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Promising freedom, democracy and prosperity, America brings widespread destruction and death, but it’s all good, for the war profiteers. Since each Uncle Sam misadventure is a bonanza for them, the more, the merrier. Bring it on!

On April 21st, 1975, I was still in Saigon. As the Vietnam War neared its end, there was much turmoil, obviously, and much fear. I had stopped going to school. With Da Lat overrun, my aunt and her family showed up at our house.

After an 11-day battle, Xuan Loc, just 44 miles from Saigon, had just fallen. On our black and white television, I watched President Nguyen Van Thieu say:

The Americans have asked us to do an impossible thing… You have asked us to do something you failed to do, with half a million powerful troops and skilled commanders, and with nearly \$300 billion in expenditure over six long years.

If I do not say that you were defeated by the communists in Vietnam, I must modestly say that you did not win either. But you found an honorable way out. And at present, when our army lacks weapons, ammunition, helicopters, aircraft and B-52s (bombers), you ask us to do an impossible thing, like filling up the ocean with stones…

Likewise, you have let our soldiers die under the hail of shells. This is an inhumane act by an inhumane ally. Refusing to aid an ally and abandoning it is an inhumane act…

The United States is proud of being an invincible defender of the just cause and the ideal of freedom in the world… Are US statements worthy? Are US commitments still valid?

Less than a week later, I would be fleeing from Tan Son Nhat, on a C-130. Sitting on the floor, I wished I had a packet of instant noodles to munch on, uncooked, like some other kids.

Just hours after it took off, the North Vietnamese would shell the airport, rendering it useless while killing many people exactly like me, just trying to escape.

Watching Afghans fleeing in panic in 2021, Americans can even laugh, however. Andrew Anglin, “Look at them running! Run, faggots, run!”

Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew. If they’re faggots, sluts and sinners, then Uncle Sam was their pimp, john, rapist and bugger, which is accurate enough, but how can you blame foreigners for believing in Slick Sam’s sexy come-on, his glammy image and thumping pitch, when even Americans don’t know better?

Sidestepping human shit and collapsed grandpas on downtown sidewalks, they still think America is number one!

“SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” signs, banners and stickers adorn working class bars and storefronts across the USA. Even after so many self-defeating wars that bankrupt their nation while murdering millions of innocents, they continue to enlist.

With guns, will travel. No one else thinks like this. I wonder how many Americans can even identify ten countries on a map, or maybe just five?

In 2013, I met a woman in Cheyenne who said her daughter was stationed in North Korea. I bet most Americans don’t even know they’re paying to have at least 900 troops in Syria. Where is Syria?

With their own neighbors or relatives slaughtered, they can’t stop fighting for war profiteers or Jews, for it has become an American rite of passage. Even queers and trannies demand a piece of this Satanic action.

As for whom they must fight, they don’t even have a clue, or they’re too cowed to name their true enemies. There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination. Only galvanized by this can a pushback begin.

Through April of this year, this is the death toll of America’s fiasco in Afghanistan: 2,448 American soldiers, 3,846 American military contractors, 66,000 Afghan soldiers and police, 1,144 allied soldiers (mostly from NATO countries), 47,245 Afghan civilians, 51,191 Taliban and other opposition fighters, 444 aid workers and 72 journalists.

The 66,000 Afghan soldiers and police who died didn’t fight for America. They had no reason to. They did, however, get suckered into believing a Potemkin Afghanistan as Elmer glued together by a jivey Uncle Sam, with its freedom, democracy, rights for women and prosperity, etc.

If they were fools, then the 2,448 American soldiers who died were even dumber, for they lost their lives in a faraway land for nothing more than the bottom line of war profiteers. Though many undoubtedly thought they were exacting revenge for 9/11, Afghanistan had nothing to do with that inside job.

In Walter Reed, how many are thinking, I lost my limbs, eyes, nose, dick and half of my brain for what?

No wonder military vet suicide rate is so high. They knew they’d been had, with many figuring out, even way before they were discharged, that they didn’t serve their beloved country but help to destroy its treasury, credibility and even soul.

After Pat Tillman realized what was going on, he got shot in the head by Uncle Sam. Not satisfied with shutting Tillman up for good, Sam milked his corpse for propaganda purposes. (Sam is expert at jerking cadavers and making them dance. JFK and Martin Luther King too.) American hero Pat Tillman was killed by the Taliban in battle, Sam claimed.

That’s the cynical and sinister fuck you’re dealing with, people, and Americans are no less dispensable than South Vietnamese or Afghans, etc.

To answer President Thieu’s questions. American statements are expedient lies, at best, and American commitments are made to be broken (and yes, even to Americans).

During the Vietnam War, Thieu constantly reminded us, “Don’t listen to what the Communist say. Look at what they do.”

To his grief and ours, Thieu discovered too late that Uncle Sam was as slick as the Commies when it came to mendacity and duplicity.

Sam can turn inside out, shed skin or flip flop with the best of them. After all, Joe Stalin was his best friend.

Linh Dinh’s latest book is Postcards from the End of America. He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Hans says:

    Not sure exactly when we lost control of our government but it’s at least 100 years ago. Give Shlomo some credit.

  2. RogerL says:

    I’m a disabled US veteran being screwed over by the VA. I joined before the internet, when it was very difficult to find the nuggets of truth in the piles of lies, so mostly I don’t blame myself for joining up.

    I hadn’t thought about it before, but if huge numbers of working class whites didn’t keep joining up, the US wouldn’t have a military.

    While a small number of writers mention the high suicide rates in the military and veterans, nobody is speaking for these badly abused Americans.

    Nobody is writing the story of the many who are seriously considering suicide, after having done their “patriotic” duty. Nobody is writing about the path from patriotic duty to the hell where the best option is killing your self.

    Why would a lot of kids, who believe in the work ethic, and working for the greater good of their society, end up deciding the only way forwards is destroying their own life?

    A lot of writing like this would derail the narrative of serving your country by joining the military.

    People need to hear the stories of the people who destroyed their lives thru helping make the billionaires wealthier, and then were discarded after they weren’t useful anymore.

    Everybody needs to hear about this. Everybody needs to have this pushed in their face.

    ~
    I can’t write about this because its so triggering that I become inarticulate if I get more detailed than what I wrote here.

    I’ve thought about killing myself, but if I do that, then the bastards win. Every day I survive is a spit in their face. Every time I speak up about the truths they suppress, its a slap in their face. Now I’m truly doing a patriotic service.

  3. Johann says:

    Linh , you hit this one out of the ballpark. Your take on the absolutely corrupt≥ Empire is a bullseye. No one can ever believe these lying bullshiters again but they will , if they pull out their perverted Yankee Doodle songs and flags the morons will March off to war.

    • Agree: Robert Bruce
  4. @RogerL

    RogerL hang in there and take comfort there are many who are like you—DC has lied to and manipulated and that old addage “the truth shall set you free”–personally –USA does not warrant having good forces –these good people serving afar have been deceived. Take care and pen whenever–I like reading good articles by good honest people–all the best to you and yours.

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  5. Wokechoke says:
    @RogerL

    You fought for Zionists. No judgement. A lot of young white men are rapidly waking up to that fact. It’s going to be a very interesting decade.

    • Replies: @DaveE
  6. “There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination”.

    This.

  7. Anon[390] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you for illuminating this harsh truth. Let the war crimes trials begin – the example of Hirotá is illuminating for our civilian officials

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kōki_Hirota

    Some of our journalists and publishers could also get the Julius Streicher award

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Streicher

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  8. The Pluto Return of the USA 2022-2024 – by Tanaaz
    https://foreverconscious.com/the-pluto-return-of-the-usa-2022-2024/

    …..The US will be having what is known as its Pluto Return from 2022-2024.

    [MORE]

    This means Pluto will be returning to the exact same position of the zodiac where it was on July 4, 1776.

    Pluto Returns take 247 odd years to occur, so for the United States, this is the first Pluto Return it is experiencing.

    Pluto is the planet associated with death and rebirth. It is the force that crumbles things to ashes in order to be rebuilt.

    No one walking this Earth will live to see a Pluto Return personally, as it takes longer than our lifespan to come about, but we are about to witness the US go through it, and we are already starting to see the signs.

    Pluto is going to bring a revolution of sorts. It seems that whatever intention was set for this country back on July 4, 1776, is going to be revisited. 

    Pluto is going to ask- What needs to change? What needs to be transformed? And what needs to be honored?

    Because Pluto Return is occurring in the sign of Capricorn, there will be a spotlight on government, big business, authority figures, and essentially anyone in a position of great power.

    A Pluto Return in Capricorn could manifest as the crumbling of the government or an established hierarchy, but it can also be the building of a new one. 

    It can lead to deep and lasting changes in the way that the country is run and governed, and the rules that citizens choose to abide by…..

    • Agree: Polemos
    • Thanks: Kali
  9. Tsigantes says:
    @RogerL

    Thank you for your comment and don’t you dare harm yourself. Your life is unique and precious and your testimony is vital. We hear about the suicides but, amazingly, (I work for a foreign NATO mil.) yours is the first American voice I have heard speak out. And I’m willing to bet that this applies to the majority reading this! Considering the size of the US military that IS astounding.

    If you could only bear it you have a work cut out for you publishing testimonies. Perhaps you can partner with a support group….this could be anonymous work (fly below the radar).

    Nobody is writing about the path from patriotic duty to the hell where the best option is killing your self.

    My prayers are with you RogerL

    • Agree: Emslander
    • Thanks: Irish Savant
    • Replies: @Excal
  10. Tsigantes says:

    Thank you Linh Dinh. So you were one of the famous refugees of Vietnam. I always wondered why victims of the US end up in the US but clearly it wasn’t a choice.

    There is a world of broken lives, total destruction and death stretching back 70 years at the hands of the Americans, yes, even inside the supposedly ‘privileged’ ‘allied’ NATO countries. There were some fates worse than being (safely) walled up inside Hoxja’s Albania in the ‘free’ countries of Western Europe. America’s “allies” may be occupied and silenced but truth, historical documents, memory and thoughts do not die. They bide their time.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @jimothy
  11. US troops should have never fought in Vietnam. No refugees from Vietnam should have ever been allowed into the US.

    • Agree: Mike Tre, Jack Armstrong
    • Replies: @Truth
    , @jimothy
  12. @RogerL

    RogerL:

    I loved reading your sincere comment, as well as Linh’s short essay. One notable veteran, appearing on Fox, predicted that the suicide rate will go up from 20 a day after Biden’s Afghan fiasco. I hope this isn’t so. Just keep saying to yourself, any vet who commits suicide means the war profiteers win.

    I only disagree with your statement that “the US wouldn’t have a military” if “working class whites didn’t keep joining up.” Before that happened, they would return to the Draft, even if they’d prefer not to. Only this time they’d be drafting women, too. Feminists would insist upon it.

    In a way I’d like to see the draft return. I would have never joined the Army in 1971 if not for my low draft number. Out of pure luck I wasn’t sent to ‘Nam. But the draft brought on full scale riots in the late ’60’s. They helped to end the war quicker than it would have, and brought about the much better paid all-volunteer Army.

    This time I think there would be massive resistance to a draft. Parents of draft age offspring would rebel against them being drafted for cannon fodder, to be sent anywhere in the globe, to fight useless unwinnable wars. Also, a draftee army composed of citizen-soldiers is a brake on imperialist military interventionism. At least that’s the theory, though, in the case of the psycho ruled USA, I don’t know if it’s true.

    • Agree: Emslander, michael888
    • Thanks: Joe Levantine, Sarah
    • Replies: @Tdstype2
    , @michael888
    , @SafeNow
  13. Back in the 80’s there were stories of captured Russian soldiers being brutally tortured by the Mujahedeen before they were killed. I wonder how many of our own soldiers received the same treatment from the Taliban that we don’t hear about.

  14. anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    We are taking it a bit personally, no?

    Vietnam was sorta different, but sorta the same.

    I visited Hanoi in 2010, and it seemed global enough. Plenty of ATM’s and counterfeit branded clothing. Fake Burberry plan was all the rage with the smart younger women on scooters.

    Afghanistan was like Nam in slow motion. Without any passion. No body cared very much about any of it. Time to get over it. You are too old and not insane enough to be triggered.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  15. Your first paragraph says it all.

    Promising freedom, democracy and prosperity, America brings widespread destruction and death, but it’s all good, for the war profiteers. Since each Uncle Sam misadventure is a bonanza for them, the more, the merrier. Bring it on!

    Thank you and best wishes, Mr. Dinh.

  16. Wild Bill says:

    Oh Linh. That is harsh. Very harsh, but not to worry because with the war at home there is not likely to be another invasion anywhere else. With smooth expertise the population has been divided into the vaxxed versus the unvaxxed and the only possible outcome is widespread violence and societal breakdown as planned. Rather like it has been in Afghanistan the last 20 years.

  17. Dr. Rock says:

    Well, no honest person can say that you are wrong about a single word of this.

    **USMC 1989-1996, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Deny Flight/Provide Promise**

    Smedley Butler was right then, and he’d be more right now.

    Sooner or later, we all need to wake the fuck, up!

    Thanks for writing this, it needs to be said, aloud, a lot, and with infinite vigor!

    • Agree: Peripatetic Itch
    • Replies: @profnasty
  18. xyzxy says:
    @RogerL

    You don’t write what your disability is, or how you are getting ‘screwed over’ by the VA. However, from your words allow me to guess.

    First, from my experience, the VA is a huge welfare money funnel to Vets. The idea that anyone is really getting ‘screwed over’ by them is difficult for me to believe. But again, without knowing your circumstances your words are as good as my general impression, and carry as much weight.

    I could feel some pity for you if your legs were blown off. Were your legs blown off?

    But from the way you write (“I don’t blame myself”, being ‘discarded’ upon discharge, being ‘triggered’ when you think of your experiences, thinking of killing yourself…), I’d guess you have a ‘mental disability’. PTSD or some such?

    While I will not offer sympathy, I will offer some good advice: a man faces up to his situation and takes responsibility for it. He does not want pity, nor does he desire to ‘publicize’ his womanly emotions, and does not seek to capitalize on his life failings. I know that is probably what you don’t want to hear, but I’m not going to sugar coat it.

    What we see with our military is simply another facet of the feminization of our entire culture. Men, who should be soldiers, wind up emotional wrecks, whining like women.

    • Agree: Jack Armstrong
    • Disagree: Emslander
    • Troll: Polistra
    • Replies: @Freedom Awaits
    , @Splorf
    , @MGB
  19. JackOH says:
    @RogerL

    Stay strong, buddy, and try to turn that despair into something positive. Many of us here have found out we’re just fodder: cannon fodder, plutocrats’ fodder, social engineers’ fodder. We’d thought our values were somehow aligned with a common culture of reciprocity of rights and duties. We were very wrong.

  20. anon[214] • Disclaimer says:

    Dear Linh, I wrote a long comment but it was deleted before posting…Anyway I just want to say Thank You for what you are doing!!!! Brilliant piece!!! Tom (from france)

    • Replies: @Zarathustra
  21. Thanks for the article.
    I propose a complimentary, not contrary, context to some of your article.
    My late cousin was a Vietnam vet. According to him, the approximate 500K was divided into 3, more or less equal groups: in combat/logistics/medical corps on duty; going on/returning from R&R in places mostly outside Vietnam (getting their dick sucked until their head caved in); and the incoming/going home.
    His was convinced that the US never wanted to “win” the war, as in his view, with an actual 500k on the ground, they could have turned North Vietnam into a parking lot.
    His scorn was for the corrupt Vietnamese elite, which may or may not have included Thieu, because as in most countries, the majority of the “little people” don’t care about the government, knowing the only difference is who is screwing you. Often, said he “we” were fighting for the wrong side.
    As for “support our troops”, I have always said that I support the troops, not the government’s mission. After all, who wants to see a dead or maimed relative, friend, etc. which may be the unconscious intent of many.
    Keep up the good work.

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  22. The US utterly destroyed Vietnam. But the Communists are to blame anyhow.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  23. Jim H says:

    ‘Sam is expert at jerking cadavers and making them dance. JFK and Martin Luther King too.

    ‘That’s the cynical and sinister fuck you’re dealing with, people, and Americans are no less dispensable than South Vietnamese or Afghans, etc.’ — Linh Dinh

    Immortal words, from a man who personally witnessed an imperial clusterfuck in real time.

    And yes, dispensable Americans (‘deplorables,’ in Democrat-speak) are being sold out wholesale.

    Free money for Goldman Sachs and BlackRock to buy up the housing stock; bumped-up food stamp benefits for the roiling masses.

    Other than that, Ms Lincoln, how was the play?

    • Replies: @nosquat loquat
    , @sulu
    , @Rdm
  24. Quizzler says:
    @RogerL

    You should hang in there and keep posting..if no where else…here. I am 66 years old and the older I get and figure out more and more lies I actually become somewhat depressed myself at times. But like you I am not gonna give up and “check out” before I absolutely have to do so. I have thought also as I get older that I should be allowed to sue the feds for my so called education. I really wasn’t and am not educated. Thank goodness I can read and I try like hell to think critically, I despise mainstream media/government and following all they say “because we know what is best”. They have not proven that to me, respect is earned and they haven’t earned that respect. KEEP posting on here, it will be heard just like this article by Linh Dinh which is a homerun IMO. Keep on Chooglin’ we need ALL on this site.

    • Replies: @Robert Bruce
  25. His was convinced that the US never wanted to “win” the war, as in his view, with an actual 500k on the ground, they could have turned North Vietnam into a parking lot.

    Your cousin was right. Nam was the first Forever War™ with “victory” measured only by how long it can be prolonged. Real war looks nothing like “nation-building.”

    • Agree: Thomasina, Sarah
  26. “America Lies, Breaks Promises then Runs.”

    Right! ‘Except in Europe and Japan, where it takes as act of God to make us go, as Trump among others have expressed..

    • Agree: Quizzler
  27. @RogerL

    Just as I was getting out of high school in 1967, a friend of mine, Greg, wrote me that I should do like he did and go to Vietnam.

    I didn’t need the internet to know that was a stupid and dangerous idea. Soon enough, Greg was no more. I have never regretted my decision, especially as I saw the fear and hopelessness in returning Viet vet’s eyes.

    Pointless. A total waste. All of America’s wars after WWII>

    For about 15 years from the mid-1980s to the end of the 90s, I had a friend who lived up the coast who was a Korean war vet. He had to come down to San Francisco to go to the VA to get treatment and he was constantly being fucked around by them. America doesn’t take care of its veterans. America doesn’t take care of its young men.

    55 years later, I’m still here. But Greg and so many others are not. Anyone proud of fighting in Vietnam should have their soul examined. It’s a dead zone within them.

  28. anon[237] • Disclaimer says:

    This is very bad form, Andrew [Anglin]

    Did you expect better from a writer whose paragraphs average four words?

  29. Thomasina says:
    @American Citizen

    Yes, that’s what it’s going to take.

    I’m surprised some seniors, those diagnosed with a terminal illness, aren’t taking out some of these mother-effers. If you’re in the know about what’s been going on and you’re already on your way to the Pearly Gates, why not go out with a bang?

    I’m not advocating this; just saying I’m surprised it isn’t happening.

  30. The point about assassinations was brilliant, really.

    It does mark a paradigm shift in the society, doesn’t it? When someone whacks a politico, and I mean someone, not an FBI/CIA op.

  31. @Curmudgeon

    Well, unlike your late cousin, you know nothing of the human dispositions of the US forces there. I think at the height of the war, there were 543,000 troops there. The height was 1968, the years before and after 68′ were the buildup and the drawdown. The tooth-to-tail ratio was one to ten, or ten to one, if you wish. For every combat arms serviceman (a few women were there, mostly military nurses) ten would be support personnel. The aforementioned cohort is usually the source of most of all the bullshit comments about the war. A combat arms person is one that is exposed to enemy fire frequently, not in the rear with the gear. When the French Indochina war was ongoing, the tooth-to-tail ratio was five to one. One can argue that with the sophistication of American equipment, more people were needed to service same. Additionally, one must subtract a variety of people for various reasons. R&R, wounds healed in-country, wounds healed in the Orient, wounds healed stateside, KIA, friendly fire KIA (friendly fire isn’t), sickness: malaria, snake bites, evening snack for tigers, etc. The pipeline for replacements could not feed enough meat into the grinder in a timely fashion. Ergo, a grunt unit would be running at 70% horsepower at best. If your units are engaged in a horrific battle, it’s Slaughter House Five baby, and the horsepower % drops immeasurably. As the author of that great book said “So it goes.” Fasteddiez, 1/4, 2/4, 4th Marine Regiment 66-67, not a scratch, no malaria, no snakebites, two big toe infections ??? No, twas’ not trench foot. In my next tirade I will outline the Viet Cong and NVA side of the coin.

