Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran, grunt and 100% disabled vet. He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been
carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues. He is active in the
financial industry and is a specialist on global trade. Gordon Duff acts as political and economic advisor to a number of governments in Africa and the Middle East. Gordon Duff
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SO MUCH MORE THAN THE BLOWHARDS, KERRY, McCAIN AND NORTH
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
I got back from Arizona a bit ago, visiting with friends, mostly Vietnam vets. From Veterans Today we had Jim Hanke, Jeff Gates, regular Army and me, as usual, the lone Marine and with our hosts, Navy Seal Hershel Davis. Years ago it would have been talk about POWs and politics. Now its down to motorcycles and single malt. We did get a few minutes in on John McCain as he is running around the state playing war hero to stay in the thieving Senate. Some of us had fought both Kerry and McCain for years as POW advocates.
I could never understand those two, corrupt and heartless bastards. Special Forces Colonel Earl Hopper was most vocal about McCain, Hopper and Sgt. Major John Holland. Colonel Ted Guy wanted McCain jailed as did Holland, they claimed treason. This is what Hopper, veteran of both Korea and Vietnam said before he died (on video):
“Within five or seven days of being captured, McCain made a deal to trade medical care in exchange for highly classified military information including specific details of the package routes for bombing North Vietnam. He also told them the primary bombing targets. We lost 60% more aircraft and men because of the information McCain gave to the North Vietnamese. After about a month things had gotten so bad that we called off bombing North Vietnam.”
Hell, what do I know. Who am I to say that the military is corrupt and that we just ran someone for president with the most serious charges made against him of any member of America’s armed forces in her 234 year history. Maybe McCain is right and all these decorated heroes are liars. Whenever challenged about his record, McCain’s face goes red as a beet and he brings out “Bud Day.” If these leftover blowhards from Vietnam, McCain, Kerry and especially Oliver North, would simply fade away and let the rest of us get past the shame they brought on all of us, we could move on, the few of us still around. With tens of thousands dying of Agent Orange, maybe hundreds of thousands, OK, probably hundreds of thousands at least we have our PTSD to keep us warm. Ah, PTSD, always an issue.
We don’t talk about what we did to the Vietnamese, dumping hundreds of tons of the most powerful carcinogens in the world, right into soil and water table. This is a medical disaster that continues to this day, killing people Americans hate even more than their own veterans, if that is possible. Hell, what do we care anyway, anyone different from us isn’t people anyway. You know what I mean. You can see where this can go, hell, why don’t we take it home! Albanians! Now that’s a group we can all get behind sending away. My mother warned me about the Japanese. Others have said people with brown eyes couldn’t be trusted. We already know people with blue eyes are bad. Let’s get bulldozers and knock down some homes, illegal in every country save one, where, if you are the right religion, you can do anything imaginable.
People and their racial, ethnic and religious ideas, especially when they start to take them seriously, can be tiring.
The Department of Veterans Affairs claims that thousands of Vietnam vets have been found guilty of fraud for falsifying PTSD claims. We checked, this was actually in a Chicago press release some time ago. When our legal advisor, Law Professor Bob Walsh (Vietnam 101st Airborne) got the records through Freedom of Information, it all turned out to be a lie. The claim made then, that the proof was that veterans were filing claims up to 39 years after leaving Vietnam meant they were fakers.
Lets take a moment with this, shall we. By the way, I am always available to testify before congress. I can be both stimulating and entertaining, PTSD rage is quite photogenic. The first time I heard the term Post Traumatic Stress, I had been out of Vietnam twenty five years. Vietnam vets didn’t get Traumatic Brain Injuries or PTSD or even malaria, in fact, if it required medical treatment, in most VA regions, we didn’t get anything at all. Agent Orange cancers were misdiagnosed, undiagnosed and many diseases and disorders related to dioxin poisoning, something I certainly have, are still being looked into. Those of us still around watched our friends die, one by one, while things were being “looked into.”
DUFFSTER AND THE MARVELOUS M-16 E-1
Gulf War vets are experts at waiting for things to be looked into also. When the South African Truth Commission issued a report proving the United States used experimental chemical warfare agents in the Gulf War, a fact kept from our own scientists and medical personnel, the thousands of dead and dying vets from that military action know they have been written off as dead, another “inconvenient truth” as Al Gore would say.
