IS A VETERAN ONLY A “VETERAN” WHEN HE IS ASKING FOR MONEY OR VOTING?
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER
Twice a year the press discovers veterans. Photo crews go online to look for people to interview, parades or ceremonies to visit and something to fill time, fill space and move on. Veterans are “leftovers.”
The dead go in cemeteries. Arlington is, not only a cemetery but a tourist spot to boot. Wounded and sick either die or are treated by a mysterious bureaucracy until they die, go away or sometimes get better. Too many stay sick.
Victims of Gulf War syndrome were told, for years, it was their imagination. You can visit many of them in our veteran cemeteries. Agent Orange victims died by the thousands and are still sick and dying. For years they were told it was their imagination. PTSD victims didn’t exist until 1982. Now they have disappeared again. They are now all fakers or had “preexisting conditions.”
Now we only have time to talk of our new disaster while our old disasters, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm along with their families, the biggest victims of all, face the brunt of economic collapse, incompetence and simple fraud.
We all agree on the issues. What we don’t agree on is how to fight layered bureaucracy that we have empowered to rule over us.
Our government is like a big divorce court. Picture this: Two lawyers stand in court before a judge. He is a lawyer too. Behind them sit a man and his wife, each accusing the other of child molestation, physical abuse, drunken rages, sex orgies and leaving the toilet seat in the wrong position.
The lawyers scream and yell and posture. If you were to go to their other cases, you will find the accusations they advise their clients to make, true or not, are always the same. You will find every word, every gesture in court, all the same.
The judge acts as though he has seen this kibuki theatre for the first time but that’s not true. He knows the lawyers are liars and manipulators defrauding their clients and wasting time and money.
He knows it is all an act but he is an actor too.
When the hearing is over, the crying and bitter families leave, not knowing how much of their pain was orchestrated for profit.
The two lawyers, screaming at each other moments before go to lunch with the judge. The talk about golf. They joke about the hearing. They laugh. When they get become too incompetent to make a living otherwise, they might just run for Congress.
There they hold hearings. Veterans, trembling in wheel chairs, are brought before them. Photos of “waterboarding victims” bloody, toothless and burned, are on their desks. Audits showing billions stolen by defense contractors who had electrocuted 19 soldiers thru faulty wiring or poisoned water sit there too.
They vote bonuses for the contractors anyway.
Then they go to lunch and dinner and golf and lunch again and on visit private island resorts and watch their bank accounts fill with “soft money” contributions which revert to their retirement funds.
We wonder why nothing is ever fixed.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.
Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades.
Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.