    • Agree: Daniel H, St-Germain
    • Replies: @Daniel H
    , @Curmudgeon
  32. @anon

    Horror is horror, and it was real enough to the Afghans.

    It’s lingering affects on America will be felt for a long time, even as Linh notes the masses are not yet conscious of it.

    Every day, though, they feel what was lost (the wasted wealth and national focus), and what was gained (opiate addiction, international ill-will.)

  33. Yet another great article from Linh.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks, Rdm
  34. Anonymous[100] • Disclaimer says:

    I wonder who was really behind the U.S. government’s policy in Vietnam? 🤔

    As national security adviser, [Walt] Rostow was responsible for developing the government’s policy in Vietnam, and was convinced that the war could be won, becoming [President] Johnson’s main war hawk and playing an important role in bringing Johnson’s presidency to an end.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whitman_Rostow

    I wonder what the ‘Early life’ section has to say? 🤔

    Rostow was born in Manhattan, New York City, to a Russian Jewish immigrant family. His parents, Lillian (Helman) and Victor Rostow,[4] were active socialists, and named Walt after the poet Walt Whitman. Rostow’s father, Victor Rostowsky, was born in the town of Orekhov near Odessa in 1886, and was involved in the Russian socialist movement as a teenager, publishing a left-wing newspaper calling for the overthrow of the Emperor Nicholas II in the basement of his parents’ house.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_Whitman_Rostow

  35. Thank you, Mr Linh Dihn.

  36. @obwandiyag

    They added on to the ruin, much like the Nazis brutalized the USSR, but the Soviets still managed to compound the horror.

    Modern China is a different beast, of course (a better one), and just because one is criticizing daemons, doesn’t mean one can’t be aware of the faults in others.

    • Replies: @HdC
  37. unwoke says:

    “To answer President Thieu’s questions. American statements are expedient lies, at best, and American commitments are made to be broken (and yes, even to Americans”

    true enough; but Thieu himself was no saint either even though he was a Catholic, or maybe his ‘faith’ was an “expedient lie”, too. In any case, despite his pleas in vain for America to stay on in Vietnam when he was ‘president’ of South Vietnam (after rigging the last election in that banana republic), it would not likely have improved the situation there. And when ‘President’ Thieu fled the country a couple of years later, where did he go? After a brief stopover in London, he settled permanently in Massachusetts, of all places. So, say what you will about American honor & values & commitment,etc. – most of it true – but they all still want to come here when they lose their own homes. And you can be sure there will be plenty of Afghans arriving on our doorstep now, too. They won’t all be faggots like Anglin (you’re right about him, too), but they’d rather come here than most other places. Although for how much longer, who knows? They may arrive just in time for a new civil war in America itself, as the CRT Taliban try to take over this godless country.

  38. @Anonymous

    This place really does need an “Every.Single.Time” button along with the Agree, Thanks, and LOL.

    The rare times when Every.Single.Time is wrong, there’s usually a Eurotrash Ziokike in the woodpile.

  39. SafeNow says:

    The essay and comments note a horrendous toll of lives and limbs lost, and families devastated. There exists one more group, if I may add it as a footnote. Countless lives and limbs were saved by military dogs that died while detecting explosives or “clearing” buildings. Troll me if you must, I will understand, but I thought this merits recognition.

    • Disagree: GazaPlanet, Prester John
    • Thanks: Polistra, Charon
    • Replies: @Linh Dinh
    , @Prester John
  40. Unit472 says:

    Biden is now saying US troops will stay until we have gotten all our citizens out. That most of the çitizens seem to be naturalized Afghans who went back to Afghanistan I am not so sure we need to risk the lives of thousands of US soldiers to get them out since those soldiers can be turned into hostages whenever the Taliban decide to stop all flights in and out of their airport. You’d think Biden would not want a Dien Bien Phu on top of his Saigon moment but the man maybe insane now

    BTW I wonder how many ‘ínterpreters’ for the German and Japanese armies in WW2 paid a very stiff price for their ‘service’ for an occupying army?

    • Agree: True Aim
  41. aandrews says:

    If that had been on paper, I’d be trying to put out a fire right now.

  42. aandrews says:

    My prediction is, things are going to get much worse very soon. China is going to blitzkrieg Taiwan. They’ll never have a better opportunity. The bluff will be called. And the “full faith and credit” of the USD will flash evaporate.

  43. Biff says:

    Thanks Linh.
    In April of 1975 I was Just turning 12 years old living in middle America completely unaware of the upheaval the U.S. was bestowing upon helpless families and children halfway around the world(just like now).

    Totally unaware of the massive profit incentives tptb were reaping fueling a war machine in the name of freedom and democracy(just like now).

    Unaware of intentional deceptions to keep the public from ever learning the truth(just like now).

  44. Daniel H says:
    @fasteddiez

    The most reliable sources assert, as you do, that the combat to logistics ration was about 10 to 1. When you think about that, considering that 58,000 were killed and several hundred thousand wounded, the fate of the fighting infantryman in Vietnam was quite perilous, much more so than it was in World War Two. If one had the misfortune to being allotted to a unit that was continually in combat, well I can understand the apprehension.

    • Replies: @Skyler the Weird
  45. Do you believe that America left 300+ troops in North Vietnam to rot after the war ended?

    • Replies: @Tony massey
    , @Billy Corr
  46. Richard B says:
    @Irish Savant

    1913.

    Yep. Pretty much. But even before.

    Then came the one-two punch of WWI & WWII. Oh, and the Patton assassination. Then, 50 years after the FED they blew JFK’s head off in front of a bunch of smiling, unsuspecting school children and their parents. And that, as they say, was that.

    The USA was, for all intents and purposes, finished.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  47. @Hapalong Cassidy

    There’s a great movie about the Russians in Afghanistan (in English) “The Beast”.

    • Replies: @Irish Savant
  48. Panadechi says:

    The power of blood (race), culture, customs, territory, beliefs, nationalism. & World of the clown, honk, honk..

    • LOL: sulu
    • Replies: @HeebHunter
  49. After Pat Tillman realized what was going on, he got shot in the head by Uncle Sam.

    For those unfamiliar with this reference, watch this short video:

  50. I never can figure out what is bugging Linh. All wars have profiteers Vietnam and afghanistan are no different. Maybe we should helped vietnam more same to afghanistan. But I’ll be reading one of Linh’s travelogues about vietnam and what wonderful place it is. The commies have such way with people ,places and things. Maybe he should stayed there… Vietnam Vet

    • Agree: Jack Armstrong
  51. With the creation of SPACE FORCE, fighting the ZOG will take on a new meaning. As a Zionist Occupied Galaxy will allow humans/AI (24 gender types) to explore the local galactic universe, spreading GalacticHomo to every corner of the universe.

    • LOL: InnerCynic
  52. TKK says:

    Defense stocks during the Afghanistan War:

    Lockheed Martin: 1,236% return

    Northrop Grumman: 1,196% return

    Boeing: 975% return

    General Dynamics: 625% return

    Raytheon: 331% return. T

    he military-industrial complex got exactly what it wanted out of this” war.”

    — Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) August 17, 2021

  53. Linh Dinh says: • Website
    @SafeNow

    Hi SafeNow,

    At Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, there’s a memorial to Japanese military dogs killed in action, and even a memorial for KIA carrier pigeons.

    Linh

    • Thanks: gar manarnar
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  54. TKK says:
    @American Citizen

    Agree ferociously and I would add their cosseted, repellent children, adult or otherwise.

    Think about Chelsea Clinton, scolding and lecturing from Twitter when she has never worked a day in her life and lives in a 13\$ million penthouse.

    The cross eyed chubby kid of the Bushes has a prime time morning spot on TV and pulls in millions for her glib obvious “journalism.”

    Hunter Biden, smoking crack and having the Secret Service run interference when he rips off hookers and the WH brokering selling his crap art.

    The scowling unattractive unimpressive ghetto Obama children, who literally have been treated like sacred objects.

    • Agree: Irish Savant, sulu, Dr. X
  55. This reminds me of the Jewish concept of Democracy — a passport to anarchy.

  56. @American Citizen

    We need a white Talibàn!!!!

    • Thanks: St-Germain
    • Replies: @JackOH
  57. Cato says:
    @Anonymous

    Rostow is an easy target — the left has been demonizing him since the 1960s. But he was not the caricature painted by the left. He was simply a guy who wanted to win the war, and who applied the methods he had helped develop during World War II of combining economics with aerial reconnaissance to hit targets that would do the most damage to the enemy. If you start wars, you should try to win them, and if you are trying to win wars you need people like Walt Rostow.

    • Replies: @anonymous2021
  58. mephisto says:

    Linh Dinh, you’re a genius and a Cassandra, because the Taiwanese, the Japanese, and the South Korean still don’t believe you.
    Damn, the Japs are toast. Can you imagine the destruction Japan will face when the payback from Chinese comes? Maybe even total ethnic cleansing. Enjoy the sushi while you can. In a hundred years, no one will know what sushi is.

  59. mijj says:

    “We Support Our Tropes”

    • Replies: @frankie p
  60. Tdstype2 says:
    @follyofwar

    Yes, i agree, to change American war machine, we need the draft.

  61. anonymous[336] • Disclaimer says:

    Andrew Anglin, “Look at them running! Run, faggots, run!”

    This is funny because Anglin himself comes off as a pompous faggot. An inconsequential loser who has deluded himself of his superiority to other people.

    • Agree: TKK
  62. Excal says:
    @Tsigantes

    The burnt-out, mad, suicidal American ex-soldier has been a very familiar story since Vietnam. This character spawned a mini-genre of cinema, and has been seen often in music — Steely Dan wrote a song about it (“Third World Man”), among many others.

    It’s not just fiction. Many, perhaps most, Americans personally know soldiers who returned forever changed, and often ruined, from these adventures. Those opposed to some engagement would often cynically trot them out; this really got going with Vietnam, as the art of television matured.

    Our modern basket-case soldiers often have horrible family wreckage to contend with as well, since women are sent into combat, and frequently they grew up in broken families themselves. I am amazed that there are not even more suicides.

  63. Miro23 says:

    They did, however, get suckered into believing a Potemkin Afghanistan as Elmer glued together by a jivey Uncle Sam, with its freedom, democracy, rights for women and prosperity, etc.

    They didn’t believe in that for a moment. They were in it for the money and had no intention of doing any serious fighting. Same as the South Vietnamese, Read Colonel David Hackworth’s book “About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior” for an insider account of the corrupt rottenness of the ARVN.

    • Agree: Lee
  64. Larry says:

    Many of the people that are whining in the comments are the same people that tried to fuck my life over in the 90s when I denounced the very same things.

    There is no mystery to this particular clusterfuck.

    • Agree: Robert Bruce
  65. Malcom X says:

    “Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew. If they’re faggots, sluts and sinners, then Uncle Sam was their pimp, john, rapist and bugger, which is accurate enough, but how can you blame foreigners for believing in Slick Sam’s sexy come-on, his glammy image and thumping pitch, when even Americans don’t know better?”

    Does the fact that the US sold them a bill of goods excuse them from being labeled the degenerate sell-outs that they are? I, for one, can blame foreigners because despite all of the evidence to the contrary, they still decide to believe in the US’ bullshit con-game. Just because they got suckered by the US, doesn’t mean they deserve any sympathy or a more “respectful” characterization than what Anglin gave. Immigrant carpetbaggers like this author are quick to moralize while doing little to nothing to improve the society in their own countries of origin. They come to the US, identify with whiteness, and start to pile-on in castigating the Blacks who are in the US and are the first victims of this imperial hustle that the USA has perfected. If solidarity were shown with Blacks in America, I would have more sympathy for the writer’s position. But to all of the new victims of Americanism, as a Black American descended from slaves, I simply say, “Welcome to the party, pal!”

    • Replies: @Trinity
    , @Jeff
  66. frankie p says:
    @aandrews

    Calm down, youngster.

    “They’ll never have a better opportunity.”

    What garbage! They will, in fact, have a much better opportunity, one that involves reuniting Taiwan and China WITHOUT a blitzkrieg, without any belligerent action at all. The Chinese do not want to attack their countrymen in Taiwan; they don’t want to destroy the island and its wealth, an action that would make them a large number of Taiwanese enemies for life. No, China will benefit from time. The Taiwanese people will realize in a number of years that the ONLY future for them is one in which they negotiate an agreement with China about reuniting. America’s trajectory will continue on its present course, that of a weakening unipolar superpower and corrupt Empire, and China’s trajectory will likewise continue on its present course, that of a growing superpower destined to be the hegemon (but not ruler) of East Asia. Which would you hitch your wagon to?

    • Replies: @aandrews
  67. Lee says:
    @Anonymous

    Anon said:

    I wonder who was really behind the U.S. government’s policy in Vietnam?

    China

  68. Ross23 says:
    @RogerL

    “ I hadn’t thought about it before, but if huge numbers of working class whites didn’t keep joining up, the US wouldn’t have a military.”

    That’s what Hollywood is for, it’s all connected and part of the same machine.

    What young man doesn’t want to be seen as an action hero? People especially girls to look up to him as a hard arse.

    They don’t make those movies like American Sniper for nothing, the military lend a hand in their production too.

    Computer games are also getting into the act now too call of duty etc.. all have their subtle propaganda value that feeds into the young minds.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  69. ANON[396] • Disclaimer says:

    canadas p.m. is juicy turd-o – start packing your bags juicy the election is coming up fast and the taliban is very friendly to soy boys – maggots will look after you do not worry mr. black face – i know whats been bothering you forever because people made fun of my lisp from day one – say hay to your favorite yids freeland and butts

  70. ‘America lies’.

    Surely LInh, you mean that the United States Of America lies because the last time I heard the power elites of fellow American countries like Mexico or Costa Rica or Venezuela etc don’t get too much involved with empire building and using using lies as a cover for their evil.

    Something about United States imperialism and I guess all the very many homeless shitting on the streets of that American country is the only way for the mirror that is life to teach a bit of humility.

  71. GMC says:

    There were alot of us in Nam who never hated the Vietnamese and we had Uncle Sams number down pat , but we had 2 years to do and then we get out and go our own way. I was in an Engineer outfit in the Delta that worked on bridges, roads, dikes, airstrips, chopper pads, como shacks, barracks, etc. etc. etc. And we were farmed out to the Infantry, 2 man advisors along with ARVNs and Cambodians and worked all over the Southern rice paddies. The Mekong Delta people were totally a different breed – farmers, tool makes, and life was rural/ bush V N. , except for an occaisional asshole from the Air Cav or a John Kerry Rambo incident. I got shot at , mortar attacked, dodged a couple booby traps and all the things that should have happened when you are in a war zone, but as in all foreign occupations – there are many many stories some bad some OK. But not all of us hated the Vietnamese as much as we came to hate the USG and their Military BS wars. It was 51 years ago .

    • Thanks: Kratoklastes
  72. Franz says:

    Good fellow, Linh. It needed to be said.

    As one old veteran to the several others who have already posted, yeah it really stinks to find out what you signed on for AFTER you’re in. Exactly 52 years ago last month I was in boot camp and that odd feeling of being dead tired and jumpy at the same time is hard to describe.

    STILL — America, like Rome, will use foreign troops as it reaches its terminal imperial phase. No draft will be imposed because most of America’s young is not in shape. They will use foreign “refugees” who are already in shape. They will offer them insanely good benefits upon completion of their tour, whatever it is and however long it is. Because of world overpopulation they’ll never run out of cannon fodder.

    The good news is they’re really tired of the “Homeland” and resent protecting it. As the regime is increasingly estranged from the people, they will somehow find a way to scrap most of us. With the current pandemic, alleged, they found part of their solution.

    • Agree: GMC, Rdm
  73. Best to live and ‘always” let live in this dream world of never ending Samsara where in the all seeing eye of a Nepalese Buddhist stupa, absolutely nothing ever goes un seen to avoid negative karma/ pay back in future re birth into the dream.

    One should just smile at them and their evil ways, as they are but a child with things to learn about life.

  74. @Hapalong Cassidy

    And notorious Chechen butchers ended up ‘fighting’ with the Ukronazis in eastern Ukraine. It’s an international alliance of fascists overseen by the USA. Has been at least since mid WW2 when the US allied with the Saud primitives and the Nazis.

  75. @Anonymous

    To be an adherent of a cult that sees all others but one’s tribe as insects, is an advantage when planning genocide.

  76. @RogerL

    Don’t check out now. One day Lady Luck will be standing there with a thousand dollar bill in her hand. Nothing can erase your past, but with her help, you can build a new future. One day you will look back and see that what is a raw wound now will be scar tissue. Every scar you bear is a mark of a battle if not won, then at least, survived. Wear them like medals.

    • Agree: Emslander
  77. @RogerL

    Better late than never, buddy.

  78. @RogerL

    Sorry, I meant to agree. It’s my screwed up phone.

  79. Anon[769] • Disclaimer says:
    @RogerL

    Even if you live in country far away from my own one, people like you are brothers for me. You are not alone. Never give up because this means they win. They have taken to much from us and it is time for payback. We all should evaluate the situation and learn something from Afghanistan. Commitment, faith and trust into our ability to overcome every obstacle are the skills we need to defeat the beast. One day somewhere in the future, all the traitors will be trapped in aiports. Lining up and waiting to be airlifted to their hideout. Look at the pics from Kabul and see the fear in the eyes of the ones who worked together with them. All the traitors will discover rather sooner than later the same life lesson, nobody likes them not even the puppet masters. Their might be darkness around us but in our heart is light and we will defeat them. And than will be peace and we will celebrate our people again.

  80. chris says:

    Even after so many self-defeating wars that bankrupt their nation while murdering millions of innocents, they continue to enlist.

    Yes, but those who enlist will be doing it more and more in order to receive free gender reassignment surgery.

    Great article, Linh and thanks for the comparison to your own experiences in Vietnam. I’m sure there’ll be more from that perspective as this disturbing tableau continues to unfold.

  81. Linh Dinh wrote, “There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination.”

    Oh my goodness. That’s the sort of quote that sets the blood to boiling.

    I fear that Mr. Dinh is correct. And if he’s right then ‘murica will soon be as noble and dignified as a Venezuela or Somalia.

    I don’t want to live in this place anymore.

  82. One-off says:
    @aandrews

    The United States government will pay a steep price for this psychotic episode and crime against humanity. Yes, loss of reserve currency status is on the horizon and while the paper eagle is exposed for the world to ridicule, it will be set ablaze when China absorbs Taiwan and the United States does nothing because the Ruling Class might have actual skin in the game due to nuclear war. Not their style, darling. Which brings me back to Linh’s brilliant piece.

    The paper eagle abandoned its mandarins to the tender mercies of the Taliban. Those who were there to carry the Citizens of the World Burden of bringing transgenderism, feminism and general depravity to the savages were left behind. So Uncle Schlomo tipped its hand that even its most coddled whores and lackeys, who sneer at his footsoldiers, also are expendable like so much garbage, which so many actually are.

    Working Class Whites, Linh, are no longer opting to serve the Evil Empire 2. They have been slow to respond due to patriotism, but repeated exposure to such rot as the cookie pushers stranded in Kabul now face finally did the trick.

    It’s always a temptation to make sweeping predictions after such a humiliating debacle, but a safe one to make now is the paper eagle is crashing and burning rather soon, and the Talmudic masters are looting and bugging out as quickly as they can.

    One more prediction: invest in New Zealand bolt holes.

