War

Revisionist History Is Alive and Well on Social Media: Japan as Victim

Scott Kerwin, writing at Quora, takes on a common revisionist theme – that the US was responsible for the war with Japan, and ultimately the atomic bombings were war crimes perpetrated against an innocent people. This question garnered over 20k views, 3 shares and over 400 upvotes before Quora took [Read More]

War

Early History of US Army Advisers and MAAG Mission in Vietnam, 1959-1963

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills Seems you can’t turn your head without finding our friend SGM Fred Barnes in the middle of history. Last year we introduced Fred as an E-3 trooper whose unit was brought into to witness (as guinea pigs) the first and only firing of the Army’s famous atomic cannon in [Read More]

Photo: Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korean War by Corporal Peter McDonald, USMC - Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain.
Heroes

Tootsie Rolls and “The Chosin Few”

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills From our friend Mike Collins and his pals: (Note: My wife’s uncle Phillip was one of those Marines. Her father was oder and served on a tin can in the Phillipine Sea but saw no real action. He always looked up to his baby brother [Read More]

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Heroes

Army Air Corps, WWII, “OK Boys, Put Some Clothes on those Girls”

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills “Ok boys, put some clothes on those girls.  We’re going home!” Apparently no one worried about nose art on the bombers…over there. (I don’t know who originally wrote this, but it was provided by one of our regular contributors, Ray Kasey, of New Jersey. Did you know that more [Read More]

War

Save One For Hachioji

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills When my family and I first came to Japan, in Spring,1972, we flew on an American contract airline, via Honolulu and Wake Island, from Travis AFB, California. We arrived at Yokota AFB in the northeast outskirts of greater Tokyo at night. An Army staff car [Read More]

Culture

AFTER HITLER, IS EUROPE RETURNING TO TYPE?

Vassar Bushmills (A timely repeat of some film from the 40s and first shown in Apr, 2017) “After Hitler” is a 2-part video documentary series about Europe in the five years immediately following World War II, 1945-1949. Each episode is roughly 43 minutes and was produced in 2016 but has the unmistakable [Read More]

Heroes

A Chronicle of an Army Personnel Fixer

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills They’ve often claimed that Economics is the dreariest science, but for men in uniform you’d have to go some to match the drudgery of pouring over miles and miles of pages and pages of personnel files and the rules and regs that define them. In the [Read More]

Donald Trump

The Real Story On Syria

President Trump announced a U.S. pullout from Syria, and the media promptly labeled it akin to treason. Here’s the real story on Syria and why it was a brilliant move. The reason the usual suspects gave for bashing Trump over this were pregnant with irony. He was ‘pulling out and [Read More]

Donald Trump

THE TRUMP DOCTRINE AND THE GENERALS

Vassar Bushmills Apparently almost every president had a foreign policy doctrine. One even got it’s own teaching bloc in public schools, at least until the 1980s. It was called the Monroe Doctrine, which stated that the US would use force to repel foreign (mostly European) incursions into the western hemisphere. [Read More]

Conspiracies

The EU Is At War With Israel

The EU is at war with Israel,for all intents and purposes. Some of the members, particularly in Eastern and central Europe aren’t participating, but most of the EU is. It isn’t a shooting war, but an increasing effort to marginalize the Jewish State so it can be destroyed. The EU [Read More]

Donald Trump

Swamp Critters Explode after Trump’s Orders U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Afghanistan

You may have noticed that the Deep State and fellow war mongers in the D.C. swamp are losing their collective minds now that the COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, Donald J. Trump, has ordered the removal of U. S. troops from Syria a few days ago.  Last evening, Huffington Post reported that the President has [Read More]

Troops performing a lifeboat drill onboard the Queen Mary in December 1944, before Operation Magic Carpet
National Security

The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home – WWII

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills (Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.) The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000 servicemen, not counting the  Coast Guard. In 1945, there were over 12 million, [Read More]

National Security

9/11 Where Were You?

Veterans’ Tales by Allen Ness I was an Observer/Controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Ft Polk, LA.  The Command took care of us, when we weren’t in the “box” we worked half days and three or four day weekends.  Ft Polk is the middle of nowhere but is within five [Read More]

Heroes

THE CIB, THE LIGHT THAT COMMANDS THE ROOM

Vassar Bushmills As you already know, I’m the garritrooper in this outfit, “too far forward to wear a tie, and too far to the rear to get shot at.” But that doesn’t mean that I don’t know some things about wading in muck up to my elbows, sleeping on hard [Read More]

Heroes

BACHELOR’S CORNER ON MEMORIAL DAY SUNDAY

Vassar Bushmills So should we. Remember, in all the world’s history, the only men who ever gave up their lives for total strangers were Americans. That is the American beat, and it still goes on. BACHELORS” CORNER On Sundays, for over three years after my separation, I walked about a [Read More]

Donald Trump

Getting Serious About Syria

The bleeding orifice known as Syria has once again erupted, due to a chemical weapons attack in Douma that took a number of civilian lives, or so it seems.I say this because media has become a weapon in modern warfare, the Sunni Syrian rebels are more than capable of rigging [Read More]

War

Unwinnable

I’m not going to fisk this entire article at the New York Times, especially since I may agree with its conclusion. However, as my old business partner used to say, I may agree with what you say but I will deny to the death your right to say it. Consider, [Read More]