viral in Vietnam

    07/29/2015 2:15:10 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 55 replies
    globalpost.com ^ | 7/24/2015 | Patrick Winn
  • Trump’s ‘da Man!

    07/29/2015 8:49:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/29/15 | Ed Wood
    I do realize that everyone from Charles Krauthammer to the recently escaped Mexican drug lord, El Chapo, is “piling on” Donald Trump for his straight-forward remarks. Well, being the contrarian that I am, I am going to come down on the side of Mr. Trump! Do I like him? No. Never have. I don’t like his swagger, his cockiness, his arrogance. And I certainly don’t care for that mop of comb-over fake hair. But they say the difference between egotism and self-assurance is the ability to produce. By any measure, he Donald Trump Donald Trump certainly wins that contest, both...
  • America Learns of a Pampered and Protected John McCain

    07/25/2015 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/25/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Did Richard Nixon pardon John “Songbird” McCain of charges as serious as treason and did our defunct mainstream media hide this horrific side of a man who would have been our president in 2008, save only for a Black being on the ticket? What is the truth here? “Colonel Ted Guy was preparing criminal charges against John McCain when Nixon took Admiral McCain’s little boy under his wing. Where are McCain’s 32 propaganda tapes that were made during Vietnam and broadcast over the radio to US troops?” asks Gordon Duff, a disabled, Marine combat veteran of Vietnam writing about the...
  • More Republicans Like Trump Than McCain, New Poll Finds (Rasmussen Reports)

    07/23/2015 8:11:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Miriam Wasser
    A recent poll found that more Republican voters have a favorable view of presidential candidate Donald Trump than they do of Arizona's long-time U.S. Senator, John McCain. The telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 people on July 20 and 21 and revealed that at least 52 percent of likely Republican voters reported having at least a somewhat favorable view of Trump, while 51 percent feel that way about McCain. The margin of error for the study, +/- 3 percent, is greater than the difference in results, but when asked if they have a very favorable view of the...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up

    07/23/2015 10:58:46 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 24 replies
    The American Conservative .com ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
  • Exploding the myth that brave Kerry said "send me!" to the fight... in his own words!

    08/11/2004 6:18:11 AM PDT · by adam_az · 51 replies · 2,834+ views
    Various sources | 8/11/04 | Adam_az
    John Kerry has made a number of contradictory claims about what exactly he signed up for when he signed up for the Swift boats. I cite various primary sources in an attempt to discover what it was that Kerry actually signed up for. In summary, when Kerry signed up for the Swift boats, they were used as coastal patrol boats and were one of the safest assignments in Vietnam. Two weeks into Kerry's Swift Boat assignment, they decided to use the boats on the Mekong river. Kerry and his supporters have made multiple contradictory claims about his Swift boat service...
  • Are we finally meeting the real John McCain?

    07/23/2015 9:36:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/23/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “None of that is true!. . .I used to meet with him (McCain) in my office at the end of the day and debate with him. . .we debated quite fiercely but there was never any personal prejudice between us; the debate was between two men in a manly style. But after that we were quite friendly. We didn’t take it personally,” said Tran Trong Duyet, McCain’s jailer, in 2008 when Duyet was aged 75. But after his release from the Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison), John Sidney McCain, Navy pilot and son of Adm. John McCain, Jr., commander of...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • New national GOP frontrunner: McCain is a hero, and if there was a misunderstanding,

    07/21/2015 3:13:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The Journal calls it Trump’s attempt to make peace with the GOP after two days of heavy breathing over the McCain comments. It’s not an apology, but Mediaite is right that it’s probably as close as he gets to an apology. Which is good, because only RINOs apologize. He insists here that he didn’t really say what everyone heard him say this past weekend about McCain, which is interesting given that Trump fans have spent the last three days claiming that what he said was correct. Trump keeps pointing in interviews to this “fact check” by Sharyl Attkisson, who took...
  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP

    07/21/2015 2:44:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Billings Gazette ^ | July 21, 2015 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump's incendiary comments - and the GOP response - are proving political gold for Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid jumped on both Tuesday, first attacking Trump for his criticism of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then pivoting to a larger target: the growing GOP presidential field and the entire Republican Party. Reid, D-Nev., noted that while Trump's GOP White House rivals were nearly unanimous in denouncing Trump's suggestion that McCain is not really a war hero, they were more tentative in responding to his criticisms of Mexican immigrants as "criminals" and "rapists."(continued)
  • POW case haunts McCain's image as war hero

    07/21/2015 4:13:06 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 37 replies
    WND ^ | Jerome R. Corsi
    Though he immediately backtracked, presidential candidate Donald Trump reopened the controversy over Sen. John McCain’s service during the Vietnam War and his subsequent handling of the post-war POW issue by questioning whether the Arizona Republican should be regarded as a hero. McCain, whose father and grandfather were four-star Navy admirals, has been commended throughout his career in the Senate for enduring five-and-a-half years in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison in North Vietnam. But various critics, including Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Sydney H. Schanberg, have charged that McCain, working with fellow Vietnam veteran and then-Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., suppressed information about...
  • Hanoi’s Capitalist Revolution