    • Agree: Rdm
  83. ‘…Through April of this year, this is the death toll of America’s fiasco in Afghanistan: 2,448 American soldiers, 3,846 American military contractors, 66,000 Afghan soldiers and police, 1,144 allied soldiers (mostly from NATO countries), 47,245 Afghan civilians, 51,191 Taliban and other opposition fighters, 444 aid workers and 72 journalists…’

    Spread over twenty years, it’s perfectly possible that for Afghanistan, this is a bit below average. Certainly it’d be an order of magnitude less than the toll during the Russian years.

  84. The Taliban isn’t letting any more Afghans exit Afghanistan.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-asia-58219963

    The monsters!

    …or would that be the fruit of a little discreet constructive engagement on our part? After all, a million Afghans suddenly entering the US might sour us on this wonderful new open border policy of ours.

  85. @aandrews

    ‘My prediction is, things are going to get much worse very soon. China is going to blitzkrieg Taiwan. They’ll never have a better opportunity. The bluff will be called. And the “full faith and credit” of the USD will flash evaporate.’

    I suspect China would prefer to absorb Taiwan relatively gradually and peacefully — ala Hong Kong. In fact, they may well have handled Hong Kong with an eye to the effect it would have on the attitude of Taiwan. No big massacres…it won’t be so bad…we’re all Chinese…

    So it’d be a matter of isolating Taiwan, of getting it to accept slowly increasing infringements on its sovereignty — and slowly digesting it. The stick will be there, but absent spectacular provocation on our part, it’ll never be used.

    • Replies: @mc23
  86. Dumbo says:

    America lied, people died.

    What else is new?

    Except the length of this useless war.

    20 pointless years!

    I wonder why anyone trusts the American government in the first place.

    Time to remove American troops from Japan, Korea, European countries, etc.

  87. Realist says:
    @Hans

    Not sure exactly when we lost control of our government but it’s at least 100 years ago. Give Shlomo some credit.

    It was a process, not an event. It took place over many decades…anyone can list milestones…there is no specific date.

  88. Goddard says:
    @American Citizen

    Times even now are still too good; for many Americans, the decline of our nation is still theoretical. We still live in a country in which Tim Tebow’s comeback with the Jags enthralled millions. Our team has not even begun a meaningful disengagement from our rotten society, let alone begun fighting it.

  89. @xyzxy

    Men, who should be soldiers, wind up emotional wrecks, whining like women.

    In a truly free society no one man or woman would be a ‘soldier’. When the people of every nation wake up to the fact that we hold the power then and only then can we begin the march to freedom.

    Take a moment to imagine the wealth we could all enjoy if there were no wars. Imagine what the world would look like if we utilized all the technology of death and destruction for improving our world.

    • Thanks: Emslander
  90. Realist says:
    @restless94110

    I didn’t need the internet to know that was a stupid and dangerous idea. Soon enough, Greg was no more. I have never regretted my decision, especially as I saw the fear and hopelessness in returning Viet vet’s eyes.

    Agreed. I never had an inclination to join the military…it held zero interest to me. Even as a teenager I could see the futility of war. Protecting your country, if under attack, is honorable…the U. S. has seldom been in that situation.

    • Agree: restless94110
  91. Goddard says:
    @aandrews

    If the Taiwanese have the will, they have a good chance on their own of imposing an exorbitantly high cost on any Chinese conquest of the island. A good war gamer on the Chinese side would discount American involvement and weigh the cost of invasion against the Taiwanese alone.

  92. Dumbo says:

    As for Vietnam…

    It’s possible that the whole “Cold War” thing and all the wars it engendered was a scam too.

    If not, think about it. Why did the “Allies” allied with Stalin, and divided Europe in two parts?

    If the enemy was “communism”, wouldn’t it make more sense to ally with the Nazis and destroy Communism in Russia, and everywhere?

    But no, they allied with Stalin, then divided the world in two parts, some “under U.S./ capitalist sphere”, some “under Soviet / Communism rule”. And the epitome of that was Germany, divided in two halves, which later was also applied to other countries (Korea, Vietnam).

    But the rulers of both the USSR and USA were basically the same people.

    Even in Latin America, they were all divided, some under “communism”, some “capitalist” but with “guerrillas” fighting… Were Sendero Luminoso and FARC really spontaneous creations, or something like Operation Gladio in Europe?

    We know Baader Meinhof, Brigate Rosse and others were really created by spook agencies.

    Now the “divide and conquer” is between Islamists and anti-islamists. Weirdly, the same people who are supposedly “against Islamist terror”, also push Islamic refugees everywhere, then generate terrorist attacks. ISIS and perhaps even the Taliban may be an equivalent of Gladio. ISIS, for sure.

    I think I saw this film before. And it wasn’t a good one.

  93. Anonymous[661] • Disclaimer says:

    Linh Dinh, you rapid-fire word bullets with more precision than a professional sniper!

    Thank you for saying what needs to be said, and thanks to Unz Review for providing what well may be the last bastion of publishing freedom on planet earth.

    • Agree: Emslander
  94. Realist says:
    @Anonymous

    I wonder who was really behind the U.S. government’s policy in Vietnam?

    The Deep State (wealthy and powerful) as always.

  95. gatopreto says:

    “Through April of this year, this is the death toll of America’s fiasco in Afghanistan: 2,448 American soldiers, 3,846 American contractors, ….”. Wow! Do I love statistics! I wonder if the geniuses ever cared about the death tolls of slaughtered goats. My dear Linh, the above quoted paragraph does not fit well in your otherwise, as always fine chronicles.

  96. gotmituns says:

    As an old Marine, I always support our troops. But I’ve come to understand how things work. How our troops are always misused and many of our best people KIA. But when the shit hits the fan in our nation, it will be those same servicemen and women who will lead the fight against the jewish led establishment.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  97. @restless94110

    Both world wars were a waste as well, brought into WW1 in return for the British giving Palestine to the you know who’s and fighting the wrong enemy in WW2,

    Wiemar conditions folks, that’s what ye have in the US.

    And now with the JewFlu,

    Wakey wakey.

    • Thanks: Irish Savant
  98. @RogerL

    Thank you for your witness to the atrocious conduct of your so-called government, Roger, not really a govt by/for Americans but a talmudist-freemason attack dog on peoples around the world, of whom it has killed untold millions and caused incalulable damage and misery.

    Joining others here who wish you well and hoping that ordinary Americans at last will give those people what they truly deserve.

    It is now long overdue.
    —-

    Thank you also, Linh Dinh, for another fine piece and your witness to war.
    In agreement with what you say and with best wishes.

  99. G J T says:

    Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew

    Anglin is right, though. They are sluts and sinners. Generally speaking, people of Afghanistan who have morals and live a life of decency and modesty have nothing to fear from the Taliban. Hell, I’m a Christian and I’d way rather live under some variation of Sharia law than under this decadent, Satanic, dysgenic, Jewish regime.

    And FWIW, this by no means let’s similarly degenerate and brainwashed Americans off the hook. They deserve everything they’re going to get when this thing goes off the rails for good. I’m perfectly content calling out American sluts and sinners for exactly what they are. They’re as guilty as ZOG.

  100. Alfred says:

    There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination.

    I fail to understand why so many vets commit suicide without taking along someone who screwed them for the ride.

    It does not need to be the big shots. Just the reporters who present the fake news. Or the local IRS manager. Or the local ADL representative. A manager from the weapons manufacturers would do nicely. There are vast numbers of these people. There is no way that they can all be protected. A few of these and the rest of them will be shitting bricks. They are all cowards who stay out of these wars.

    • Replies: @GMC
    , @Sterling Archer
  101. Which country will be the next to throw off the US yoke?
    Syria?
    Iraq?
    Hungary?
    Texas?

    • Replies: @BlackFlag
  102. @Hans

    I think it is pretty obvious that the US is being destroyed from within by people who hate us. I also think they sense that their goal is within sight, all the more so because the mark has finally figured out what the problem is. They don’t like it when you notice.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  103. “There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination.”

    “If they were fools, then the 2,448 American soldiers who died were even dumber, for they lost their lives in a faraway land for nothing more than the bottom line of war profiteers.”

    “No wonder military vet suicide rate is so high.”

    Let’s see if I can connect the three separate quotes with a common thread.

    So, thousands of vets died for the war profiteers and as many continue to think about killing themselves but not one of them can identify and corral a single war monger to assassinate to save the country or his own soul. Now that’s truly tragical!

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  104. http://medium.com/study-of-history/the-bones-of-waterloo-a3beb35254a3

    Soldiers are used and abused. Alive they are wanted; dead they are useless; crippled they are unwanted.

    The Germans were very unsuccessful militarily – destroyed by Napoleon they only succeeded against second tier adversaries like Austria or Denmark – but were crushed against Britain and Russia and France.

    Only the Anglo-Americans have succeeded in military conquest and they are heading for bust

  105. A lot has been made about the U.S. cutting and running in Afghanistan, but it may be more sinister than that.

    It may be that what we are seeing is the Empire re-configuring itself for war with China. If a war breaks out in Asia, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan become a liability–being hard to defend.

    For the U.S. to define the war with China it needs to get rid of soft targets and try to move the battle to the air and sea where it thinks it has advantages, thus avoiding a “land war in Asia. ”

    Their view is probably something like: China is the big problem. Crack that nut and the rest will fall into place.

  106. Emslander says:
    @Dingo bay rum

    The commies have such way with people ,places and things. Maybe he should stayed there… Vietnam Vet

    I think his point is that YOU should never have been sent there.

    • Replies: @GMC
    , @Dingo bay rum
  107. Anon[225] • Disclaimer says:

    As always, love your work.

    • Agree: Thor Walhovd
  108. DaveE says:
    @Wokechoke

    You fought for Zionists.

    Exactly. People seem to forget that war is fought with logistics. The whole point of the Afghanistan “conflict” has precious little to do with “The Taliban” (who, after all were our FRIENDS when they were fighting big, bad Ruskies in the 1980’s) but rather to turn the entire country into an enormous supply base / logistics / command center for Shlomo’s primary goal – taking out Iran, next door. Or Pakistan. Or any / all who oppose Tikkun Olam in the Middle East.

    Thanks again, Linh for another heartfelt nugget. You’re a great writer and a great man.

  109. Its been a process to come to realize everything the US says and does is a lie. The MSM are gaslighting propagandists. There are no political parties. Everything Afghanistan and Taliban is more like Pakistan. Pakistan seems like a source for all things shenanigans, and we have an inexplicable relationship with them. For example they just got from American abandonment via the Taliban all our new fangled military equipment. That wasn’t an oops like they want you believe. It was intended. Americans are trapped in Afghanistan now. That just means they are being used as media bait for us rubes to demand airlifts that bring mainly Afghanis over. Something the Uniparty wants. Since everything neocon is about Israel, what does this general collapse do for them? Or have the bankers grown tired of Israel (they will). Explains the vaccine failure a bit in Israel. Everything is tied together , and the US of old is meant to be killed. We’re being reset. That part is easy to get.

    • Agree: Robert Bruce
    • Replies: @Robert Bruce
  110. frankie p says:
    @mijj

    Support our dupes!

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  111. During the antiwar years against the Bush and Obama Bin Bush wars a fellow used to
    picket with a sign in a Burlington Vermont…. FUCK THE TROOPS

  112. Trinity says:
    @Malcom X

    Your ancestors were enslaved by your own kind and sold by your own kind to the Jew, White and Arab. You act as if the White man personally went over to Africa and caught slaves in a butterfly net. Your kind in Africa still enslaves other Africans to this day. You better get down on your knees and thank God Almighty your ancestors wound up in America instead of in the hands of the Aye-Rab or god forbid you were left behind in the Motherland.

    • Replies: @G J T
    , @Malcolm X
  113. JackOH says:
    @Robert Bruce

    Robert Bruce, you’ve got a point. Would America be better off run by a revolutionary force channeling the spirit of 1776, crushing the gangster-hydra of our current smother government, corralling the economic corporations, restoring onetime American liberties, encouraging religious instruction with wiggle room for all faiths, reducing the pernicious influence of enterprising wordsmiths and ideology-peddlers in the academies and think tanks, shunning foreign military adventures, etc.?

    I don’t know—it’s a thought.

  114. Trinity says:
    @Dingo bay rum

    haha. Good point. America sets up many of these war refugees with all kinds of freebies when they arrive here. Schooling, housing, medical, meanwhile Americans are sleeping on the streets. The first word the Brown, Yellow or Black refugee learns is “racist.” These wartime refugees are nothing more than darker Jews for the most part, they offer nothing positive, they are a burden to the system, and they have no loyalty whatsoever to America. I met a Laotian refugee and good ole America brought him over here, put him up in a nice apartment, free college, etc. Hmm, wasn’t there a poor White American kid that deserved that? Maybe some poor kid in Appalachia?

    The plan it seems is to place these Afghans in places in the South like Georgia and Texas among other places. You can bet Florida will get some of them. But they might decide to put them in the Whitest of White states like Vermont, Maine, Nebraska, Wyoming. An Afghan “migrant” raped and murdered an 11 year old White Austrian girl recently and another Afghan “migrant” raped an 11 year old White German girl, was let out on bond ( can you believe that) and then went on to rape yet another White German girl, this one was all of 13. This is who is coming to America. Look at those planes filled with YOUNG FIGHTING AGE MEN, how many elderly Afghans or women do you see on those planes? The bulk of the fleeing COWARDS are men. Yes, there are excuses for women, children, and the elderly but these 18-40 year old Afghan men are merely cowards who want to come over here and do they same thing they are doing in Europe. Send their asses back where they came from. We don’t need rapists and cowards, and a rapist is a coward. Raping 11 year old girls? No wonder these clowns are too chickenshit to fight.

  115. Malla says:

    Excellent article Mr. Linh Dinh. The “American” elites are the biggest backstabbers around. Never trust the Murican elites especially if you are fighting Communists and Islamists , they will backstab you and leave you to be feasted by the barbarian hordes. Not only South Vietnam, Britain and all the European Empires, Shah of Iran, Japan etc… have all been backstabbed by the Satanic elites running America.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  116. G J T says:
    @Trinity

    Exactly right, my friend. I know of only one black man who tells it like it is in this regard – Jesse Lee Peterson. JLP also advocates harder for the white race than anyone in the USA outside of open and proud white nationalists.

    If you haven’t seen it, do a JewTube search for ‘Jesse Lee Peterson back to Africa.’ Unfortunately, no one took him up on the offer.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  117. polistra says: • Website
    @RogerL

    Yes! Survive above all. We can’t win, but we can frustrate their plans to destroy us.

    The VA was screwing vets in 1776, long before it was the VA. The new government promised Molly Pitcher a pension for her extreme bravery, then welshed on the promise. It’s been the same ever since.

  118. Maybe someone knowledgeable could compare the Vietnamese invasion/occupation of Cambodia and eventual pullout with the US invasion/occupation of Vietnam and their pullout. Just so we know who does these things better.

  119. HdC says:
    @Boomthorkell

    Methinks the Soviet Union did a superior job of brutalizing itself. It needed no (alleged) help from the Germans!

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  120. BorisMay says:

    Good to read a bit of sensible comment from Linh Dihn after the crass bullshit of Andrew Anglin and his absurd ramblings.

    I can imagine sitting in a C130 wanting some comfort food…but knowing you are not going to get it…at least not instant noodles (which were invented in Japan I believe.)

    Anglin seems to have lost his marbles and no longer has any real perspective on the rest of the world.

    For all his eccentricities Mr Dihn seems to grasp what is actually happening and is able to convey his good sightedness in a concise and informative way.

    More articles from Mr Dihn please Mr Unz, and less from Mr Anglin.

    • Agree: Thor Walhovd
  121. Anon[228] • Disclaimer says:

    This crime by the fourth branch of govt, the so-called intell branch, will not end until the money is no longer available to the criminals. This crime is aided and abetted by the press, the MIC war profiteers, and the uniparty eunuchs in congress.

    Who controls the money-the banksters. All wars are banksters’ wars. Who controls the banksters. Israel and the Israeli “Lobby.”

    It really is as simple as that.

    • Agree: DaveE
  122. Hardrock says: • Website
    @Hans

    “….at least 100 years ago.”

    Thinking along these lines myself this morning and wondering what a “pro/con – positive/negative” review of the American experiment would look like. I’m sure others can add to this short list I’ll provide here but the story of Smedley Butler is the first thing that comes to mind for me as a “negative”. Don’t get me wrong, I have ancestors that fought in the Rev War and Civil War and believe that we have the best option going as far as governance….we just haven’t done a good job of remembering Franklin’s admonition – you know “…..a Republic, if you can keep it”.

    That said, here’s a few negatives first:
    Smedley Butler
    Domino Theory
    Vietnam
    Saigon evacuation
    Pentagon Papers
    Bay of Pigs
    Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
    Over extension of response to 9/11
    Kabul evacuation
    CIA
    NSA
    Patriot act
    Standing army – Prohibited by Constitution….what happened to that?
    MIC and Pentagon budget

    Positives:
    Best government on earth….in concept
    Highest standard of living
    Longest life span….until recently
    Economic juggernaut
    Personal freedom….quickly eroding.
    Scientific advances
    Space program

    What else and does any of this really matter?

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  123. Sparkon says:

    Less than a week later, I would be fleeing from Tan Son Nhat, on a C-130. Sitting on the floor, I wished I had a packet of instant noodles to munch on, uncooked, like some other kids.

    It’s too bad Linh Dinh can’t muster even a tiny bit of gratitude for the Americans who got him out of Vietnam aboard that C-130 as the NVA approached Saigon in the spring of 1975.

    Well, I’m sure he can be grateful he wasn’t aboard the C-5A that had crashed a few weeks earlier while making an emergency landing at Ton Son Nhat on April 4, 1975 during Operation Babylift, killing 155, but with 176 survivors owing their lives to the actions of the flight crew, especially pilot Captain Dennis “Bud” Traynor, and copilot Captain Tilford Harpt, who survived the crash, and were awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary valor.

  124. GMC says:
    @Alfred

    I think Maybe these guys are not in that frame of mind at the time. They may be in tunnel vision, they may have a family , no self worth left, no job, and they most likely hate themselves for what they did or what they observed. Hard to say Alfred , I know I cried more than a few tears for what happened in Nam but grabbin a gun and going sideways – was not the answer. I had 2 friends go sideways and ……

  125. HalconHigh says: • Website

    “the first meaningful assassination ”

    Anyone in mind, Linh ?

    • Replies: @InnerCynic
  126. Wokechoke says:
    @A Half Naked Fakir

    War mongers are readily identifiable too. I suppose most of the guys who get maimed know what they are signing up for. They do get pensioned off if they get injured. Let’s face it though. VIETNAM and now this AFGHAN caper. How can anyone resist the temptation of joining up and being stabbed in the back by politicians?

  127. Wokechoke says:
    @Malla

    Because the British army has a limited pool of people to recruit its always been careful about getting Frenchmen, Prussians, Hessians, Irish, Scots, Russians etc killed instead of its own personnel. That’s one good thing I can say about the corporate culture of the Sandhurst and Camberwell set. They don’t like losing men if they can use foreigners as meat shields instead.

    • Replies: @MGB
    , @Malla
  128. @TKK

    The Trump children are just as awful. Ivanka is a repellent whore, Jr. is a coke fiend and Eric is just kind of dumb. Maybe there would be hope for Barron if his mother would raise him in Slovenia, but unlikely to happen.

    • Agree: TKK
    • Replies: @TKK
  129. GMC says:
    @Emslander

    I’ll agree with you on this one, Mr E and I think Linh is very much a Satirical kind of guy when he writes about today’s VietNam and other places. He knows exactly how V N is run today and he goes with the flow. I couldn’t blame the man for having a bad taste in his mouth, over what happened to his country of birth. All of us could see it too. Thanks.

  130. Trinity says:
    @G J T

    IF all the people who ALLEGEDLY hate this country would leave that would be a great start at REALLY Making America Great Again. Send all Jews to their beloved Israel, if they won’t fit, then send them to Siberia or Alaska. This is the biggest shit stirring group in America, even worse than the Black tools who they USE to do their dirty work. And (((THEY))) are the ones behind these Middle Eastern wars and bringing primitive and hostile Muslims into White and largely Christian nations of Europe and North America as well as Australia. Lest we forget good ole Babs Spectre “Europe must learn to be multicultural.” Babs would go on and claim that many would resent the Jews because the Jews would be at the center of orchestrating the darkening of Europe.