It may be hard for someone outside the United States to understand how a medical disability case for a war veteran can take 25 years. Ah, but you have to know the American post war psyche. The second a war is over, won, lost, it doesn’t matter, soldiers, prisoners of war, missing in action become a burden on society. After all, John Kerry and John McCain did so well, although McCain is the PTSD poster boy of all time. I actually love that about him. That makes one thing anyway.
Do we start by talking about military records. All records of Vietnam vets were destroyed in a fire in 1975. Without records, no help. Hey, it gets better, rules were instituted that the government didn’t have to help veterans find records. When all the burned records showed up decades later, it was a actually very funny. Records weren’t all that was burned. Thus far we have found that 16 million pieces of mail were destroyed, some burned, some shredded, some simply hidden in basements of VA facilities. My old squad leader from Vietnam worked for the VA for 34 years, a division head. He watched them carry mail bags, VA police, to a shredding office every day. When you think of what destroying a single piece of mail could do, cost a child a term of college, cost a widow an insurance payment or simply a destroyed medical diagnosis for an otherwise treatable disease, and multiply that by 16 million or 160 million, we will never know….
Attacking Vietnam vets is all the rage today. With two more wars lost, the survivors of Vietnam are an easy target. Vietnam was an odd war, I suspect all are. As Marines, we slept on the ground, never the same place twice, every night. We ate only C-Rations, often leftovers from World War 2. We all suffered malnutrition as any X-Ray of a combat vet will show. If you know a Vietnam vet, a “ground pounder,” you will also know someone with joint replacements, some from wear and abuse and some from poor diet. You will also see a mouth full of caps, bridgework or false teeth. Hell, a year of living on 30 year old canned peaches could have been worse. It could have been applesauce.
That “hot chow” we see on the war movies, always being slopped out in a rainstorm is actually funny. Thanksgiving, Christmas, same thing, canned spaghetti or lima beans. There were people who lived well, unimaginably well, grew fat, rich, selling food, weapons and narcotics. These were our leaders. The few prosecuted criminal cases have long since been put away. Troops were starved in Vietnam because their food, their uniforms, booths, even malaria pills, were all sold on the black market.
At least that part is still true today. With $300 billion missing in Iraq alone, at least the accounting being attempted although I suspect we have misplaced more like $1.6 trillion dollars or more.
It is hard not to be angry, and I suspect I am being manipulated that way as are so many, when I see our current “volunteer army” being praised and us being horse whipped by the ignorant media. We destroyed the army we sent to Vietnam, killed off 2/3rds of them in their 40s and 50s. Today, with hundreds of billions spent on, well, we aren’t sure, tens of thousands of our troops in the Middle East are on anti-psychotic medications and nearly 400,000 recent vets have applied for disabilty compensation, most for psychiatric disorders. The myth that playstations and stealth bombers can save troops from being destroyed by war is just that, myth.
As the weather gets hotter, I remember more of Vietnam. I remember the m-16 rifle best of all. There was a model, called the M-16 E1, that simply didn’t work. It jammed continually, even worse than the other M-16s, if that is possible. Marines got those. The real M-16s, the M-16A1, was given to the South Vietnamese, or as we would joke, “never fired, dropped only once.” Everything they got was new, .45 caliber pistols which they would sell for $25 and guys would mail home. So what if it took months to get malaria pills distributed? I do so enjoy my malaria but at least I am still around.
I wonder how things are going to be when, perhaps we should say “if” our troops start catching on about the “war on terror.” With our “mainstream press” increasingly fictional, to the point of being amusing, there isn’t going to be much warning. One day those buying the lies will quit paying and the stories will change. The ‘war on terror” will be exposed as the fraud it is, a few false flag attacks, lots of drug money, corruption and a military led by “third stringers” who sold their souls to the ignorant bible thumpers for quick promotions and safe assignments well out of range of combat.
I still remember being told to kill farmers, with a knife if possible, to cause “terror” and end the threat of global communism. Happily, I can assure you we didn’t kill any farmers, not on purpose anyway, not during the day. At night, you never knew who was who. Ah, I picture those days out there with the villagers discussing political theories, Marks, Engels and the moral superiority of capitalism. Killing two million people, 95% of whom were illiterate, because of their obscure political beliefs tied to a 19th century German born philosopher that none of them could name makes sense, I guess. Our new CENTCOM guy, you know, the nutcase taking Petraeus’ place plans on killing everyone in Afghanistan because they wear towels on their heads.