    07/21/2015 8:13:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    City Journal ^ | July 21, 2015 | Michael J. Totten
    After the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Hanoi, capital of a now-unified, Communist Vietnam, was a bombed-out disasterscape. Residents lived under an egalitarian reign of terror. The grim ideologues who ran the country forbade citizens to socialize with or even speak to the few foreign visitors. People queued up in long lines past government stores with bare shelves to exchange ration coupons for meager handfuls of rice. The only traffic on the street was the occasional bicycle. Since then, however, Hanoi has transformed itself more dramatically than almost any other city in the world. Today, the city is an explosive...
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up

    07/21/2015 7:13:52 AM PDT · by Homer1 · 13 replies
    Theamericanconsetvative.com ^ | 7/1/2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence...
  • Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing'

    07/21/2015 4:30:58 AM PDT · by blueyon · 31 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 7/21/15 | Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".
  • One True American Hero: Admiral James B. Stockdale (Hostage)

    07/21/2015 3:10:02 AM PDT · by Hostage · 10 replies
    Home of Heroes and Free Republic ^ | July 21, 2015 and 1976 | Hostage and Military Archives
    There are heroes and then there are charlatans. To detect who is which requires one to observe over time the sincerity of the person. Here are described the acts of one true American hero: ADMIRAL JAMES B. STOCKDALE The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to STOCKDALE, JAMES B.Rank and organization: Rear Admiral (then Captain), U.S. Navy. Place and date: Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 4 September 1969. Entered service at: Abingdon, Ill. Born: 23 December 1923, Abingdon, Ill..Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the...
  • Attacking Donald Trump seems to only make him stronger

    07/20/2015 5:56:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eugene Robinson
    Don’t be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger. Why should anyone pay the slightest attention to the Trump circus? Because the most recent polls — to the GOP establishment’s great consternation — show him in first place. Also because Trump, rather than any of his more experienced rivals, is setting the agenda for the race. On Saturday, he committed what...
  • Lindsey Graham: Donald Trump is a ‘jackass’

    07/20/2015 5:14:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Sen. Lindsey Graham thinks real-estate mogul Donald Trump is a “jackass” and his comments about Sen. John McCain were the beginning of the end of his candidacy. “He’s bringing his name down and he’s not helping the process and he shouldn’t be commander in chief,” Graham said. The South Carolina senator was speaking on CNN’s “Out Front” on Monday, responding to Trump’s Saturday comment that McCain was not an American hero because he was taken prisoner by North Vietnamese forces. “He’s not a war hero,” said Trump. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who...
  • The wife of a Vietnam POW/MIA has gotten nothing but lies from the U.S. government

    07/20/2015 9:11:39 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 40 replies
    http://www.vietnow.com ^ | Carol Hrdlicka
    ...His jet was hit by ground fire, and David was forced to eject, parachuting into a valley near a village. As his parachute deployed, his wingman watched him descend, and saw him captured as he landed. David’s capture in Laos was published in a North Vietnamese newspaper, Quan Nahn Dan... One of the committees I testified before was the 1992 Senate Select Committee Hearings on POW/MIA. John Kerry and John McCain did everything to keep the truth from coming out and ignored all the evidence. Three former Secretaries of Defense testified that men had been left behind, but Kerry and...
  • Mr. Trump’s curious remark about John McCain’s time as a POW: Misstep or trap?

    07/20/2015 8:38:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/20/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    What could Donald Trump have been thinking when he said John McCain was not a war hero? Certainly he must have known it would lead to the end of a political career – but the question now is: Whose political career? The media – even the putatively conservative New York Post – is gleefully saying, “Trump is toast after insult: ‘McCain not a war hero’ Don Voyage!” Is this true; or is this media wishful thinking so they can go back to telling us how wonderful Jeb Bush is? Wishful thinking is a dangerous thing in all walks of life...
  • Trump’s Dismissal of McCain’s Heroism Shows Lack of Judgment and Decency, And Is Also Dead Wrong

    07/19/2015 4:17:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    REASON ^ | 07/19/2015 | Matt Welch
    What has gone underplayed in today's widespread outrage over Donald Trump's dismissal of John McCain's war heroism is that the GOP national-poll front-runner's comments, besides demonstrating an idiocratic lack of basic human judgment and decency, are also dead wrong. Because this is Donald Trump, and Donald Trump is a vulgar anti-intellect who cannot string a coherent paragraph together, his full statement contradicts itself several times within 57 short words. So let's just focus on the bolded part from his remarks: He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured—OK, I...
  • Trump Awakens Kerry’s Vietnam Anger With Slam On McCain

    07/19/2015 3:22:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 19, 2015 | Mike Barnicle
    The Iran nuclear deal that could prevent a war must have evoked another deal to end a war almost 50 years ago in the Secretary of State.John Kerry was angry. “Listen to this. Listen to what Trump just said about John McCain,” Kerry was saying over the phone. “ ‘He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.’ ” “That’s unbelievable,” Kerry said. “That’s beyond outrageous.” “John and I have some serious differences on a lot of things but he is nothing other than a hero and a good man....
  • McCain and the POW Cover-Up: The 'war hero' candidate buried information about POWs left behind...