    Blacks whining, bitching and moaning, do these spoiled brats ever shut the hell up?? Any Black person under the age of 70 has had their ass kissed almost as much as the Jew. Two of the biggest whining parasites in The West who contribute absolutely nothing at all positive to the nations where they squat. Look at all the Black on White violence, look at all the racial strife and anti-White propaganda distributed by Jew Hollywood and the Jewish run and owned media outlets like NYT, WAPO, CNN, NBC, ABC, etc. Maybe send these people back with the cowardly young adult Afghan men where they can all bitch and fight until all that hate is gone. The Jew for once can actually do some of the fighting in the Middle East.

    • Agree: Jack Armstrong
    • Replies: @G J T
    , @Druid
  131. Wielgus says:
    @frankie p

    We thank them for their deluded service.

    • Replies: @gotmituns
  132. G J T says:
    @Trinity

    I think if we’d gotten ahead of this thing — maybe 30 years ago or so — we could solve the black problem without sending all or most of them back to their ancestral homelands. As it stands now, though, there is no salvaging the situation anymore. The Jews have lobotomized the blacks and turned them into army of anti-white terrorists. The damage the Jews have done is irreparable, and we will never have our countries back unless whites go fully on the offensive and the entire ZOG beast system dies forever.

    Of course we know that this will never happen unless a majority of the white population throughout America, Europe and the rest of the Anglosphere recognizes the Jew as our eternal enemy. There is simply no other way, and anyone who says otherwise, or tries to negotiate with the satanic kikes, is deluding themselves.

    • Agree: Trinity
  133. Trinity says:
    @RogerL

    And these working class and poor Whites are fighting for people who hate them and despise them. Wasn’t it alleged that Jewboy Henry Kissinger referred to the military as “dumb cattle” to be used up or something like that. We can all guess where this POS will spend eternity.

    Hang in there and keep sharing your experience with YOUR working class and poor White brothers and sisters. I do my best to encourage every single young White person I see not to join the military. This nation has shit on its veterans and White people for decades now. Someone posted a article the other day showing that 85% of the soldiers that have died in the Wars For Greater Israel have been White.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  134. @Da's Reich

    Well, my reading of Ron Unz and Paul Craig Roberts have helped me enormously to see World War 1 and II, respectively, in a vastly different light. New details have been revealed regarding banking,, jewish behavior,, negotiations between Hitler and England, Hitler and the rabbis, etc., Stalin’s build up along the border, the land that was taken from Germany after WWI and full of German people, and much more. Run Unz’ description of Jewish bankers’ involvement in WWI as well as the Bolshevik Revolution and the huge amount of Jews and their murderousness in that Revolution have also contributed to my knowledge and understanding.

    However, that was then and our species doesn’t really learn from history, with the saying being it doesn’t repeat itself but sometimes rhymes. It is said that new wars become more probable when the last person who remembers the previous wars passes on, and there is some credibility to the cycle theories of mankind–the 250-year Revolutionary cycle; the 80-year great Depression cycle; the 4th Turning of a just-coming-of-age Generation.

    I don’t think anyone not awake at some level right now, will wake up at all. You can see this very easily in the insane behavior most people exhibit constantly no matter what is right in front of their lying eyes.

    It’s a worldwide hysteria, where science and justice are eclipsed by religious fervor where the claim that “we are right (about climate, no such thing as race, privilege, etc. etc., etc.–so therefore we can do almost anything to: 1) win and enforce our “solutions”, and 2) shut you up (via screaming, assaulting, cancelling, or worse).

    The crazy banshees who feel and act this way are not going to suddenly awaken and say: “Aw, shucks, folks, I was wrong–about everything.” No, they won’t go quietly into that night.

    Instead of wakey wakey, it’s going be more like rocky and rolly.

    • Agree: Da's Reich
    • Replies: @Da's Reich
  135. @HdC

    It did, but the war did see 27 million Soviets dead, the majority Russians (both Malo, White, and Greater) and many millions of Germans too, along with entire industries ravaged and a knock-on famine effect from ruined harvests and lack-of-man-power. Even the worst inefficiencies of a poorly run, complete command economy could not manage that. Even if we ignore any deliberate or claimed genocides (I believe many were in fact true, otherwise partisan support in the East would not have picked up as much as it did. Compare to the relatively peaceful French front), there was enough death from the conflict alone (Leningrad being starved due to a several years long siege. Germans being starved due to the Morgenthau Plan. Japanese firebombings. Chinese being massacred by unruly Japanese soldiers in reprisal actions, etc.)

    It was a tragedy for all of Europe (as well as China and Japan), and no one should defend it or claim that the war was anything but disastrous for any country but America. While the UK of course escaped the worst of the actual violence, it saw its entire economy and empire ruined and subsumed into American/Cecil Rhodesian-style interests.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Thanks: profnasty
    • Replies: @HdC
  136. Thank you for calling out Andrew Anglin’s euphoric and hateful nonsense. Until yesterday I had admired his work, but yes that comment was a shocking revelation, and going forward I will hesitate before clicking on his stuff. The white heterosexual clowns who run the Empire have used fags like me as frosting for their death star, and will be safely removed from the inevitable and intentionally premeditated blowback. Disgusting meathead trash.

    But revelation is the name of the game these days, especially for the open-eyed among us “privileged inmates” inside the imperial center (as Greer might say). Where car culture takes the place of freedom, TV and “smart phones” tell people what to think, and the whole lot of us are drowning in a toxic stew of fascistic, degenerate hatred, violence, ignorance and filth.

    Almost like the gods want it this way. Almost smells like justice. Almost at the wall now.

  137. Considering the dispicable track record the US has built for violating solemn agreements, the Taliban leadership had best go nowhere near the Presidential Palace, or abandoned US Embassy building, which I suspect will both be leveled by US airpower once all US troops are out of the country.

    • Agree: Thim
  138. gotmituns says:
    @Wielgus

    Sir, young men have wanted to test themselves throughout history. I was one of those young men in my war, Vietnam. Now I know, it was all about money and had nothing to do with communism. But when a man is at that phase of his life they just test themselves. They don’t look deeply into things. They just act. The same goes for the Taliban young men and those Viet Cong young men all those years ago. Time doesn’t change young virile men.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
  139. Dumbo says:

    For me, the saddest image of this useless war was that marriage picture of the American soldier with his face completely disfigured by an IED and his pretty American bride who looked really sad.

    Two lives ruined forever.

    And ruined forever by a war for… What? Poppies? Oxycontin?

    Honestly, I still don’t know what was its actual purpose. It didn’t even seem to benefit Israel, one way or another.

    And it sure wasn’t about the capture of the fake “Bin Laden”, or terrorism, or about “spreading democracy” and “allowing Afghan girls to go to school”.

    The only more evil recent “war” was the destruction of Libya, but that one at least was short.

    • Replies: @Carroll Price
  140. aandrews says:
    @frankie p

    By blitzkrieg I mean, being rapidly and massively dispersed in the country before anything can be done to effectively counter it. Over 95% of the population of Taiwan is ethnic Han Chinese. I’d say a huge fraction is sympathetic to the mainland. There’ll be minimal destruction of infrastructure and no ridiculous “massacres”. There’ll be some great combat footage, though. Being firmly and inextricably in place quickly will be the objective. To nullify that situation the US will essentially have to stage an invasion. Do you think that would happen, fresh after this 20yr debacle? What’s your snappy come back to that, grandpa??

    • Replies: @frankie p
  141. Ktulu says:

    So… Next embassy airlift in Berlin?

  142. profnasty says:
    @Irish Savant

    Nah. It was when Emma Goldman’s boy assassinated William McKinley. That was the kill shot. The White race is now a remnant.

  143. Truth says:

    {Clap…clap….clap}

    Bravo Linh. Good job.

  144. Truth says:
    @Chris Mallory

    About a million white men would have died unmarried.

    • Replies: @Neil Templeton
  145. Truth says:
    @aandrews

    Actually, they will have a MUCH better opportunity, in a year-to-18-months, when half the US military is dying from the lethal injection.

    But then, you see they won’t stop at Taiwan, they will just continue their leisurely stroll to California.

    • Agree: CSFurious
    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
    , @Truth
  146. CSFurious says:

    This author nailed it. I just bought his book about the decline of America.

  147. The title is inaccurate. Should be: ”America lies, destroys, breaks promises, then declares victory and runs away”.

    • Agree: TKK
  148. @Truth

    Actually, they will have a MUCH better opportunity, in a year-to-18-months, when half the US military is dying from the lethal injection.

    In fact, they don’t even have to die. If you replace competent with diverse in the military, the effect would be even more devastating.

    • Replies: @Truth
  149. babu says:

    There is no such thing as breaking promises as far as collaborators are concerned. They knew what they were getting in to.

  150. Treg says:

    3 out of 14? …

    Having read the history of the War of Independence, I was amazed and all for the Republican Right.

    Having read the history of Spanish American War. I was appalled at the Right & Left and not for it.

    Having read the history of our Civil War, I was amazed and all for the Republican Right.
    Having read the history of World War 1, I was appalled at the Right & Left and not for it.
    Having read the history of World War 2, I was appalled at the Right & Left and not for it.
    Having read the history of the Korean War, I was appalled at the Right & Left and not for it.

    I was against the Vietnam War. And I was against the Right & Left.
    I was against the Gulf War 1. And I was against the Right & Left.
    I was against the Gulf War 2. And I was against the Right & Left.
    I was against the Iraq War. And I was against the Right & Left.
    I was against the Afghanistan War. And I was against the Right & Left.
    I was against the War in both Syria & Libya. I was against the Right & Left.

    The current war is the Deep State’s Globalist aided war against the Right. And like most everyone else today, I have no idea how to fight it, but I am convinced we should, yet it looks like its over and the Left has already won.

  151. TKK says:
    @Peter Akuleyev

    I forget about them because they are so….predictable and just boring. Ivanka sounds very odd when she speaks. She looks feminine but her voice is like a 50 year old chain smoker from Jersey.

    The adult sons- Big tough guys trophy hunting and killing wildlife for giggles and grins.

    They need a thrashing and worse.

    • Replies: @Truth
  152. profnasty says:
    @Dr. Rock

    If Butler had helped depose FDR, Germany would have won WWII. It would be a better world today.

    • Agree: Carroll Price
    • Replies: @Notsofast
  153. devin says:

    dear linh dinh,
    Uncle Sam waving his murdered cadavers around to promote truth and freedom is priceless; and yes, it is satanic, and has worked on invaded peoples everywhere, and on the Americans as well. But once we assume that Satan is at war, must we always believe throughout our lives that he is battling Satan as well, because Satan says so, on our black and white tv screens when we are children? It is a (covid) feverish dream in which Satan battles Satan, and the war profiteers battle the great Satan Stalin, who is best friends with the war profiteers anyway, and the powerful Jews who profit off our misery fight against the Jew Ho Chi Minh who worked for Karl Marx, the Jew who was in cahoots with the other Jews trying to murder him. If we are to believe in evil, then somehow or other it must ultimately be trying to destroy something we consider good. Honest to god, man, have you still not understood who the North Vietnamese were fighting?

  154. @Panadechi

    Amerimutts will deal with the sins of their fathers.

  155. Anonymous[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @Hans

    IT is NOT America Runs…THIS is the NEOCON plan all along ….Remember Nixon peace with honor…just before the Dems came up with the Watergate BS.to humilate Nixon (America)…There is a deep Cabal of ZIO/Neocons with no loyalty to America…they planned this hand out to China long before, Neocons nexus with Chinese companies\$\$\$..

  156. TKK says:

    What has to be understood is that whomever is calling the shots wanted this to happen in Afghanistan.

    Planned it. Is watching it unfold.

    Right now, as we read, the NSA is watching the Taliban dismantle US military tech and equipment and take it over the border into Pakistan.

    The US intelligence apparatus knows everything that happens in the world. As Reporter Lara Logan, who lived in Afghanistan said: NSA and US GeoSpatial Intelligence know when a sparrow farts.

    So, you have to ask: What is the reason for this chaos? Biden is just the fall guy. You can see the look of bewilderment and querulous annoyance a in his dementia raddled eyes.

    I have a sinking uneasy feeling that the entire wrath and focus of the US Monster Machine is going to be people who buck our new Woke Edicts. The January 6th indictments were a warm up.

    Remember: this was planned. WHY?

  157. Truth says:
    @Truth

    BTW, the United States Military, where the lethal injection is now mandatory, has lost twenty-four people to Covid.

    Not 24 this week. twenty-four since the “pandemic” began.

    • Replies: @frankie p
  158. Truth says:
    @TKK

    She looks feminine but her voice is like a 50 year old chain smoker from Jersey.

    That’s a tranny.

    • LOL: TKK
  159. Splorf says:
    @xyzxy

    Did your uncle at least give you the mars bar afterwards?

  160. @Emslander

    If I hadn’t been sent, he wouldn’t been here.

    • Replies: @Emslander
  161. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @Linh Dinh

    There is a memorial and cemetery for war dogs on Guam with an annual wreath-laying on Memorial Day.

    There is also a memorial to war dogs at Arlington National Cemetary.

  162. @anon

    Sometime if you do not wait for four minute count down (for edit) the comment does not make it through.

  163. MGB says:
    @xyzxy

    jeez, xy whatever, you sure are some festering pile of dog shit. what unit did you serve in, anyway? soldiers have been coming home fucked up since the Odyssey, brawling, drinking, and medicating themselves to death for centuries, and there’s a literature built on their pain and sacrifice, and if you bother looking an even sharper literature featuring the sniveling cunts like you that cheered on the mayhem and gore. some of your type get their comeuppance, a la Celine, but probably not as often in real life as would be just. one of my uncles came back from Korea and spent the rest of his short life mixing alcohol and crime in equal doses. didn’t complain though, that would have been unmanly.

    • Agree: Bill
  164. MGB says:
    @Wokechoke

    You have to give the UK elite credit in WWII. Most of the fighter pilots were from the cream de la cream, and during the early days their chances of survival weren’t much better than the kamikaze.

    • Replies: @Alfred
  165. @Jim H

    Bingo. Great comment.

    • Agree: Z-man
  166. s

    There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination.

    Linh your spot on. Talk won’t settle this.
    As a Vietnam combat vet I realized, only after returning, that the entire war was theatre for profit, and we bled for nothing.
    Years later, it’s the 1990’s I’m in my mid 50s. That’s when I watched as my childhood friend and schoolmate descend into madness. His name is Richie K. We’re from Buffalo NY. This Marine was awarded a silver star. Can I tell Richie K’s story? I feel I must. This is his story as he told it to me as we shared a morning bottle of whiskey. After boot camp at Ocean Side Rich was assigned to a rapid response unit on a USN helicopter assault ship and ordered to Vietnam. This unit was trained to insert rapidly in aid of US units under attack and at risk of being slaughtered. Here is the story of his first night in country. Now remember, Richie is green, with no combat experience. Near nightfall his unit was ordered to board the helicopters on a mission to rescue a Marine unit that was reported pinned down. He was flown inland to he knew not where, and dropped into the middle of hell. As soon as they approached the fire zone they were under heavy fire. After leaving the helo every man was on his own, and had to find cover. For him that cover was a roadside ditch. He told me: “I dove into a ditch and landed next to a US issued helmet. I turned it over and there was a fucking head.” He hunkered there until nightfall then tried to reconnect with his unit. He soon discovered he was alone. Surrounded by darkness he found shelter under trees and covered himself with banana leaves, and eventually he went to sleep. When he awoke he heard voices nearby. Cautiously he moved towards the sounds and discovered 6 VC eating breakfast, and an elephant tied nearby. He said: “I didn’t know what to do, I saw that their guns were stacked, so I took the opportunity and rose up and killed all 6 and the elephant”. He kind of smiled as he said the last part, but I knew he was hurting. For this act of survival he was awarded the Silver Star. Months later on his way out of country he was at Khe San lying on a cot inside a tent when rounds ripped through the canvas. It was the start of Tet offensive. I have yet to meet a soldier who had been through more than Richie K. He told me of the constant nightmares he suffered. Always the same one, where he’s discovered under the banana leaves.
    We tried AA, it didn’t work well for either of us. Neither of us knew about PTSD, the VA or the services they offered. I know I didn’t. Some months after that morning whiskey breakfast Ritchie vanished, so I began to look for him. Weeks later I found him at a sleazy trashy motel on Broadway. I remember that morning well, it was sunny but bitter cold. When I arrived there I didn’t know what to expect but I thought I had good intentions. After getting his room number from the desk and as I walked the gravel path to his room something happened inside of me, i was afraid. Before going in I stood for a few moments, then without thinking. I tried the door and it opened. I was stunned by what I saw. In the center of the bed sat Ritchie. He was naked, in his left his hand he gripped an half gallon vodka bottle. I looked around, and strewn across the floor, all I could see were empty vodka bottles, there were more than five. Our encounter was short and Ritchie was the first to speak. He looked up at me and said: “what? I’m all right”. I replied: “ok”, and I left. To this day I can’t explain my reaction, why I turned and walked, or why I didn’t help? Several years later Richie Krywalski took his own life. Alcoholism is a slow suicide. I feel guilty, and there’s times I wish that moment back. I ask myself questions. What would I have done differently, and would it have changed anything? I don’t know. But, and this is no excuse, at the time and to me, everything seemed so hopeless. Sort of like today.

    • Replies: @sulu
    , @Tony massey
  167. @HalconHigh

    To be honest there are so many it would be like an assembly line

    • Replies: @HalconHigh
  168. PJ London says:
    @Thomasina

    When you get past 70 “Life in prison” doesn’t seem to worry you any more.

    • LOL: Trinity
  169. jaye ryan says:

    Lindh,

    I think you’re being too negative and too anti regular (white) American. We tried our best in both the Korean war and the Vietnam war.

    It ended a stalemate but at least we tried and we were on the right side opposing the worst forms of Communism in both Asian places.

    I think 57, 000 Americans lost their lives fighting for the regular Vietnamese people not to be under communism, look at the horrors of Mao’s Cultural Revolution or the Khmer Rouge.

    How many Vietnames young men are volunteering to come to the USA and fight the Mexican cartels over running our Southern border – not many.

    In 1972 the war situation in Viet Nam was stable, Nixons opening to China and detente with the Soviet Union had broken the Communists main benefactors, there is no reason South Viet Nam couldn’t have continued and prospered in the same ways that American Asian clients South Korea and Taiwan prospered and still do.

    The Fault in the collapse of non Communist South Viet Nam was once again done by the terrible J*W tribe that monopolizes the US mass media. Woodward and Burnstein took a very trivial scandal the bugging of some minor J*W in the Defense Department Daniel Ellsberg at the Watergate hotel as

    THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY

    No it wasn’t .

    No one was raped, beaten or killed in the Watergate affair.

    So some low level J*W in the Defense Department was breaking the law, leaking confidential DD papers that said the Viet Nam War wasn’t going so well, and it looked to be a stalemate. Any intelligent person at the time knew that.

    Then some lower lever Nixon aides decided to harass this low level J*w in the Defense Department. Nixon didn’t order this, he was just crucified by the J*W media for

    COVERING UP THIS HORRIBLE CRIME

    More people died in the back seat of Ted Kennedy’s car than died in watergate.

    Roman Polanski drugged and anally raped a young teen age girl and Polanski was never punished.

    Imagine if Richard Nixon did that.

    Once against our nation, like all White nations was F#*\$&# over by yeah…

    The J*ws.

    As for you….

    Why not go back to Viet Nam? Viet Nam is booming. I hear they love Americans and should probably like you their returning son.

    The USA looks increasingly fu#*&\[email protected] now run by the worst Blacks, homosexuals, Antifa idiots and yeah, this J tribe that monopolizes our media, social media and pretty much everything else that matters.

    • LOL: Rdm
    • Replies: @DaveE
    , @Biff
  170. @Carlton Meyer

    Great movie? Comic book caricature of the Russians.

  171. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:
    @gotmituns

    As an old Marine, you may appreciate this. I post it as a final tribute to what was, although even all this happened now a very long time ago when everyone was very young.