I know alot of those people. I hope he plans on sending “other people” to do his childish bigoted dirtywork or he is going to be getting more than a bit of Afghan foot up his ass. Mattis is his name. He joined the corps, 3rd Marine Division, in 1972. Problem is, 3rd MARDIV left Vietnam in 1969. However, he wears a CAR, Combat Action Ribbon, earned in two subsequent wars, one as a regimental commander and one as a division commander. I would love reading those citations. Mickey Spillane must have written them.
Marines are very particular about the CAR. Of the over 15,000 combat Marines killed in Vietnam, this was their only individual award. We’ll give a Navy Cross to a tree stump but not a CAR.
While writing this, I just got an email from a reader reminding me “The war is over.” No it isn’t. We are still stuck with John McCain and John Kerry, the weasel twins. The dead, maimed and abused are still everywhere, older, sick and dying many of them but not gone yet, not soon enough for 300 million Americans that have forgotten Vietnam. Hey, they have forgotten Iraq (1 and 2) and Afghanistan also. Nobody is waiting for that big win in Afghanistan. A curious few are wondering exactly how we plan on surrendering to the Taliban and marching away with flags held high. As a specialist on the region, heaven forbid, I am watching it all come together. A cease fire, some honest nation building and throwing the thieves and spies, tens of thousands of them, out of Afghanistan and we could have a happy ending.
Ah, I digress. Yes, Vietnam is over. Take the clock back to 1970 when prisons were filling with PTSD vets. Its happening again. President Obama has decided to spend billions putting everyone on disability for PTSD. My own experience, flawed though it is, and certainly not based on any clinical expertise, indicates that our current vets PTSD will kick into high gear in about 15 years. As a Vietnam War combat vet (very different from a Vietnam War vet, only 9% were combat vets) about this. If we think we are treating PTSD, hold on. This is like disarming a time bomb by putting it in a trash bag under our beds.
What led me down this road? Every time Veterans Affairs opens their mouths I feel pushed too far. The idea of putting the lives of Amerias soldiers in the hands of bean counters and neo-con elitists who believe that veterans, represented by unbelievably ineffective service organizations, “fairlyland” outfits, can be silently disposed of offends me. When Bush staffed the Veterans Court of Appeals with neo-con vet haters, he announced, almost as though he had printed it on every billboard in America, that vets were fair game.
Why take care of veterans? Military recruiting is easy now, simply ship our remaining jobs to China, if there are any, crash the real estate markets, loot the banks, leave the economy with the liquidity necessary to restore employment and rebuild communities without printing more counterfeit money, and you will have all the soldiers you need. They can fight or starve.
When they break, drug them and send them back. When that doesn’t work, give them bad conduct discharges, eliminate their benefits and hope the kill themselves.
If you don’t know this was the plan from the beginning, you aren’t paying attention.
But….first, clean up the mess for Vietnam. America owed $500 billion in back benefits to families of Vietnam vets who have been denied EVERYTHING for decades. One of these days, when the TV announcer comes on and tries to pass off a blown up nuclear plant or dirty bomb in a port as a terrorist act, Americans aren’t going to buy it anymore. A country that treats its veterans like dirt isn’t the greatest country in the world. Millions of Americans claim to know nothing. “I know nothing.”
Bibi Netanyahu dropped a list of countries he wanted attacked when he was at the White House with Obama last week. If we are going to be mercenaries working for a pimp, we should expect better pay.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice,
ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made
only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” So said Founding Father and
America’s second President John Adams. And he was absolutely right. And that is what is absolutely wrong with our country today:
America is in a complete moral, societal, and cultural meltdown.
Founding Father and America’s first US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay correctly summarized the reason our new nation (and the
fight for its liberty and independence) was successful. He wrote in Federalist 2, “With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice
that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people–a people descended from the same ancestors,
speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and
customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established
general liberty and independence.”
In other words, a united constitutional republic can only exist within the framework of certain rather narrow and finite conditions.