    07/19/2015 10:40:23 AM PDT · by ETL · 59 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | July 1, 2010 | Sydney Schanberg
    Eighteen months ago, TAC publisher Ron Unz discovered an astonishing account of the role the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, had played in suppressing information about what happened to American soldiers missing in action in Vietnam. Below, we present in full Sydney Schanberg’s explosive story.
  • The Upshot: The Trump Campaign’s Turning Point

    07/19/2015 2:04:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    MSN / The New York Times ^ | July 18, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Donald Trump’s surge in the polls has followed the classic pattern of a media-driven surge. Now it will follow the classic pattern of a party-backed collapse. Mr. Trump’s candidacy probably reached an inflection point on Saturday after he essentially criticized John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War. Republican campaigns and elites quickly moved to condemn his comments — a shift that will probably mark the moment when Trump’s candidacy went from boom to bust. His support will erode as the tone of coverage shifts from publicizing his anti-establishment and anti-immigration views, which have some resonance in the party,...
  • After Diplomatic Disappointments, Iran Deal Vindicates Kerry

    07/18/2015 6:44:25 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    ABC News, AP ^ | July 18, 2015 | MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer
    For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight. As last Monday became Tuesday in Vienna, the U.S. secretary of state picked up the telephone in his first-floor room at the ornate, 19th-century Palais Coburg and dialed the White House. We have a deal, Kerry told President Barack Obama. After nearly 18 days of intense, often fractious and highly technical negotiations in the Austrian capital, he reported an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. All that remained was cleaning up the written details, Kerry said, a task that would be completed in the wee hours of Tuesday...
  • Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up: Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid (Bushies "We've finally got him")

    07/18/2015 3:58:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 18, 2015 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Ames, Iowa - Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence of both long before his appearance here today at the Family Leader Summit but Trump, who is leading several national polls of the Republican primary, erased any doubt with comments he made about Senator John McCain and a prospective independent bid. Trump was answering questions from Republican pollster Frank Luntz on stage when he declared that John...
  • Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years (Vietnam conscientious objector?)

    07/18/2015 2:16:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 7/18/15 | Michael Kranish
    In the fall of 1967, when a 14-year-old Texan named John Ellis Bush arrived on the bucolic campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, great expectations preceded him. -snip- A few weeks after graduation, on July 16, 1971, Bush filled out an index card on which he registered for the draft. (A copy of the card was obtained by the Globe under the Freedom of Information Act.) On the line requesting a contact, he listed his father, who continued to serve as Nixon’s United Nations ambassador: “Amb. George H. W. Bush, Waldorf Towers . . . New York City.” Bush received...
  • Deferments Helped Trump Dodge Vietnam

    07/18/2015 11:37:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 142 replies
    Despite Donald Trump’s claim this week that he avoided serving in the Vietnam War solely due to a high draft number, Selective Service records show that the purported presidential aspirant actually received a series of student deferments while in college and then topped those off with a medical deferment after graduation that helped spare him from fighting for his country, The Smoking Gun has learned. During a TV interview Tuesday morning, Trump--who spent his high school years enrolled at the New York Military Academy--said, “I actually got lucky because I had a very high draft number. I’ll never forget, that...
  • As Kerry Recalled His War Experience at End of Iran Talks, ‘Everyone Had Tears in Their Eyes’

    07/16/2015 7:42:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 53 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7/15/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – In the closing minutes of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna this week, Secretary of State John Kerry made a comment about having gone to war as a young man and not wanting to do so again, leaving everyone in the room, including the Iranians, with “tears in their eyes.” Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the talks, recounted the moment while addressing the annual Generation Prague Conference at the State Department on Wednesday. Sherman said that in the final plenary session, with the media out of the room, each of...
  • C-Span To Repeat Coverage of Congressional Commemoration of Fiftieth Anniversary of Vietnam War

    07/11/2015 6:46:41 PM PDT · by Intolerant in NJ · 4 replies
    C-Span | 11 July, 2015
    C-Span has just aired a replay of the Wednesday ceremony held by the US Congress to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Congressional leaders and current members, the Secretary of Defense, and past members of Congress who had served in Vietnam spoke about the war, its significance in the history of the country, and the sacrifice of those who served as well as the debt of gratitude the country owes them to this day. When Boehner finally got around to presenting at the end of the program he announced that a lapel pin had bee...