  172. @fasteddiez

    I think you misunderstand my post. My cousin was home by 1968. I merely conveyed what he had observed, having no personal knowledge myself.
    As for supporting the troops, my comment stands. One dead soldier is one too many. The corksuckers that make the decisions to fight overseas wars are everyone’s problem. As your most highly decorated fellow marine said 85 years ago, war is a racket.

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  173. Having, stupidly,been a Marine in that wr, and later a correspondent covering it, having lived in the slums of Truong Minh Key among people I rather liked and having come out in the same incompetent evacuation a sLinh I can attest that he is exactly right. Especially about the Support Our Troops lous with thir ignorance.

    • Replies: @Druid
  174. BlackFlag says:
    @littlereddot

    How about the wealthy countries that tolerate bases — Germany, Korea, Japan? Are there growing movements to force them out?

  175. @Alfred

    All the cowardly equivocation on this particular topic reminds me of a quote from Yes, Minister:

    “Have you thought of doing the job yourself?”

    No, of course you haven’t. Keep up the tough talk, though. We can always use more of that.

    • Agree: Tony massey
    • LOL: Alfred
    • Replies: @Alfred
  176. @Quizzler

    White Talibàn is probably the only thing left soon.

    • Replies: @Truth
  177. Pat Buchanan was right from the very beginning. Ron Paul too.

    • Replies: @Robert Bruce
  178. @TKK

    ‘Agree ferociously and I would add their cosseted, repellent children, adult or otherwise…’

    The difference becomes all the more striking when one considers the children of earlier leaders.

    Theodore Roosevelt’s sons? All four served in combat, two were wounded, and one died — under decidedly heroic circumstances. His flight of six aircraft encountered about twenty German planes, and Roosevelt fils turned back — alone — to combat the Germans and give the rest of his flight a chance to escape. The Germans who shot him down commented that he wasn’t especially skillful but he was certainly brave.

    At least two of Joe Kennedy’s sons served. One was killed, and the other was both injured and acquitted himself credibly.

    How many of the children of our current luminaries have made a point of serving — in combat — in Iraq? In Afghanistan?

    • Agree: TKK
    • Thanks: Trinity, Emslander
  179. @SafeNow

    Ever see how soldiers respond when one of their dogs is killed? Heartbreaking. It’s like they lost their best friend in combat.

    Know what? They did. Because they also served.

  180. Bob says:

    In case people don’t know why we were there…

    Afghanistan is a huge area right in the middle of the Asian continent. It borders China, Pakistan, Iran and others. It’s close to Russia. By setting up multiple US military bases, it allows the US to disrupt and sometimes destroy all commerce in the region. It’s also a great way to radicalize and arm terrorist groups in the region.

    Had Afghanistan fallen in line with US plans, we would see a steady and endless stream of terrorists moving into and out of China’s western border, particularly Xinjiang, home of America’s beloved Uyghurs. Except only the radicalized head chopping Uyghurs. The China-Russia-Iran alliance would be spending more time at war with regional states than trading and cooperating with each other.

    It was never about peace, democracy, women’s rights, defending our interests, freedom, or any of the other BS reasons. It was always about fucking over Asia.

    • Thanks: Alfred
  181. A painful read.

    Painful…but necessary.

  182. Truth says:
    @Robert Bruce

    Allah’u Akbar!

    Take your vows, Bobby and get ready for the holy war.

    • LOL: Robert Bruce
    • Replies: @Robert Bruce
  183. There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination.

    I disagree.

    Violence, or any law breaking, would be very foolish and counter-productive. It would strengthen ZOG.

    Concentrate on using all legal methods of resistance.

    Don’t give them your money, don’t give them your friendship, don’t give them your vote, don’t serve them, and don’t acquiesce in their lies.

    Most obviously, cancel your cable TV subscription. If you are giving your money to Hollywood, the propaganda arm of ZOG, you are not a dissident. Your publications and your conferences mean less than nothing.

    • Thanks: Thor Walhovd
  184. @Cato

    “If you start wars, you should try to win them, and if you are trying to win wars you need people like Walt Rostow”

    They sure didn’t win – so what was Rostow doing there?

    Or were they trying to lose – and succeeded?

  185. Notsofast says:
    @profnasty

    on the other hand, if fdr had listened to butler and had prescott bush and the other treasonist traitors tried and hanged maybe we wouldn’t have the neocon infestation that has destroyed the future of this country.

    • Replies: @profnasty
  186. DaveE says:
    @jaye ryan

    Why not go back to Viet Nam?

    Mr. Linh did just that when he left America a few years ago, as I recall.

  187. @Hardrock

    Longest lifespan? Are you shitting me? Maybe sometime in the past, but now and for quite a while, It’s
    Okinawa.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  188. sulu says:
    @RogerL

    RogerL

    As a kid in the 60’s and early 70’s I was surrounded by the men that had fought in WWII. One of them, my Uncle on my mother’s side, was a hopeless drunk. My mother said he had been a good man before the war. But the battle of Okinawa left its’ mark on him. Another Uncle, on my father’s side drank himself to death at the age of 57. He saw combat in Europe.

    I knew other men that would occasionally tell their stories. A cousin of my dad that had over 500 combat days in North Africa. One day he said a guy from his hometown showed up in his unit. He was rejoicing at meeting someone from his home town. That very day the new guy got grave digging detail. As he was finishing a grave their position was shelled and the new guy was killed. My dad’s cousin said they buried him in the grave he had just dug.

    My father was 21 years retired military. He was in the Air Force before it was the Air Force. Luckily he never saw combat so he didn’t have too many demons to fight.

    RogerL I don’t know you. But I have known men like you. Don’t give up because as you say if you do the bastards win.

    I long for the day that our military stands down long enough for us to pull the elites out of their rat holes and give them justice. They have destroyed so many lives. And for what? More filthy money. And they already had enough to last them a lifetime. But for some people there is never enough. People like that have a empty space inside themselves. And it can never be filled up.

    Stay strong RogerL.

    Sulu

    • Replies: @Emslander
  189. @Truth

    Love it man!!!!!! Keeping it real!!!!

  190. sulu says:
    @Jim H

    Other than that, Ms Lincoln, how was the play?

    Ouch!

    Sulu

  191. @Old and Grumpy

    I agree. This was part of the demolition job of the US. Idiots in the MSM are clueless or part of the con. Like Paul Joseph Watson said Europe is going to get some more cultural diversity, along with the US.

  192. frankie p says:
    @aandrews

    From my position, “firmly and inextricably in place” here in Taiwan:

    You have no idea what you’re talking about, on ANY of the issues in your short paragraph.

    First, you have some dream that China will be able to rapidly disperse itself, by which I would guess you mean PLA troops, before anything can be done to effectively counter it. This is so misguided, not only because Taiwan is so far from China, and dispersing troops would be difficult. The ROC (Taiwan) military is not comparable to that of the PRC, but it isn’t a complete pushover, and it would be able to successfully destroy a lot of troop carriers if the PRC foolishly decided to rapidly disperse itself on the island of Taiwan. The fact is that the objective of the ROC military would be to hold off the Chinese until help arrives, ostensibly in the form of the US military. You and I might agree that this help would NOT arrive, but that is neither here or there. Please look into expert analysis about how the PRC would conduct an attack on Taiwan. It would NOT involve rapid deployment of troops. I would guess that the first few steps would involve a decapitation attempt on the government, which means accurate guided missiles on the Presidential Office Building and Legislative Yuan, both located in downtown Taipei City, the largest city in Taiwan. Yes, there would be collateral damage, but accurate missiles could minimize civilian casualties. At the same time, there would be massive salvos of missiles on military bases across the island, an attempt to silence any significant response. These attacks would have as an objective the destruction of most or all air force runways. The primary goal would be to sap the will the fight from both the military and the civilian population.

    “Over 95% of the population of Taiwan is ethnic Han Chinese. I’d say a huge fraction is sympathetic to the mainland.”

    You are completely misguided. You have NO idea of what you talk about. If a huge fraction of the “ethnic Han Chinese” population is sympathetic, why did they vote in a national government, both in the Executive and Legislative branches (first majority EVER for the DPP), that if openly pro-independence. Why has the KMT, the party that wants to reach some kind of consensus with China as demonstrated by Ma Ying-jeou, the most recent KMT president, lost its support in national level elections? Why do all recent polls show a super strong “Taiwan identity”, an opinion that we are Taiwanese, not Chinese? Now I’m not saying that I agree with all of this, but I am not in the habit of denying facts.

    More later, have to run, sonny!

    Grandpa

    • Thanks: Colin Wright, Alden
    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
    , @nsa
    , @aandrews
  193. Incitatus says:

    “Watching Afghans fleeing in panic in 2021, Americans can even laugh, however. Andrew Anglin, “Look at them running! Run, faggots, run!”

    Little drop-out bad-boy Anglin is a faint-hearted replica of his patron saint Julius Steicher, a man so odious and corrupt felon Hitler stripped him of party office (extraordinary in Third Reich). Streicher’s only talent was to spew hate like a witless volcano, walking streets with a bullwhip – the kind of ‘man’ when not employed by a corrupt régime – usually ends up arrested exposing himself on an elementary school playground.

    Anglin is a nitwit who writes stupid, outrageous comments to rouse dimwits faithful to his screed. It’s his only talent, just as it was for Julius Streicher. Didn’t end well for Julius (even fellow Nüremberg defendants couldn’t stand him).

    Jury’s still out on cute little-out-of-US-‘brave’ Andrew.

    • Agree: Tony massey
    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    , @Checheno
  194. Trinity says:

    INTERMISSION

    Cue : Billy Don’t Be A Hero by Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods

  195. Thim says:

    The South Vietnamese were unworthy allies. For the most part they were cowards They refused to fight. They collaborated massively with the enemy. They treated our soldiers with contempt, and in the end they got exactly what they deserved.

    Our mistake was getting into that war to bail out the Catholic oligarchs. We should have never gone to Afghanistan, and we should have never gone to Vietnam.

    And you see, the refugees that come here, they hate us. But guess what? We hate them even more

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  196. @Ross23

    ‘“ I hadn’t thought about it before, but if huge numbers of working class whites didn’t keep joining up, the US wouldn’t have a military.”

    That’s what Hollywood is for, it’s all connected and part of the same machine…’

    There’s also the lack of opportunity in the towns these kids come from. I live in a somewhat down-at-the-heel logging town in the Pacific Northwest.

    Okay, you’re graduating from the local high school. If you haven’t gotten yourself a full-ride scholarship to a real university somewhere far away, what is there? The lumber mills and logging companies aren’t hiring like they used to.

    You can take vocational classes at the community college and become some kind of tech at the local hospital. That’ll work.

    You can work at McDonald’s.

    You can join the military and retire at 45.

    • Replies: @Incitatus
    , @gsjackson
  197. frankie p says:
    @Truth

    Oh my God! Truth!

    Hurry up and get the rest of them vaccinated! It’s a slow-moving pandemic breaking out!

  198. pdb says:

    As a voluntarily-enlisted Vietnam era veteran, I spent four years active duty in the Air Force. I was always astounded at the narrow-mindedness of fellow airmen, and their inability to think for themselves. At one point in my service I served next to an Army outpost in Germany and was even more shocked by their behaviors, which were crude. Not having been involved in skirmishes, but being familiar with the character of GI’s, and having heard stories of atrocities committed in Vietnam and other places by US soldiers, and being familiar with the propaganda against “enemy” soldiers, I imagine that many of our veterans were involved in abuses of civilians that were overlooked or even accepted as normal by their peers and officers. I often wonder if the vets who commit suicide are part of this group of offending soldiers, who cannot talk about their experiences and their suffering consciences, because the official narrative is that we were bringing freedom and democracy to these places, not terrorizing them, violating their sovereignty, and destroying the country.
    How can a vet who participated in brutish, terrorist behavior ask for forgiveness, or expect healing, if no one in his country even accepts that what the country’s military as a whole has done is nothing at all like what it says it has done or is doing?
    In my view the US military is the terrorist military arm of the terrorist bankers who run the US government, who facilitate the looting of the world’s wealth from where-ever it can be found. When soldiers wake up to this reality, how can they deal with the pain of knowing they helped make it happen, when no one will accept the reality of US terror? Maybe the only way they can stop the endless mental anguish of knowing they participated in the destruction of innocent people and their country is to put that bullet through the brain.
    I often wonder if this might be what’s happening. Only veterans who are considering suicide could possibly know what’s bothering them, and it would take an an act of extreme manliness to confess one’s crimes against humanity, to clear one’s soul before God and man, to pave the way for His redemption and the individual’s return to participation in society.
    Thank you, Linh, for writing this post. It’s always refreshing to hear the truth.

  199. Trinity says:

    And lest we forget all the freebies many of these “refugees” receive that (regular) White folk don’t receive. But of course there are homeless Americans both Black and White that sleep on the street, but hey, they are only Americans, who cares about them.

  200. Jeff says:
    @Malcom X

    Why don’t you break free of the White man and go back to your Africa? I’ll even start a gofundme for a one way ticket for you.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
    • LOL: sulu
    • Replies: @Malcolm X
  201. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Incitatus

    Oh, you’re all lathered up about Anglin, aren’t you?

    Andy like to throw bombs, and that’s cool.

    It’s the only thing that truly gets the (((Left’s))) attention.

    • Replies: @Druid
  202. sulu says:
    @the grand wazoo

    You shouldn’t feel guilty because there is no way in hell you can save someone that has jumped in a bottle. They have to want to save themselves first. The most you can do is give them emotional support when they decide to go on the wagon.

    The problem with our government is that intelligent sociopaths tend to percolate to the top of the heap. Once there they end up doing immeasurable damage, most of it to people they don’t even know. All in the pursuit of the almighty dollar and what other vices they happen to have. And of course being sociopaths they don’t care one bit for the lives they destroy. Damn if I have a solution for it.

    Sulu

  203. Trinity says:

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper to house the Afghan refugees in Israel since it is so much closer? I mean both cultures are somewhat similar, stone age traditions, lots of sand, and isn’t kosher slaughter similar to the way the Arab slaughters cattle? People can make friends more easily with people they share common traits with, and the Afghan culture is so different than Western Culture.

    • Thanks: GomezAdddams
  204. mc23 says:
    @American Citizen

    From a pure power perspective they should have started over 20 years ago, the writing was on the wall even then. Still it’s not something I could condone.

    Hopefully as the story says “oft evil will shall evil mar.”

    I don’t think 9/11 was an evil globalist plot but I feel the incident distracted American public attention at a critical time and for years afterward, allowing oligarchs to cement their control.

    • Replies: @Craig Nelsen
    , @Wokechoke
    , @ANON
  205. @pdb

    Excellent, pdb. A hard insight, but cogent. Here in Austfailia our SAS troops in Afghanistan have been revealed to have committed numerous atrocities, but only after really stalwart troops exposed the crimes under heavy duress. And our troops are also committing suicide in large numbers.

  206. @fasteddiez

    Okinawa is losing its position thanks to Yankee junk-food, I’m afraid.

  207. mc23 says:
    @Colin Wright

    Yes, you don’t destroy a valuable object that you expect to inherit.

    • Agree: Colin Wright
  208. Raven says:

    Why does it take a guy from Vietnam who escaped the war in 1975 as a kid to say to Americans what needs to be said.
    There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination. Only galvanized by this can a pushback begin.
    Where is the fighting spirit of America?

    • Thanks: Tony massey
    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  209. Well, there are a lot of patriots in the military who thought they were doing good. There’s also a lot of soldiers, aid workers, and contractor employees who are war profiteers themselves, re-upping for yours because these were the best paying jobs they were ever going to get. Everyone needs to be honest about all this.

  210. @Dumbo

    It was for a select group of people to make unlimited amounts of money from wars that are not supposed to ever end.

  211. Incitatus says:
    @Colin Wright

    “[the US wouldn’t have a military] That’s what Hollywood is for, it’s all connected and part of the same machine…’

    What recent movies summon enlistment? Be specific. Spare no words.

    “You can take vocational classes at the community college and become some kind of tech at the local hospital. That’ll work.”

    Indeed it will. Honest work. Know what plumbers and electricians make, Colin? Know what your house looks like with failures in either?

    Let’s guess. You’re a retired tenured academic (Poly-Sci? Sociology? Anthropology? – give us a hint) with your very own web site? Pulling in pension cash for years infecting students with sewage in a life of unfulfilled aspiration? Yea, you were an idealist once. Now you’re a corrupt, vindictive little troll.

    Can you honestly say your life achievement is more than an honest tradesman?

    Doubt it.

    • Agree: HdC
  212. @restless94110

    Pointless. A total waste. All of America’s wars after WWII>

    Pointless. A total waste. All of America’s wars after The Revolutionary War. FIFY

  213. @mc23

    I don’t think 9/11 was an evil globalist plot but I feel the incident distracted American public attention at a critical time and for years afterward, allowing oligarchs to cement their control.

    They had already cemented their control. That’s how they were able to pull off 9-11 and simultaneously convince you they hadn’t.

  214. Jett Rucker says: • Website
    @RogerL

    Americans join the military for the pay, the adventure, the chance to get out of their stagnant hometowns, the career opportunities, the training in marketable skills, the benefits. They give NO consideration to whom/what they might be fighting, nor why – it’s a job, and/or career. As for me, I was drafted (I’m old).
    When some idiot thanks me for my service, I apologize for it.

    PS The pay is MUCH better than that for flipping burgers, and the work is usually easier. The work and pay are steadier, too. You woke liberals wouldn’t understand any of this stuff.

  215. Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew. If they’re faggots, sluts and sinners

    You’re much tooo far above that troll to acknowledge him, Linh.
    America, where, unfortunately i live(and hopefully for not much longer) didn’t get much for it’s efforts in SEA but it got us Linh and, of course, wouldn’t ya know it he ain’t even welcome here. Gawd bless Amerika.

    Anglin i just feel sorry for. He ruined his life at a very early age. He’ll never recover. It’s doubtful he can ever return to Amerika even if he wanted and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least that at some point in the future some clown(s), antifa, lgbqt+xyz, the gov’t?, the dreaded Jew…any white woman, hell, take your pic, that trolls days are hmmm perhaps fewer than he suspects and he does seem to at least suspect a hood going over his head and into a van quickly speeding away might be in hiss future.
    I don’t get why Mr Unz posts his stuff(or why anyone would fund him) prolly some male display of a fuck you to his eh less than well wishers.
    Linh, you are what is meant by a great American and in the last days of the Republic i just want to say i am proud that a person like yourself has (hopefully) survived our generosity.
    I’m just extremely saddened and disappointed and sorry even that you saw it as necessary to leave us but many of 🇺🇸 will ALWAYS be in your debt, Linh.
    An apology would never do.

  216. ricpic says:

    That’s it you guys, hit America when she’s down.

  217. Why have I not read this author before?

    My military experience confirms everything he said. I came back a very broken man 13 years ago and with 10 years of intense treatment and desperate drive to find solutions, I am just starting to get my ability to live back. I will always have TBI and PTSD (and a plethora of other lessor wounds), I have found medications that work, and in the end it was a very specific cocktail, because I had tried literally everything else. I can finally get some use out of all those other skills I learned along the way but didn’t work.

    I get mentally exhausted too easy to maintain a job, but I did get a degree in biochemistry while trying to figure out what my limitations are. The war being for nothing does not weight on me. I knew that my last tour and I did ask several different commanders to let me stay at the end of my last 15 month tour. I got blown up early, but kept limping along for years. By the time I got out, I was a wreck within a year. I was falling apart while still in. In hindsight I left because I was afraid of that. The war was bullshit, but this whole country is fucking bullshit. I got bigger worries. Like learning how to live and how to love. My wife and I are feeling like it was worth it to stick it out.

    • Thanks: GMC
    • Replies: @HdC
  218. gsjackson says:
    @Colin Wright

    Unless something has changed in recent years, they can retire at 38, and start collecting retirement pay — enough to live on modestly — immediately.

