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Press TV: Special Ops con, imaginary warfare and non-existent enemies

With an election book by a SEAL, real or imaginary, out now, it is time for an honest discussion of “Special Operations” from someone who has actually sat through “mission planning” sessions involving three continents.

Sunday Morning, August 19th, 2012, 12:12AM

Writing for a defense publication has its issues. I am restricted from writing on things I work on myself. Come to think about it, I should be thanked.

Vietnam Promise – It Was to be Our Last

Raised on war propaganda, political claptrap and only mildly suspicious that America had been overthrown in the Coup de Etat on November 22, 1963, I was going to do my part.

The FBI Role in 9/11, Conning America

Every military and intelligence operation has a "cover and deception" aspect. Most have several, backup stories to use if one fails, like the inflatable tanks that Patton's "empty army" used in Britain in 1944 to fool the Germans.

Connecting the Military Dots

She walked onto the campus of the West LA Veterans Hospital in her Anne Taylor outfit and instantly could feel her throat tighten. "You OK Ma'am?" said one of the VA tour guides, a young male half her age.

CIA – DOD – Panetta and the Hidden Truth

Former CIA Director Panetta condemns Marines peeing on dead Taliban with "utterly deplorable" comment. Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black? .

Bury Bin Laden at Arlington?

Did you know that Osama bin Laden quite probably had been awarded civilian and military decorations by the United States? Osama bin Laden is responsible for more high risk intelligence and combat support operations on behalf of the US than any member of our military today. Sources indicate that his equivalent rank, when representing the United States government to the Mujihideen was that of Colonel and that he qualified for combat awards including, not only the Bronze Star but multiple Silver Stars as well.

Pissed off Marines

As many of you already know, I volunteer at the "National Veterans Hotline" a few nights per month. The hotline website can be found at www.Veterans911.com Last night, I was on duty for close to four hours and during that time I talked to over twenty callers.

The Tiring Bin Laden Saga, Version 27

It really isn't funny, I guess but you leave yourself open for such thing when you choose to deceive. The lies started long ago, long before even the staged 9/11 demolitions and simulated hijackings, yes, we know that too.

New Online Group for Out of Work Veterans

I was sent an email by a veteran who had lost his job last summer, and has been searching hard for a place to find work.

Sons of the Fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan

I seldom get moved about a movie, or a cause, beyond the confines of my own home, where I take time for my own kids every day, day after day, week after week.

America the “Bad Guy,” a Lesson in Historical Hypocrisy

I could have done 5 years in prison...though I think I behaved in a civilized manner toward the Vietnamese I didn't kill.

Muslim Christian Jew, Extremism is Extremism

I recently read a story online about a little 8-year old girl from Israel and the trouble she encounters just going to her local elementary school everyday because some ultra-orthodox Jews living in a city called Beit Shemesh take offense to the way she dresses .

Syrian Dissidents Reach Out. Yes, Assad is Killing Children

"Yes, Children are being Killed the dissidents say"   NOTICE:  GRAPHIC VIDEOS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS STORY.    by Ken Smith   I admitted upfront in an earlier post that I know even less than...

Prosthetic’s for Peace. The costs of Land Mines and War.

A friend of mine called and said: We should try to find ways to advance ourselves with our allies and even our perceived enemies by sharing our knowledge of prosthetics.

Afghanistan is a Racket: Straight Talk About War

War is a racket, Afghanitan the worst in our history. The "War is a Racket" part I borrowed from Smedley Butler and will continue to do so. As for Afghanistan, I am supposed to be an expert on the region, have been brief and have briefed top military experts on the region.

America and Pakistan – Questions and Answers

Two VT columnists, one from America and one from Pakistan exchanged ideas, concepts and concerns. This posting reflects questions and answers that are important to both of our countries.

Veterans Hotline Seeking Volunteers

A new Veterans nonprofit, "Veterans Workshop" has begun their nationwide recruitment for Volunteers who can assist with answering calls from American Veterans via a new Veterans911 hot-line.

2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message

The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

Veterans Suicide – Ken Smith on Iran’s Press TV

Military suicides have increased since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study conducted by the Center for a New American Security.