trash_can_costume1_400ONCE SEEN AS HEROIC LEADERS



Veterans have long known that our modern military leaders often claim honors and heroics we know were won by others.  From Patton to Westmoreland, well known military commanders are infamous for their millionaire lifestyles behind the front lines.

Our newest Commander in Chief is working his way to the top of many lists, but for the oddest reasons.  Wrong mustard on a hamburger?  No more Dijon and Stilton burgers for me or I will be put in the “don’t ask, don’t tell” category (along with many who fought and died for their country).  Now Obama goes to New York with his wife, leaving the 2000 “Army intelligence” (I cringe when I use those words together) goons and PR “spin and coverup” specialists with nothing to do but lie to each other.

I am as ready as Michael Steele (priesthood dropout turned corporate lawyer/no military service) to go after Obama.  Hell, why stop there, lets take on the whole mess, with one exception.  In typical American fashion, we drag out the slop bucket and go for broke….

There is no easier target than “W” with his draft dodging VP and his “top secret” drug tests and reserve attendance records during wartime.  No wonder he is keeping his head down.

Bill Clinton not only dodged the draft but went to Russia helped load weapons for shipment to North Vietnam, all when he wasn’t training Viet Cong sappers.  That’s how he really got the name, “slick Willie.”

Daddy Bush joined the Navy at 19 but is accused of purposefully crashing plane after plane into the water, the last time leaving a crew onboard when he bailed out.  The New York Post hounded him as a coward, finding shipmates who accused Bush of everything from collaboration with the enemy to foot odor.  I suspect he was just blinded by his “thousand points of light.”

President Reagan is another easy target.  Second banana to a chimp in the movies, Reagan rode horses, and starred in dozens of action films but was restricted to “Hollywood Spokesman Duty” during the war.  Iran misses him most of all.  They now have to buy their weapons from the Russians.

Carter.  How do we say it?  Carter spent his time after graduating from the Annapolis on submarines.  Ultimately he failed.  He was never able to steal one of our nuclear submarines and sail it to Cuba.

President Ford is our dropout here.  He kept his mouth shut, spent World War 2 serving in combat with our Navy and never told anyone.  Funny how few photos there are of Ford “honoring the troops.”  Was it because he was one of them?

Nixon served in the Navy as a “supply weenie” during the war and helped bring Nazi war criminals into the US after the war working for Allen Dulles.  His most heroic military act involved his work with Henry Kissinger to consider asking the North Vietnamese to return the rest of our POWs as long as it didn’t inconvenience them too much.  One little mistake, leaving the names of POWs held in South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia off a piece of paper and we have to have 35 years of expensive “coverup.”  Damn!

Lyndon Johnson joined the Navy immediately after Pearl Harbor, though he was a Congressman at the time.  He got sent to look at shipyards, “Reagan duty,” and eventually returned to Congress.  Based on his obvious uselessness, President Roosevelt sent him to assist General MacArthur.  While doing this, Johnson saw combat and earned a Silver Star, some say given to him by the Japanese.

John Kennedy is an easy target.  According to a film produced for Secretary Rumsfeld at DOD expense and shown to American troops around the world, Kennedy, out of incompetence, crashed his PT boat into a Japanese destroyer then aimlessly swam around from island to island in idiotic confusion until finally elected to the Senate.  I saw the film.  It read like Bud Day’s Medal of Honor citation.  (good read)

Ike ran for office as a war hero, but never saw combat in 2 wars and is now mostly famous for sexual escapades with his driver.  Immediately after election, Ike surrendered to the communists in Korea and probably worked as a Bulgarian spy or Illuminati agent or both.

Harry Truman, the failed hat salesman, was an artillery officer in WWI.  He continually surrounded himself with guys he served with, probably making sure that nobody would rat him out for the endless drunken card parties and “hooker weekends” in Paris.  In 1945, he order A Bombs dropped on Japan, a country “chronically misunderstood.”

Taking us back as far as any of our readers will remember, we have FDR, communist agent, who fought freedom loving Germans and Japanese at the behest of Joseph Stalin.  Secretly a communist agent all along, FDR distributed food, created jobs and irresponsibly built our armed forces, destroying the potential we had to create a great worldwide empire of “conservatives” in alignment with the German, Japanese and Italian fascists so many “right thinking” and “fair and balanced” Americans loved.

We have one winner here, Gerald R. Ford, the only President of the United states “officially” not elected to office.  Since then, we did have one appointed by the Supreme Court.  Nixon picked Ford and he worked out fine.  The Supreme Court picked Bush and we all know how that worked out.  Hell, based on that, we can let Nixon off the hook too.

Time to quit.  Even Americans have only so much appetite for dirt.  Leaving out Lincoln’s illegal invasion of the South, Jefferson s 200,000 interracial descendants and Washington’s addiction to both hemp and sleeping in other people’s homes, this could easily turn into a book.

As John McCain will remind us, “only fools and liars believe POWs were left behind.”  Signing off and wishing everyone a good week, a “fool and liar” and glad of it.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.gduff


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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.