  219. Trinity says:

    INTERMISSION

    Cue: 19 by Paul Hardcastle

  220. @ginger bread man

    The plus is more accurate. Thousands plus in ww2. Not sure of any in korea other than the defectors but hey they coulda nabbed a few and stuck them on a pig farm in the middle of nowhere for the hell of it.
    I’m surprised Obama went to the wall for bergdahl like he did. Really surprised since he basically walked out of camp.
    Might as well say every straight white male has been left behind this time.

  221. @frankie p

    Are you saying somr USA troops will arrive from afar and save Cai Ing Wen?? Troops with prior combat experience in Afghanistan and Vietnam. NO sorry–Nancy Pelosis National Ednowment for Democracy bombed in Hong Kong and soon is going to be derailed in Tawian—this 1% cabal running rought shod is going to collpse–from Within.

    • Replies: @frankie p
  222. Biff says:
    @jaye ryan

    It ended a stalemate but at least we tried and we were on the right side opposing the worst forms of Communism in both Asian places.

    At what point will you have your “Jesus Moment” and realize that your society is a cesspool run by deranged idiots and nobody(the world over) in their right mind wants any kind of ‘help’ or western intervention?

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  223. nsa says:
    @frankie p

    Taiwan has 50 power generating plants: coal, gas, nuclear, hydroelectric. Every plant has a connected substation with transformers to kick up voltages for efficient power transmission over power lines. So 50 SRBMs (short ranged missiles) could take out the fifty substations leaving the whole island in the dark. No power grid and modern societies cease to function. Taiwan capitulation within weeks….maybe days. Substations rebuilt and the society is functioning again with most the infrastructure intact…..but as part of the PRC.

    • Agree: Alfred
  224. aandrews says:
    @frankie p

    LOL I appreciate your insight. I’ll concede that my penetrating analysis is based on conjecture from afar, but China seems to be preparing for some variation on what I posit. Maybe it’s simply bluster. Maybe it’s not.

    • Replies: @aandrews
  225. frankie p says:
    @GomezAdddams

    Gomez had better reading comprehension that that.

    “Are you saying somr USA troops will arrive from afar and save Cai Ing Wen?”

    First thing is that I specifically mention the ROC military and its objective. I don’t approve of labeling Taiwan as Tsai Ing-wen, just as I don’t approve calling Russia “Putin” or referring to China as “Xi Jin-ping”. Tsai Ying-wen inhabits the unreality of the rules-based international globohomo order, and as such, she is not savable. The citizens of Taiwan, on the other hand, are ethnically and culturally Chinese, and as such would not be targeted by the Chinese military while other options are available.

    Secondly, how did you miss the sentence that followed, and its reference to the fact that I don’t think any US help would arrive?

    “The fact is that the objective of the ROC military would be to hold off the Chinese until help arrives, ostensibly in the form of the US military. You and I might agree that this help would NOT arrive, but that is neither here or there.”

  226. Wokechoke says:

    Several dems need to be arrested and their assets seized. Lot of poor politicians made 100s millions in the last twenty years.

    • Replies: @Jeff
  227. Wokechoke says:
    @pdb

    If you join knowing these things there’s no remorse. Of course there’s no redemption either.

  228. Wokechoke says:
    @mc23

    It was Mossad. AQ was born from the CIA lists provided them by the Jews who’d identified fanatical Islamic mercenaries. Additionally the Muj were armed by the Israelis captured Soviet equipment captured in six day war and yom kipper war. 9/11 was masterminded by the small hats and executed by an Arab client. 9/11 benefitted Israel only.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  229. Dumbo says:

    You know, it just dawned on me that the “war on Covid” is sort of developing like the “war on terror” in Afghanistan. I think after twenty years of failed vaccines and “booster shots”, of failed mask policies and lockdowns, they will just declare “victory” and run (with all the money they made), letting people just get the disease and die or survive.

    Anglin is mostly a troll, and hardly an intellectual. He can be funny sometimes, but there’s no need to take his most outrageous comments too seriously.

  230. @American Citizen

    Man will be free when the last politician is bludgeoned to death with the severeed arm of the last police sniper.

    OK, so it doesn’t roll off the tongue as readly as the quotation usually attributed to Diderot (but actually written by Jean Meslier)…

    I would like – and this would be the deepest of my wishes – that the last king be strangled with the entrails of the last priest.

    The misquotation is man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the guts of the last priest – close enough.

    Diderot said something like “Au defaut d’un cordon, j’ordiraient les boyaux du derniere prêtre afin d’etrangler le dernier roi” (in the absence of a rope, I would plait the guts of the last priest in order to strangle the last king)

  231. Anon[268] • Disclaimer says:

    …. What would things been like [in Russia] if during periods of mass arrests people had not simply sat there, paling with terror at every bang on the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but understood they had nothing to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people?….

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsy…..

  232. Malla says:
    @Wokechoke

    I do not think that is true. It is more of a myth. Britain eventually became one of the most populated nations on Earth by the 1900s with a very high population density. So they had bodies to throw. WW1 for example.Even in India, even though they used Indian sepoys many a times it were British troops who had to take the brunt of the fighting such as the Anglo-Burmese wars. Even in the British revenge invasion of Afghanistan, there were many British regiments. British and Indian regiments were posted side by side on the North West Frontier of the British Empire proper (like a Hadrian wall of the BE) with Afghanistan, on the other side were the Afghan tribes and beyond that the mighty Tzarist Russian Empire.

  233. @Craig Nelsen

    1812 was pretty well justified, but that’s it.

  234. @the grand wazoo

    I’ve known a few ritchies and I’m sorry for your experiences.
    For me, and I’m not a vet of nam, Cpt Terry Talley will always represent to me what that war cost this nation at an individual level.
    I won’t bother with cpt talleys story. He’s been dead since 99(i think maybe it was 2000).

    [MORE]

    Gawd rest your merry soul cpt talley you were a brave and honorable man and the bastards won.
    So much for patriotism.

    And what i really really don’t want Togo into is what a fucking scam the whole fucking shit show is. It’s straight the fuck out of isteve culture of lying.
    Right now i know a vet(he’s 32 years old) who never goes anywhere without a set of fucking crutches. I mean goddamn it’s like he honestly fucking believes someone from c&p is gonna see him. He walks better than i do(i have a degenerative hip condition that will need replacing in about 5-10 years no big deal i walk fine) and it really pisses me the fuck off that this guy is wasting his fucking time carrying a set of crutches around(it looks really stupid if you ask me) just so he can get a service connected claim thru and i don’t blame him for that. I’ve done it. Nearly every vet i know has done it. It’s the game.
    For gods sake over 500k vets put in for tbi and dod knows damn good and well that the most tbi cases there could be would be under 38k as they estimate eh fuck it…it’s not even worth bitching about.
    And what the fucking fuck my best friend murdered himself(no better Marine ever served this country and after his 13th confirmed kill mother green shot him down on a combat ribbon he deserved to be awarded and he got his ribbon after he stacked a few more but what he had to go thru to get it…) On October 1 2017. Ya know how goddamn pissed i am about that.
    I want to kill some of you fuckers to show ya that this is what it’s like.
    No doubt in my mind I’m going rogue. You can bet it. Just a matter of time.
    You think i care?
    RIP Cpt Terry Talley, Sergei Bolen and all the rest that’s been scammed and then had to fucking listen to aholes tell us what fucking idiots we are and guys like us may not have been the best America has to offer(with exceptions to my Southern white males who make the us military what it is) but we answered while most of you were taking it pretty fucking easy. So, hey, for one or 2(or moar) you’re days of taking it easy might be gone and you find yourself pressed into service against the guys that actually volunteered(or in some instances drafted like nam) are gonna fucking gut you.
    I can’t wait to take some of these fuckers out. At least one.

  235. HalconHigh says: • Website
    @InnerCynic

    “to be honest there are so many it would be like an assembly line”

    Ain’t that the truth

  236. @follyofwar

    Agree the Draft should be brought back. (Sweden did away with their compulsive military service, but brought it back). A citizen military overcomes much of the bozo-thinking from our generals, our government and particularly our media. Rather than having an economic draft of the rural and urban poor (many disqualified), a widespread Draft gets ‘skin in the game’ from everyone (excepting of course our Elites, like Cheney, Bolton, Trump, Clinton and Biden). No way a 40 year war (the CIA were fomenting in 1979 in Afghanistan) could happen with everyone’s child at risk.

    War is hell. The Draft was horrible, and that’s largely why we need it today.

    • Agree: follyofwar
  237. @Anon

    Now that we’ve lost Afghanistan, can we hang Dick Cheney?
    War criminals who lose, get hanged. Why should Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Perle etc. etc. be exceptions? https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/08/15/hang-cheney/

    • Replies: @jaye ryan
  238. @Daniel H

    There was an Archeology show on Prime where these British guys were excavating WWII sites in Eastern Europe. In one episode they found a mass grave in Poland including Women and babies and from artifacts in the grave discovered these were not Jews killed by the Nazis, these were Polish ethnic Germans cleansed by Polish partisans.

    • Replies: @Alden
  239. The most decorated US general of the 20’s and 30’s Smedley Butler wrote a book “War is a Racket” almost 100 years ago now explaining how he had been had and far from bringing democracy he and his men were simply murdering locals on three continents who dared to stand up against US corporations. US working class men have no excuses and haven’t had for almost 100 years now since Butler made public his revelations about what the US state was really up to with its completely anti-constitutional interference in other countries.

  240. Foreigners really have no business commenting on the affairs of Europeans. It’s normal to take criticism from your own, but not from your enemies. That is an affront.

    • Replies: @Druid
  241. Alden says:
    @Anonymous

    So middle aged jews urged Johnson into Vietnam and young jews rioted, fled to Canada and were given low blood pressure medicine by their uncle the doctor to fail the physical.

  242. Alden says:
    @Skyler the Weird

    Most of the Polish partisans were Jewish communists. The eastern half of Poland was occupied by Russia a communist nation. There were extensive training camps and bases in the Russian side of the Border . The Jew communists raided and murdered on the German occupation side of the border. Those ethnic Germans were probably killed by Jewish partisans.

    The Jewish partisans who didn’t rub back to eastern soviet occupied Poland after every raid spent a lot of time robbing extorting and even killing goyim farmers for supplies.

    In Greece Italy and Yugoslavia most of the partisans were communists. They spent much of their time killing non communist partisans. And like the Polish jews. compiled lists of non and anti communists who might be leaders after the war. These non communist leaders were exterminated by native communists and soviet troops when the war ended. One reason why it was so easy for the Russians to occupy Central Europe for 5o years after the war.

    • Agree: Alfred
  243. anon[335] • Disclaimer says:

    After graduating college as a late bloomer I joined the USMC as a junior officer to “serve my country.”
    When I arrived in Vietnam and sent to my unit something seemed grotesquely out of whack.

    There were no war pimps, profiteers, bankers nor any of their sons anywhere to be found. Almost all of the “grunts” were teenagers from working class or poor families. Most were white but there were plenty of blacks and latinos, yet there there was no racism. We were all the same, nothing more than “roadkill” for the elites.

    Maybe things WILL change since our current POTUS has declared the number one threat to the United States of America today is white supremacy. LOL.

    Can you imagine future recruitment ads for enlistment? What will they look like?

    “We are looking for a few good woke persons!” Yea, that should work.

    Good article Linh. As for you young guys, stay out of the military, do something useful with your life.

    • Thanks: GMC
  244. Alden says:

    Great post Linh thanks I love your articles 💜♥️❤️

  245. jaye ryan says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Kevin,

    I though Dick Cheney had died.

    It’s been his daughter Liz Cheney that has been representing the Cheney name/brand.

  246. ANON[377] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @RogerL

    The despicable joo has completely subverted this country. (((It))) sees goyim as cattle or chess pieces in foreign policy like kissinger said. I too was sucked into service long ago, but my sons will never serve zog.
    Working class YT gets home from serving their country damaged. He then can’t get a job because some haitian gets priority. Until every white sees the evil joo behind this nothing will change.

  247. AKINDLE says:

    “We Support Our Troops!”…That’s laughable. Change it to “We Support Our Niggers!”, would be more truth telling. The US lost its pro-White agenda decades ago and has been downhill since.

  248. “There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination”

    I always assumed it would be kidnappings with confessions on tape that would get that party started.

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  249. @Curmudgeon

    Cool, as for supporting the troops, if you understood that I was pro or con for support of the troops, I am sorry. I, for one, have no judgment pro or con for support. Let people think and do whatever they want on that subject. What does support mean for me or the troops, jockstraps for all? I use the 10% off for stuff at Loews big time because it’s there. Discounted dinners for vets? Keep those groceries, not for me. If there are other misunderstandings on your part, I am sorry.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  250. Ping Pong says:

    “There’s no true resistance or hope for America until the first meaningful assassination. Only galvanized by this can a pushback begin.”

    Condoning, in advance, a lethal political gesture may have serious consequences for you, Linh, I regret to say.

  251. ANON[377] • Disclaimer says: • Website
    @mc23

    Yeah, joos just didn’t show for work that day and silverstein happened to triple down on terror insurance two months prior. Def not an (((inside))) job.

  252. Emslander says:
    @Dingo bay rum

    And he wouldn’t have had any need to have come here. You see, it’s a two-way street. We stay out of their affairs and they stay out of ours. Good plan.

  253. Jeff says:
    @Wokechoke

    You think that only the dems are guilty of that? Seriously???

  254. Emslander says:
    @sulu

    They have destroyed so many lives.

    It’s stupid to say they did it to make more money. Money isn’t sufficient motivation to disrupt the peace of an agrarian society. It’s some sickness that goes deep into their soul and comes out ugly. Not a single one of our wars since 1900 was necessary.

    My uncle in WWI told me he was up near Belgium doing reconnaissance out in no man’s land between the lines and shot a German doing the same thing. He went over to check his unit and ID and discovered that it was a cousin from the same part of Friesland in which his father had been born. He went back to his commander, handed over his Springfield and said he wasn’t going to kill any more of his relatives. They sent him home quietly to do recruitment propaganda.

    My Father flew bombers out of New Guinea into Borneo or some such place near the end of WWII. He had been there a year and got very ill. He lost weight and nearly died. He got home, made a partial recovery, but was always ill. He fathered three more children and died in 1962.

    Both of those men were from small farm America and both had been ruined. There wasn’t a hostile bone in their bodies until they were properly educated by the WASP bastards from the East. They fought against other men from non-agressive parts of the world and none of it mattered.

    Wars come from the bloody, arrogant, elitist thirst for power and influence. Money’s the least of it.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @sulu
    , @Alfred
  255. HdC says:
    @Boomthorkell

    While I agree with your conclusion, I wonder how many of the Soviet casualties were due to the Soviet scorched earth policy during retreats, leaving nothing for the Soviet civilians.

    Further, how many Soviet soldiers were killed by rearguard communist troops that shot any of the regular troops wanting to retreat or surrender?

    I am certain that these figures, if available, remain closely guarded secrets in Russia.

    Even today, 76 years after the end of WWII, Germany is still pilloried in the MSM and history books, Hollywood, as the meanest, most murderous, most military, etc. etc. in all of recorded history.

    12 or so years I had occasion to write an essay on this pilloring of Germany, published in Chronicles, a magazine of American Culture. Subsequently i was banned from that website. In my researching this essay I found 4 books / studies by English and USA authors that put this tale to bed. Turned out that the British won that “award” hands down, followed by the Spanish and French. Germany / Prussia were at the very bottom of that totem pole for war mongering and murder.

    One argument that I read again and again in my debate on that site was about “Prussian Militarism”.
    That the Prussians ran the civil service with military “precision” is likely true. However, defending themselves and subsequently the German nation after 40 or so invasions by France over a period of 400 years, does not make them guilty of militarism.

  256. HdC says:
    @independent_thinker

    It would be worthwhile for you to describe in detail your experiences that led you to your subsequent afflictions.

  257. Anon[263] • Disclaimer says:

    Linh Dinh is an interesting writer. Very observant and analytical.

    This is an especially interesting piece. He is correct in many aspects.

    Yet, Linh may want to aim his observations and analysis in the mirror. His own status as the beneficiary of a massive American intervention in his home country, followed by massive American generosity in accepting and nurturing him and his ilk, giving them passports, educations, opportunities, and more.

    A couple of questions, Linh, to help you in your self-analysis:

    1. What passport are your traveling on in your never-ending flight from something?
    2. Where is the bank and/or credit card you’re using to pay for your travels?

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  258. @ginger bread man

    There was a very narrow time-window in which an immense sum in ransom (for “war reparations” ) was demanded by Hanoi; the demand was spurned because Nixon knew Congress would reject paying so much.

    And McCain knew about it and lied unscrupulously.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  259. Truth says:
    @Emslander

    They fought against other men from non-agressive parts of the world and none of it mattered.

    Where are the aggressive parts of the world? Oh! The parts where they do not have wars that kill millions.

    Got it, thanks.

  260. aandrews says:
    @aandrews

    BTW, I forgot to draw particular attention to the Alzheimer’s president (a true rarity) as an attribute of “never a better opportunity”.

    • Replies: @aandrews
  261. @Craig Nelsen

    Don’t know what FIFY is.

    I’m a gonna leave all wars of the 1800s out of consideration, And I’d say that both world wars, while possibly avoidable were just way too complicated to 2nd guess now.

    Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Panama, Graneda, all of the “police” actions in the Western Hemisphere, Somalia, Nigeria? I’ll give you those.

    • Replies: @some_loon
  262. @HdC

    Agreed.
    A useful study ref German “villainy”
    Statistics/historical fact are so inconvenient for emotional propaganda …

    As the title The Myth of German Villainy indicates, this book is about the mischaracterization of Germany as history’s ultimate “villain.” The “official” story of Western Civilization in the twentieth century casts Germany as the disturber of the peace in Europe, and the cause of both World War I and World War II, though the facts don’t bear that out.

    https://www.themythofgermanvillainy.com/

    • Agree: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @HdC
  263. @Thim

    Absolutely, The people in the countryside, Buddhists, other minor Viet religion adherents, and Communists were owned by the absentee landlords in the larger towns and cities, of which, many were Catholics, So these peasants were natural enemies of the Saigon regime. Just to show you how stupid some officers were, enjoy! We were searching a village at the foot of the Que Son Mountains, (not Khe Sanh), beside the Dai Loc river. The villagers had a huge wicker container (4′ by 4′) filled with rice. This dumbass (not from our platoon) orders some enlisted guys to upturn the sucker. Boy, that will show them! As if the villagers would be too inept and dumb to refill it. Multiply this example by a million and you can see on TV, or read the results. Starting a the bottom of the supervisory line, work your way up. At each step up the chain of command, the complete disease of incompetence and disdain for the servicemen, the people of a country, etc, metastasizes, until you reach the pinnacle state (Washington DC) and its’ scumbag villain, LBJ. This is not to excuse My Lay, but for the coverup and CYA blockage of the investigation by the very top. This, even though the three-star general in charge of the investigation found culpability from a company commander, all the way up to the general in charge. The DC military then charges Shake & Bake lieutenant Calley who winds up sentenced to confinement to Base, until Nixon gets pressured by the patriotic Americans, and the “Let them eat cake” DC scumbags to cut him loose. And so it goes!

  264. SafeNow says:
    @follyofwar

    Folly, I think maybe there will be no future cannon fodder, no lost limbs and lives. No fighting. Just expensive deployments to create a “presence” and spend military money. Easy duty. Sit around, train a bit, patrol the perimeter. I have advised several young men about to enlist to consider joining the Coast Guard – – keep busy, and do good. (And eat well! – – top enlistment advantages right now go to culinary grads.)

  265. sulu says:
    @Emslander

    Wars come from the bloody, arrogant, elitist thirst for power and influence. Money’s the least of it.

    I agree with all you said other than that it’s stupid to think they did it to make more money. Money may not be their biggest motivation but it is certainly one of them. For the elites it’s probably just the icing on the cake.

    Sulu

  266. Sergio says:

    Movie RAGE, 1972.
    At least we can be a man on the screen. Cheers !!!

  267. @fasteddiez

    No problem. My son joined the reserves a few years back, which here, means he can only be deployed overseas by consent. I told him when joining, never to underestimate politicians’ ability to make stupid decisions to endanger soldiers. He enjoys his discounts as well.

  268. @hanshappening

    In orange jumpsuits, I recommend. It would add color to the proceedings. the DCites would love it.

  269. It would be worthwhile for you to describe in detail your experiences that led you to your subsequent afflictions.

    I don’t know what kind of detail, but I like my anonymity . It is mostly from an IED early in my first tour where I was in an unarmored vehicle but survived by getting launched out of the turret hatch. They say at least a couple hundred feet up an over. I was unconscious most of more than a week. I was medevaced all the way back to the states. They lost my records along the way and they hadn’t yet learned to take TBI serious, so I tried to get in shape real fast. After my bones healed and minor surgeries, hitched a ride back to Iraq and my unit. To their credit, some good men of higher rank tried to discourage me. I should have listened, but it was against my values, as I understood the situation. I then served another 6 years and had a few more near misses with IEDs that were enough to breifly knock us out. I have been diagnosed with moderate/severe TBI, because I don’t fall neatly in either. The PTSD is entirely caused by the blast and is somatic. My flashback is the terror of my brain trying to wake up and having major difficulties. I don’t care to describe that. I walked away at 10 years, for no other reason than I was afraid I couldn’t get out of bed sometimes. I always did love the Infantry.

  270. Ron Unz says:
    @Billy Corr

    There was a very narrow time-window in which an immense sum in ransom (for “war reparations” ) was demanded by Hanoi; the demand was spurned because Nixon knew Congress would reject paying so much.

    Actually, the evidence seems pretty strong that the Vietnamese kept the POWs around for at least another 15-20 years, still trying to get the money that Nixon had promised them in the Peace Agreement. You probably should read some of the articles on the topic:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/was-rambo-right/

    https://www.unz.com/article/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-when-tokyo-rose-ran-for-president/

  271. some_loon says:
    @restless94110

    Don’t know what FIFY is.

    It is short for ‘fixed it for you’, meaning someone changed your sentence, etc. by a word or a few words, to mean what that commenter thinks better describes the matter.

    Has become common on the web in the last few years.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  272. aandrews says:
    @aandrews

    Media Turns On Biden: “Why Do You Continue To Trust The Taliban Mr. President?”
    ZeroHedge
    Friday, Aug 20, 2021 – 02:26 PM

    “We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get through Kabul to the airport,” Biden said.

    “To the best of our knowledge, Taliban checkpoints, they are letting through people showing American passports.”

    BIDEN: “We have no indication that [Americans] haven’t been able to get in Kabul through the airport. We made an agreement with the Taliban…”

    • LOL: some_loon, frankie p
  273. Big, big difference between Vietnam and Afghanistan.

    All the gear the US abandoned in Vietnam was made in the USA.

    All the gear the US abandoned in Afghanistan was made in China.

    Yes, it’s that far gone. Scary ain’t it? But it’s not a Stephen King story.

  274. Change the words to ‘Cut and Run’.

    No, ‘innocence’ never dies.

  275. Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew.

    Anglin wouldn’t be Anglin with good form.

  276. quasimodo says:
    @Hans

    This is correct. President Wilson, Winston Churchill, FDR were all under the control of chicken swinger advisors. A country that has a lot of “dual citizens” in its government is not sovereign.

    • Agree: Arthur MacBride
  277. @Raven

    The first sentence is Right on!
    The second sentence addresses the first meaningful assassination. Galvanization by this act can a pushback begin? By whom? Who will lead this movement, hopefully, to spread nationwide movement? Only people who have this fighting spirit? Spirit ain’t going to cut it. Only the comments addressing folks with terminal diseases, and having the spirit to do so, as well as the ability to do it has a chance. Do you have a fighting spirit? WTF does that even mean vis-a-vis assassination.
    Until then, you should utter “Nevermore!”

  278. @HdC

    Oh, the propaganda against Germany is certainly…well, bad propaganda. Accusations against pre-WWII Germany visa-a-vis France, the UK, even Indian powers are laughable.

    And yes, the Soviets did practice scorched Earth policies and reprisals, but they also were not entering a war with a stated policy of “extirpation and enslavement of the Slavic race” which puts the burden on the German forces. They did nothing to win favors and their actions ruined any chance of real collaboration with the majority peoples of the Soviet Union (if they came as liberators, they would absolutely have been favored.) While a suppose it would take a deeper real study, I ultimately doubt the Soviet Union would be responsible for the majority of those 27 million deaths during the war, outside military failure, of course, to which they are entirely responsible!

  279. @Anonymous

    Who was behind the Vietnam war?
    My short answer is; the same folks that murdered the Kennedy’s.

  280. @Incitatus

    ‘Let’s guess. You’re a retired tenured academic (Poly-Sci? Sociology? Anthropology? – give us a hint) with your very own web site? ‘

    I do have my own website. Otherwise, that’s a clean miss.

    Don’t start trying to pick stocks.

    • Replies: @Tony massey
  281. @Incitatus

    ‘Can you honestly say your life achievement is more than an honest tradesman?’

    We’d need to score the add-ons. An art show and an ten-pound Coho on ultra-light trout tackle?

    Why are you an asshole? Do you have an explanation for that?

  282. @Colin Wright

    Neat website Colin. I’ll have to check it out more later.
    Good catch. What is that? Looks like a good solid 6lb fish.
    Ya truly cannot go wrong with REI. There is no number 2. Just them.

    [MORE]

    I’ve hiked thousands of miles many years tho it’s been awhile since i last went. And I’m with you on flush toilets and all the other stuff but once upon a time i spent at least a few months out of alot of years hiking.
    In all those miles i met one black person. A very young and pretty hippie chick. She was with her very white straight out of united colors of Benetton hippie kids advertisement. Nice kids. They had really good weed.
    That was it.
    I have met numerous Asians almost every single time an older male who is invariably out for a day hike.
    Hmmm…that’s it that i can recall and ever since the Bryson book came out hiking in America really exploded. At least on the AT pct and Colorado.
    No matter how far away from access roads i was anywhere i ever hiked it was never long before i ran into someone. The woods/mts are pretty well stuffed with folks. Or rather i mean generally speaking older white males because that’s who i met out hiking.
    Again, nice website.
    Did you gut clean and eat that catch?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  283. @some_loon

    Thanks for the explainer.

    Funny though. I use that phrase constantly.

    Didn’t now it had become FIFY.

    Time.

    It moves on.

  284. Checheno says:
    @Incitatus

    The whole West there are more and more fascists and people of the extreme right. Hitler was an incredible man, comparable to Alexander the Great, Timur, the great Khan, etc. You’re 40 and there’s a bunch of racist zoomers out there, it’s over for you, fat nerd.

  285. True Aim says:

    “how can you blame foreigners for believing in Slick Sam’s sexy come-on, his glammy image and thumping pitch”

    Linh, they didn’t believe it. The ones not cowed by military occupation (rapes, beatings, arrests, bombings) were artful opportunists.

    The Afghan Army is a case in point. They took all the money the Yanks spent on them and the best military equipment, they went through the motions of more than a decade of Yank military training – and folded like a cheap suit in just 11 hours. We know now that they were honeycombed with secret Taliban, i.e. their friends and relations. Hey, it’s their country. Occupiers deserve what they always get: robbed and then stabbed in the back. Belief in democracy doesn’t enter into any of it.

    You shouldn’t identify with the “innocent translators stuck at the Kabul airport.” They aren’t innocent. They’re the lowest opportunists, who ratted out their countrymen and then landed on their butts in this game of musical chairs before they had a chance to rat on the Yanks. They were playing all sides. Again, belief in democracy never entered into it, because no one over the age of six can honestly believe in such an absurd thing, especially if democracy murdered his family in front of his face.

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  286. @Tony massey

    ‘…No matter how far away from access roads i was anywhere i ever hiked it was never long before i ran into someone. The woods/mts are pretty well stuffed with folks. Or rather i mean generally speaking older white males because that’s who i met out hiking…’

    Reminds me. When I used to go backpacking with my dad — circa 1967 — he’d complain if we saw more than two people in a day. That was in Yosemite National Park.

    Times have changed.

    Again, nice website.
    Did you gut clean and eat that catch?

    I did indeed. Thing was, I was fishing with my ultra-light trout rod at the time. I suspect the only reason I finally netted that fish is that having just come up the rapids, she was damned if she was going to go back down them again. If she’d just let the current sweep her downstream, I couldn’t have done anything about it.

  287. Alfred says:
    @MGB

    Most of the fighter pilots were from the cream de la cream

    Polish personnel served in all RAF commands and across all operational theatres and were some of the most experienced Allied pilots, having already fought in the 1939 campaign in Poland and the 1940 Battle of France. Their contribution to the Battle of Britain was considered invaluable. 5% of the pilots involved in the Battle were Polish (145 in total), but were responsible for 12% of total victories, with 303 (Polish) Fighter Squadron recognised as the most successful of any Allied squadron. Twenty nine Polish pilots lost their lives during the Battle of Britain. Four Polish officers were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Of the Polish contribution to the Battle of Britain, then Commander in Chief of Fighter Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, went on to comment later:

    “Had it not been for the magnificent work of the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of battle would have been the same.”

    Polish contribution to the UK war effort in World War Two

  288. Alfred says:
    @Sterling Archer

    All the cowardly equivocation on this particular topic reminds me of a quote from Yes, Minister:

    It’s your country. I stopped visiting the USA after 9/11. It was a nice place when I first visited in 1970.

    Sort out your own mess. 🙂

  289. Alfred says:
    @Emslander

    He went over to check his unit and ID and discovered that it was a cousin from the same part of Friesland in which his father had been born.

    I am in contact with a lady surgeon in Donetsk. She complained to me that her cousin on the other side of the line eagerly joined up. Her apartment was destroyed by a mortar shell that hit the nearby entrance.

    The stupidity of young men is unbelievable – myself included. Before I visited the USA in 1970, I wanted to volunteer for Vietnam after my studies. But when I saw my contemporaries at a UCLA frat house discussing their lottery number or how to fail the medical, I realised that it was a scam.

    I had an English friend at that time who went to the USA with me. His dad was selling short-range anti-aircraft missiles to the Saudis (Rapier) – their top salesman. For years after, he was convinced that if only the USA had bought British Aerospace’s TSR-2, they would have won in Vietnam. 🙂

  290. kiwiklown says:

    Thanks, Linh Dinh, for a superb take on the exceptional evil that is American “leadership” in the 20th Century.

    The world is richer for your keen observation, and for your excellent story-telling.

    It is no wonder that the Zio-tribe find you dangerous enough to blackball you, which i take to be a kind of reverse stamp of distinction.

    Keep writing. Looking forward to learning more from you.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
  291. @RogerL

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but when you say

    “…if huge numbers of working class whites didn’t keep joining up, the US wouldn’t have a military.”

    you are including the mass of semi educated young men whose choice of career is either the army or flippin’ burgers at McWhatever, right? They’re poverty draftees, but without the public resistance to war that an actual renewal of conscription , which would put the children of urban middle class people in the firing line, would cause?

  292. @American Citizen

    What is a meaningful assassination? How would any assassination change anything since the so called presidents and generals are all just front men?

  293. Anglin also calls them “sluts and other sinners.” This is very bad form, Andrew. If they’re faggots, sluts and sinners, then Uncle Sam was their pimp, john, rapist and bugger, which is accurate enough, but how can you blame foreigners for believing in Slick Sam’s sexy come-on, his glammy image and thumping pitch, when even Americans don’t know better?

    Some Americans, like Andrew Anglin, do know better. That’s precisely the point. But so do some foreigners. Among the latter are the Taliban.

    In any case, the dimwits running along the C-17 as it took off were very likely not targets for Taliban retaliation. Rather, they were simply hoping to immigrate to the Anal Empire. The C-17 that got turned into a flying can of sardines was mobbed not by Anal collaborators but by random Afghans who managed to scramble aboard since the Anal military isn’t competent enough to secure an airport runway. And my understanding is that they will get their wish.

  294. @Anon

    What an Exceptional! comment.

    Had you — presumably born in the USA — the courage and talent to have written this piece, would you exempt yourself from the same questions?

  295. Anon[127] • Disclaimer says:

    Exempt myself? Of course not. While I share many of Linh’s criticisms of America, Americans, and American foreign (and domestic) policies, I also am self-aware enough to realize that exactly my status as a US passport holder, with US funds in US banks, allows me to traipse around the world, entering many countries with no visa, speaking English, and viewed and treated in a special way.

    The point is that Linh needs a quiet moment of self-reflection.

    He is who he is precisely because his family connections (he conveniently glosses over HOW he got on the C130 out of Saigon) allowed him to flee to the USA.

    He can do what he does precisely because he travels on a US passport.

    He can do what he does precisely because he has cash in a US bank.

    Were Linh to be traveling on the passport of his native country, Vietnam, and to have a bank account in Dong from Vietnam, his entire schtick would be reduced to something very, very different.

    In effect, Linh is cruising around the world in a protective bubble, criticizing those who created and maintain that bubble.

    Unless I’m wrong about his passport. Doubt it, though.

    • Agree: Truth
    • Replies: @Tony massey
    , @fasteddiez
  296. HdC says:
    @Arthur MacBride

    I’ve read that book. It certainly throws a different light on the usual anti-German war propaganda.

  297. @Incitatus

    ‘“[the US wouldn’t have a military] That’s what Hollywood is for, it’s all connected and part of the same machine…’’

    What recent movies summon enlistment? Be specific. Spare no words…’

    ! This bit isn’t even my post!

    • Replies: @Incitatus
  298. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:

    It would have been better for Americans, as well as the rest of the world if we had heeded George Washington’s advice in his farewell address, but alas, hindsight is 20/20.

    I pretty much agree with most of what Linh has to say here, and I’m quite sure he doesn’t hate the common American (as many here do), but I’m curious if he thinks his family would have been better off staying in Vietnam and taking their chances with the Communists.

    I doubt it.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  299. @Anon

    How does an id and a bank acct obligate someone to only think in a certain light?
    Id’s and bank accts don’t speak any truths(or lies for that matter) only people do and Linh is an honest and fair interloper among to many that aren’t either.
    Why break Linh’s balls?
    Spell it out. What specifically would this moment of self-reflection reveal to Linh? Please, share.

  300. Anon[264] • Disclaimer says:

    Sure, thanks for asking.

    It’s not that the passport and dollars “obligate him to think in a certain way.” It’s that he seems to be un-self-aware that his American passport and US dollars make him special and able to travel the world and criticize the USA.

    Seems pretty clear.

    Linh is what/who he is precisely BECAUSE he fled his country of birth.

    An American traveling abroad is according massively positive treatment BECAUSE he is an American, because of the passport he holds, because he has a Visa credit card drawing on an American bank. Americans abroad (although 99.9% of them don’t realize it) get special treatment by locals in everything. From visa-upon-arrival, to access to things not readily available to others.

    What that means is that Linh, because he’s carrying an American passport, speaking American English, and spending American dollars, enjoys a special life.

    Compared, especially, to what/who he’d be if he’d stayed in Vietnam.

    A Vietnamese citizen, traveling on a Vietnamese passport, spending Vietnamese Dong would very likely not even be allowed in most of the countries that Linh visits. Not only that, but it’s unlikely that Linh (not sure how he earned his money that he uses to fund his travels now, but he talks about spending time in blue collar bars, etc, so guessing he was some sort of skilled labor), had he remained in Vietnam and pursued the same sort of career, would even be able to dream of traipsing around the world criticizing the USA.

    Hope that helps.

  301. Incitatus says:
    @Colin Wright

    “! This bit isn’t even my post!”

    “That’s what Hollywood is for, it’s all connected and part of the same machine…’’
    Your response #204 to Ross23 20 Aug 2021 12:11 am

    Regret the tone of my reply, Colin. Carried away by insult king Anglin. Beg your pardon.

    Do Hollywood movies solicit military enlistment (‘Platoon’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Band of Brothers’). What movies? Give us hint (second request).

    I’m no fan of Hollywood. Quite the opposite.

    Stay well, Colin.

    • Replies: @fasteddiez
  302. @Dingo bay rum

    What bugging him is excptionalists like yourself —you are a control hegemon world domination freak and in Vietnam had tons of Agent Orange——used napalm like it was going out of style and for REAL combat –would enter a thatched village and shoot “Gooks”–old men , Pregnant women and BEST all unarmed Children –WHY —to save USA and keep it for Jesus –it is in the Bible uner Paul “for it is better to give then to receive”—-Joe Biden—time ot Medal–Medina and Calley—they should be given Medals of Distinction —and a 10 million dollar handout for duress these past years—- i only wish Herbert W Arnstorng or Garner Ted was here —British Israelite theory and USA in Prophecy –In God we Trust…

  303. @Anon

    IOW, if you weren’t born here, love it or leave it?

    • Replies: @Anon
  304. @GeneralRipper

    IOW, immigrants to the USA ought not criticize its government?

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  305. Anon[289] • Disclaimer says:
    @Greta Handel

    No need for “IOW,” I’m quite capable of saying the exact words meant.

    How about: “Put your money where your mouth is.”

    And Linh left the US a while back, any way.

    Again, it would be much more meaningful if Linh, along with constantly bad-mouthing the US, just turned in his US passport and got rid of the nasty dollars in his account.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
    , @Polemos
  306. @Anon

    An American traveling abroad is according massively positive treatment BECAUSE he is an American

    Try being on a hijacked plane or a luxury resort raided by the Abu Sayaf for that preferential treatment.

    • Replies: @jeff stryker
  307. @GomezAdddams

    The truth will set you free? A very little OT but look at what the truth has done to Julian Assange. When are those liars going to set him free?

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  308. @Da's Reich

    I hadn’t heard that it’s the JewFlu. Please wake me.

    • Replies: @Da's Reich
  309. Druid says:
    @Trinity

    My sentiments exactly.

  310. @Anon

    Right On Tony, this is one of Linh Dinh’s finest posts.

  311. @Incitatus

    “Platoon” attracts potential military enlistees ???? Well maybe if their fathers swore #&)!8x fucking gooks, slopes, dinks, huh …. hold the ketchup and hold the Indigenous Personnel. My personal favorite was targets of opportunity, just because of the way it sounded, the packaging, if you will. I was not nearly as crude as my grunt confreres. A sniper who was attached to us and was later stationed with me Stateside said he loved to use “targets of opportunity” in the mornings, if feasible, and allowed. This, in order to get the windage adjustments on his optics to be used on military enemy people later that day. Knowing him, it was true. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say.

  312. @Anon

    As should someone born and raised here in Exceptionalia! if she had written the same thing?

    If not, then you’re just saying “Love It Or Leave It” while pretending otherwise.

  313. Anon[108] • Disclaimer says:

    The odds of you suffering negative effects because you’re carrying a US passport are a little less likely than being struck by lightning AND bitten by a shark at the same time. Before the panic over a really bad cold swept the world, millions of Americans traipsed all over the world, with not a care for their safety, nor any awareness of the relative ease they enjoyed due to their citizenship. Millions upon millions of Americans traveled the world ensconced in a bubble of safety created by their citizenship, compared to a handful who were victimized due to their citizenship.

    They would have faced exponentially greater danger if they were day-tripping through Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, DC, South-Central LA, Seattle, Portland, instead of at a diving resort in Palawan.

    By the way, the Abu Sayyaf were NOT targeting Americans in that daring hostage-taking mission. The Burnhams were American missionaries, long-time residents of the Philippines, who were on holiday, in a resort frequented by locals. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Americans have no clue the relative benefits of traveling on a US passport, compared to a 3rd world (Vietnam) passport.

    Linh does know, though. He knows the benefits he receives by maintaining US citizenship, very, very well. He just assumes that Americans will be clueless about this important point, and is right!

    He knows the benefits he received because of that (magical?) trip out of Tan Son Nhut on an American C130.

  314. Polemos says:
    @Anon

    Again, it would be much more meaningful if Linh, along with constantly bad-mouthing the US, just turned in his US passport and got rid of the nasty dollars in his account.

    Part of being a US citizen is the freedom to express one’s distaste for its megalomanic or ponerocratic practices, and part of being a human being is our total freedom to flee and remove one’s self from such influences and to encourage others to do the same —either by turning outwards to the larger worlds of authentic human existence or turning inwards to the spiritual worlds of transcendent indifference, or to any number of alternative orientations other than sympathy with evil, corruption, or psychopathy.

    But more importantly, I think Linh Dinh himself receives special treatment from the people around him because the man is genuine, considerate, observant, and engaging, not because he is a member of the US collective bargaining arrangement. Maybe it’s true that such embodied humanism doesn’t Pay The Bills or open bolted doors of police bureaucracies, and maybe it’s true that US Imperial practices foster some ease for some people in some places at some times (just as it is also true that these practices foster great danger for other people in other places at other times). This is not inconsistent with him noticing and writing a narrative for others to also notice too.

    You said you can say/write what you mean, but you aren’t. You say it would be “much more meaningful” but don’t say what that meaning is, how much more meaning there will be, or why that greater meaning is more desirable than the lesser meaning of benefiting from the US while also disparaging the US. We can roll off a list of people who have land and assets worth millions of dollars who say disparaging things about the US while benefiting from its imperialism —Patrisse Khan-Cullors comes to mind, as one prominent example. Does what she say about the horrors in the history of the US differ substantially from the horrors Linh writes about?

    Actually, yes. Linh has had his life turned upside down because he didn’t comply with the established way of criticizing the US, whereas Khan-Cullors has an art gallery, a YouTube channel encouraging resistance to US governmental policies, access to book and media publishers for whatever proposals she pleases, a teaching position at a private college (at least one), and a few high-priced properties scattered throughout the US. She benefits from the “white supremacist” US protection racket far in excess of however much cash digitally sits in Linh’s bank (or credit union) account, yet she thinks the current political situation in the US is anathema to the health and well-being of BIPOC folks as it is mired in racist and supremacist values and ethics, and she is unafraid to speak her mind or travel freely to engage large audiences on a stage arranged for her to do so. So what’s the difference, then? I think it’s simply that Linh specifies a different group of people whose supremacist values have caused this endemic corruption in the spiritual reality of our United States of America from the group Khan-Cullors identifies, and this group rewards her and marginalizes him.

    Maybe mine’s too simple a conclusion, and maybe it’s not as meaningful to notice this as to notice that Linh, occasionally staying in lightly furnished closets drinking cheap, warm beers while enthusiastically reading his poetry to a lonely webcam and delivering self-deprecating wry observations for a few thousand or fewer people appreciating him enough to hunt for it outside of mainstream access, is a hypocrite lacking self-reflection because he is free (or constrained?) to travel simply but not easily.

    Are you new at reading (also, viewing) his work? Or are you something else?

    • Replies: @Anon
  315. Anon[108] • Disclaimer says:
    @Polemos

    @Polemos
    I’ve read Linh’s articles every now and then, am familiar with his refugee story, but do not know much else about his life in the US, his career, his work, or poetry. Generally, I’ve found Linh’s writing to be interesting and insightful.

    However, for this issue, details of his background aren’t really important. His utter lack of self-awareness is the issue.

    “Thieu discovered too late that Uncle Sam was as slick as the Commies when it came to mendacity and duplicity”

    Ok, but what about you, Linh? How did you get on the American C130 out of Tan Son Nhut? How did you get to America? How did you grow up to speak perfect American English? How do you traipse around the world on an American passport? How do you pay for it all with American dollars?

    That’s the issue. He’s criticizing as “corrupt, lying, and cheating” the system that sincerely, honestly, and with warm hearts, open hands, and open checkbook welcomed him (and I assume his family, as well) into our society and culture. Not only DID the system do all that for him, the system CONTINUES to provide him a nice warm bubble (American passport and dollars) from within which he floats around the world criticizing the nastiness of that bubble!

    If it’s so horrible, Linh, why not renounce your American citizenship, and take back your Vietnamese citizenship? Your travels will abruptly cease, as you’ll be unable to enter pretty much every country on earth, but you’ll still be able to bitterly critique your former home.

    So, yeah, I’m sure Linh has a great backstory–but his lack of self-awareness is striking.

    • Replies: @Druid
  316. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    The JewFlu in so far as it’s a power and money grab,

    Who are the main owners of all pharmaceutical companies? as in who owns Blackrock, SSGA, Capital, Vanguard etc?

    The governments of the world throwing good money after bad benefits who? The jewish banking mafia? perish the thought,

    All that money printing, devaluing every single persons accumulated wealth,

    Yeah it’s the JewFlu, just another psyop to consolidate and increase their global power,

    Just like the Sassoon’s who ran the opium trade in China, these people could care less about the people who die needlessly because of their love of money and power,

    It was others before them, it is them now, and unless America cops on it’s clearly going down, not in the sense that the society will implode into violence and civil strife, more that it will just become a second rate shithole, or more accurately, a bigger shithole than it presently is.

    I have a dog in this fight, I want to emigrate from Ireland to the US, America still has in its heart a revolutionary spirit, it just needs to stand up for itself against those who use your country as a bitch for their wars etc.

    • Replies: @Druid
  317. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Greta Handel

    IOW, immigrants to the USA ought not criticize its government?

    Not quite sure how you came away with that from my comment.

    I have no problem at all with ANYONE criticizing the “US government”, past or present. They’ve done lots of stupid evil shit in the name of the people here. It’s when they start pretending that every American agrees with or supports it, and is in turn guilty of the same.

    The point is Linh’s family rightly figured America ( regardless of what they just witnessed in the past 15 or 20 years ) was definitely a better deal than what the Communist’s offered.

    You get it now?

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  318. @GeneralRipper

    Where Linh Dinh and his family have chosen to flee or live has nothing to do with what he has written, nor should it.

    As I’ve said to another commenter in this thread, you seem to be using his immigrant background to say “Love It Or Leave It” while pretending otherwise.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  319. kiwiklown says:

    Polemos @ 323 — Thank you for a beautiful defense of the poet-writer-thinker who chose to speak truth against that vindictively cruel Tribe That Does Not Wish To Be Named.

  320. @Thomasina

    If you do that the reprisals are for your whole lineage up to eternity.

  321. JackOH says:

    FWIW-I’m not sure where the American nativist/triumphalist ad hominem criticism of Linh Dinh comes from under this post. I’ve read his Postcards essays in detail, including detail where I know exactly of the America of which he writes. There’s no finer limner of human sympathy for marginalized Americans living in a contemporary “complexified” America than Mr. Dinh.

    If there is someone better, maybe a commenter would suggest a name.

    I agree that sometimes a writer’s roots may affect one’s judgment of his contribution. I don’t think that’s the case with Mr. Dinh. His writing enjoys broad sympathy among people who don’t give a fuck where he’s from. I’m confident he could have published Postcards under the pseudonym “Bob Smith”, and it wouldn’t have altered the impact one bit. I may be mistaken, but I think Mr. Dinh has achieved some measure of universality, at least in some of the stuff I’ve read.

    • Agree: Tony massey
    • Thanks: Greta Handel
    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  322. Malcolm X says:
    @Jeff

    I’ll go right after you and your heritage Americans succeed in sending back all of the refugees and immigrants that your white elite have facilitated to enter and gain citizenship in the USA. Furthermore, I am only going with my reparations check and political support of the US government like they give to another minority group who was victimized by a holocaust as well. I may want to break free of the White man, but I’m not going empty-handed. If it’s good enough for Israel, it’s good enough for the Black descendants of American slavery.

  323. Malcolm X says:
    @Trinity

    Put the meth pipe down, and take a break!

  324. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Greta Handel

    Where Linh Dinh and his family have chosen to flee or live has nothing to do with what he has written, nor should it.

    Actually, it has a whole lot to do with what he wrote, but you seem determined to pretend otherwise and attach a slogan to it as well.

    I’ll tell you what I find ironic about it though. Linh and his family fled the nation of his birth and came to America to escape Communism. Now he’s done the reverse for pretty much the same reason.

    We all know who’s been truly running the shitshow/clownshow known as the United States of America for at least the last fifty or sixty years, as well as where they came from. Most of them aren’t even shy about their past, or the future they envision for this once great nation and the people who remain here.

    Since you’re fond of old school patriotic American slogans, I’ll leave you with this one:

    “Better Dead than Red”.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  325. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @JackOH

    FWIW-I’m not sure where the American nativist/triumphalist ad hominem criticism of Linh Dinh comes from under this post.

    Oh my!

    What an ugly thing to say.

    LOL

    Probably just some unsophisticated, unvaccinated, trailer dwelling KKK types. I wouldn’t get too worked up about it. Merrick Garland and his (((Department of JustUs))) are rooting those goddamn terrorists out as we speak. Thank Christ!

  326. @GeneralRipper

    The paragraph in your comment that drew my attention, in two parts:

    [1] I pretty much agree with most of what Linh has to say here, and I’m quite sure he doesn’t hate the common American (as many here do),

    ———

    [2] but I’m curious if he thinks his family would have been better off staying in Vietnam and taking their chances with the Communists.

    IOW, immigrants to the USA ought not criticize its government.

    Thanks for helping to inspire his next column.

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  327. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Greta Handel

    What sort of mental gymnastics are required to go from those statements and then come to your conclusion?

    Perhaps you could break it down for me.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  328. @GeneralRipper

    Sorry, but I’ve done my best. Just read through our exchange, thinking why you wrote what you did.

    What did you think of his next column?

    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
  329. GeneralRipper [AKA "The Griffins"] says:
    @Greta Handel

    Sorry, but I’ve done my best. Just read through our exchange, thinking why you wrote what you did.

    Not the most eloquent admission of defeat I’ve had the pleasure of reading, but it’ll do.

    • Replies: @Greta Handel
  330. jimothy says:
    @Tsigantes

    I’d rather be in ANY other European country than Albania

  331. jimothy says:
    @Chris Mallory

    I’d be happy to trade your ilk for a whole boat load of Vietnamese

    worthless white trash

  332. @GeneralRipper

    Okay, then, we’re done here.

    So what did you think of his next column?

  333. Biff says:
    @Anon

    A Vietnamese citizen, traveling on a Vietnamese passport, spending Vietnamese Dong would very likely not even be allowed in most of the countries that Linh visits. Not only that, but it’s unlikely that Linh (not sure how he earned his money that he uses to fund his travels now, but he talks about spending time in blue collar bars, etc, so guessing he was some sort of skilled labor), had he remained in Vietnam and pursued the same sort of career, would even be able to dream of traipsing around the world criticizing the USA.

    I think Linh mentioned once(could be wrong) that he would still be living/working in America if he wasn’t ostracized by the academic institutions where he made his living, after speaking truth to power.

    There are many wealthy Vietnamese traveling the world and they are getting on just fine.

    An American traveling abroad is according massively positive treatment BECAUSE he is an American, because of the passport he holds, because he has a Visa credit card drawing on an American bank. Americans abroad (although 99.9% of them don’t realize it) get special treatment by locals in everything.

    Ha ha ha ha. Where I live, because I’m American(farang is the local term) the price of everything goes up. That’s special treatment all right.

    • Replies: @Anon
  334. Anon[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @Biff

    “…ostracized by the academic institutions where he made his living…”

    Ok, that’s even worse–he was/is an academic.

    “There are many wealthy Vietnamese traveling the world and they are getting on just fine.”

    Really? What’s your data on that? Vietnam’s passport is ranked 82 out of 107 for “freedom of travel.” That means Linh can enter 175 countries without a visa, traveling on his US passport, and just 32 countries require a visa. On a Vietnamese passport, he’d need a visa to enter 156 countries, and just 53 allow him in without a visa. Huge difference.
    Are there wealthy Vietnamese who are “getting on just fine”? Sure! But that’s not the point. The point is that Linh is vastly better off traveling on an American passport.

    “Ha ha ha ha. Where I live, because I’m American(farang is the local term) the price of everything goes up. That’s special treatment all right.”

    Are you that ignorant? You think that foreigners in Thailand do not get special treatment? You may pay higher prices at times, but if you’d open your eyes, you’d find that “Americans abroad (although 99.9% of them don’t realize it) get special treatment by locals.” Or do you think you really are attractive and sexy to the 20 year old girls who throw themselves at you when you walk down Pattaya?

    A little self-awareness wouldn’t hurt you either, Biff!

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Greta Handel
  335. Biff says:
    @Anon

    Or do you think you really are attractive and sexy to the 20 year old girls who throw themselves at you when you walk down Pattaya?

    It’s almost like Godwin’s law…. When you run out of logic for your argument it immediately turns to the sex industry in Thailand – I’m sure you could’ve fit Hitler in there somewhere too.

  336. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    WE MUST raise more of a stink to FREE Julian Assange !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
  337. @Anon

    World class trolling

    Ok, that’s even worse–he was/is an academic.

    Are you that ignorant?

    A little self-awareness wouldn’t hurt you either, Biff!

    unless you believe it.

  338. Anon[284] • Disclaimer says:

    Biff,

    “It’s almost like Godwin’s law…. When you run out of logic for your argument it immediately turns to the sex industry in Thailand – I’m sure you could’ve fit Hitler in there somewhere too.”

    Squeal away! I simply pointed out to you that the scales of pro/con are very much on the side of benefit to an American in Thailand. You whined about having to pay more because you’re a foreigner. Nothing illogical there, Biff.

    Maybe reality and truth hurts? I’ve spent half my adult life in foreign countries, including most of that time in Southeast Asia. You can’t b.s. a b.s.er, Biff. If you don’t realize the benefits you’re gaining by your race and citizenship in Thailand, you, too should pause for self-reflection.

    Again, the point here is that Linh enjoys traipsing around the world in the bubble his American citizenship confers, and the value he receives by spending American dollars. A little introspection on Linh’s part would be useful and maybe help him. He’s clearly bitter about something or other that happened to him in the US. Maybe if he cut the cord, and reverted to the citizenship of his native country, it might make his criticism more honest.

  339. @restless94110

    I’m going to have a look at the cycle theories of mankind now 😉

    It’s amazing how cruel and inhuman people can be when they perceive you to be an outlier,

    I was refused service in a small shop recently, I don’t wear a mask but would be in the shop little more than 90 seconds buying a six pack of beer,

    Nah, can’t be served, nobody else in the place, but no, no service for you, a law abiding tax paying citizen of the state (Ireland),

    For sure these people will never wake up.

    We have an uphill battle on our hands now, not sure many understand the gravity of the situation.

    • Replies: @restless94110
  340. Johan says:

    I wonder how many Americans can even identify ten countries on a map, or maybe just five?

    When the American Boot steps on them, they might become somewhat more aware of the rest of the world. This has become the American way of getting to know the other, it’s a practical interest based method of learning which some primitive historical societies also used.

  341. Johan says:

    I know a highly educated person from the US who is humane and intelligent. Upon long term frustrations in doing business dealings in a small country that person suddenly said ‘ I wouldn’t mind if America would take over that country’. Now, I am sure that this remark was not a serious as it sounds, but it is characteristic of a spirit of superiority and aggressive self assertion which is US American. A spirit which lives not only in a few people in the very top of the hierarchy.

    When the American Boot goes abroad to the rest of the world, and they discover something that resists, they learn collectively at home that ‘the other’ exists.

  342. @Da's Reich

    Well, it it’s any comfort, a cafe (or a shop) somewhere in the US, who listed prominent signs in its windows that it would charge 50 dollars extra if you the customer objected to wearing a mask and 75 dollars if they had to listen to you the customer explain why you weren’t wearing a mask (your reasons), just closed their doors.

    Get woke, go broke, may be the final solution to this madness.

    I mean I don’t watch hardly any movies any longer. I’m sick of TV series that have some wimpy male and all of these bossy know-it-all bitches. Why watch any sports at all either? (By the way, we need to being “diversity” to the NFL and the NBA–only 12 percent black people allowed, the rest mostly white).

    Why would I buy Gilette or Coke or any of t he other woke corps?

    Get woke.
    Go broke.

  343. Druid says:
    @GeneralRipper

    I agree with him about Anglin.

  344. Druid says:
    @Alexandros

    Your own are owned lock, stock and barrel by the neocons, corporations, etc. it takes an “outsider” to see the stupidity, like yours! You’re so in the thick of it, you can’t see beyond.

  345. Druid says:
    @Anon

    And after your tirades snout Linh that we’re subjected to, why don’t you just bugger off. Linh is a far better man than you.

    • Replies: @Anon
  346. Druid says:
    @Da's Reich

    America is currently the victim of a dastardly tribe with a revolutionary spirit. What’s needed is people with anti-revolutionaries to counterthis satanic revolutionaries!

  347. @mephisto

    Sushi was invented in China, you fucking moron.

    Japanese names are written in Chinese. Where the fuck do you think the japs came from to their forsaken island if not from mainland China?

    We will liberate Japan from America and make them learn Chinese again.

  348. Anon[978] • Disclaimer says:
    @Druid

    Sorry to hurt your feelings, Druid. Nothing I’ve said is in any way a comparison of my worth as a man and Linh’s worth as a man. If you take it that way, you may want to consider quiet self-reflection also.

    No tirades, just responding to other’s assertions, after making an observation about the irony of Linh surfing the international travel circuit on his American passport, paying with American dollars, all the while writing about how terrible the US is. Sort of like lying in the shade of a durian tree, letting the fruit fall in your mouth, and whining that durian is a terrible fruit. If you don’t like it, get the hell out of the shade, and stop eating it!

    A “better man” might actually put his money where his mouth is, or have the courage of his convictions.

    While I’ve been reading Linh’s articles for a few years now, this exchange in comments here prompted me to look into Linh’s background. Very interesting. Looks like he actually tried to do what I suggested: go back to his native country. Oops! Vietnam didn’t want his style of “art and literature,” and he was censored and considered an enemy of the state! Yeah, that damned America!

    Back to the original point: at some point, one must deal with reality. America is in a sad state of affairs, with a hostile foreign power infiltrated into all aspects of our culture and politics, demanding, and receiving \$10 million a day in Danegeld tribute; manipulating us into fighting never-ending wars for them; disrupting racial relations; and generally destroying our culture and politics. But, here in reality, it’s the best we’ve got, and for now we have a few freedoms left that allow us to work against those malign powers. And Linh is free to travel the world, protected by the American empire. But comparatively speaking, what country is better? Why not find that better place and shed the horrible weight of the terrible country inflicts on you? Oh, he tried that. And was rejected by the Communists. That’s reality.

  349. Mar says:

    Dear Linh,

    I wander why you aren’t still aware that, almost most absolutely, the war is won by whom who initiated it, and the winning fruits of it are the occupation with the immediate and concrete harvesting, or the withdrawal after ploughing and planting the future, as well as, that the war is the ultimate product of power and not of moral, since the moral is the spice and glue with which the power cooks the herding/socializing.

    Mark

  350. @Commentator Mike

    Muslim Filipinos are not really going to distinguish between Americans & British or other Westerners.

    All Westerners are disliked.

    Pretending to be Canadian (And I do a good imitation as an Upper Midwesterner) is not going to help if you are kidnapped in Mindanao.

    It can help in UK or Australia or Europe or Australia to do a good Canadian accent, however.

  351. Rdm says:
    @Jim H

    And Lincoln was not even President of the then United States.

    It was South and North. They used to call United States are, not is.

  352. You do know that Anglin is a Neo-Nazi right?

    He’s celebrating what’s happening in Afghanistan because it’s a humiliating blow to the United States. Because he hates the United States (in its current form) and wishes for its destruction. And he sees the spectacular American failure in Afghanistan as a step in that direction.

    In essence, he doesn’t want to bring America back from Afghanistan. He wants to bring Afghanistan to America.

    • Replies: @Commentator Mike
  353. @Confederate Pregnant Anne Frank

    You do know that Anglin is a Neo-Nazi right?

    He has been many things in the past and that was one of them. You best check if that label sticks to his current incarnation. I don’t think you could even call him a sympathiser of Neo Nazis these days, but he does have something positive to say about individuals of various political colourations including some such.

  354. Wielgus says:
    @gotmituns

    Exactly why I would not join any national armed forces, as once I take the oath I would have to kill whomsoever they told me to kill and not question the reason why. I have relatives who were in the services in WW2 and Vietnam (one killed in the former conflict and another wounded). Arguably WW2 mattered, and might have been national defence, but a land war in Asia?

  355. Atle says:

    Shit. I love Lihn Dihn.

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