Remove those conditions and the framework for liberty and limited government falls apart. And the above statements by Adams and Jay
succinctly summarize the conditions necessary for freedom’s framework.
“A Moral And Religious People”
At America’s founding, the principles of Christian philosophy and ideology were universally accepted. The vast majority of the
colonists were churchgoing, Protestant Christians who firmly embraced and respected the sacred principles taught in the Holy Scriptures. In
fact, the reason most colonists placed such a high premium on education was so that children would be able to read and study the Bible for
themselves. It is more than interesting that America’s early educators all centered their curriculum upon the Bible. Include in this
august list Benjamin Harris, publisher of the New England Primer; the “Father of American Education,” Noah Webster; along with
one of early America’s most successful school textbook authors, William Holmes McGuffey.
Beyond that, when we talk about colonial America’s love of worship, we are not talking about what passes for “worship”
in modern America. We are not talking about these Disneyland entertainment villages known as mega-churches. We are not talking about espresso
Sunday Schools or glorified social clubs. We are talking about a place where preachers were bold and powerful proclaimers of truth and where
people went to learn the Word of God (and how to apply it to every walk of life–including politics), not wallow in slurpy, sugary,
shallow sermonettes that do nothing to prepare men for Christian warfare.
I challenge anyone to compare any of the sermons by colonial preachers such as Elisha Williams, Charles Chauncy, Jonathan Mayhew, Isaac
Backus, Samuel Sherwood, John Witherspoon, Jacob Cushing, Samuel Cooper, Samuel Langdon, John Leland, Samuel Miller, Enos Hitchcock, Ebenezer
Baldwin, or Jonathan Edwards with anything preached by Joel Osteen or Rick Warren.
Is it any wonder, then, that one cannot really distinguish the conduct and attitudes of professing Christians from those who make no
Christian profession? Is it any wonder that churchgoing “Christians” seem to be as unkind, as deceitful, as lazy, as greedy, as
unthankful, and as immoral as those who make no pretense regarding their unbelief? In fact, in some cases, those with no Christian profession
put professing Christians to shame in matters of basic morality, decency, and civility. Why? One reason is the fact that the Church as a
whole is no longer “the pillar and ground of the truth.” Rather, it is more commonly regarded as being a Big Business enterprise
that is focused more on political correctness and entertainment than it is on possessing real conviction or spiritual power.
Add to the collapse of spirituality in America’s churches the collapse of morality in America’s culture. We’re talking
about old-fashioned, basic morality. How is it that so many Americans seem to be so ignorant about the simplest moral principles? When did
greed and ambition replace a desire for honest character? When did comfort and ease replace conviction for (and understanding of) good
government? How is it that even “conservatives” have come to look to Washington, D.C., for answers to State or even personal
problems? How is it that the fear of God is no longer relevant when choosing our civil magistrates? How can businessmen continue to sacrifice
the sacred principles of liberty on the altar of financial profits? Are money and wealth really more important than liberty and peace? How
can politicians blatantly disregard their oaths to the Constitution? How can they continue to grovel before special interest groups–and
even foreign interests? How can they–so willingly and easily–violate the liberty principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights and
Declaration of Independence?
Without an understanding of (and an appreciation for) basic morality, America will collapse. Money and military might cannot and will not
replace the time-tested foundations of morality and fidelity. The collapse of basic morality portends the collapse of America itself.
“One United People”
Contrary to what one hears from the politically correct crowd today, unity–not diversity–is the key to America’s
greatness. Jay said that early America was united with the same ancestors, language, religion, and principles of government, manners, and
customs. And he was right.
By and large, America was a Christian nation, speaking the same language, reading the same Bible, worshipping the same God, understanding
(and respecting) the same form of government (a constitutional confederation of free, self-governing states), and embracing the same concepts
of culture (law, nature, manners, etc.).
Thanks to decades of federal dictation, public school indoctrination, and media and entertainment propaganda, the principles that once
united us now divide us. And divided we are! I would even argue that America is hopelessly and helplessly divided. We are no longer united in
our understanding of (or appreciation for) Christianity; we are no longer united in our English language; we are no longer united in our
respect for our ancestors; we are no longer united in our respect for God’s Word; we are no longer united in our respect for the
principles of federalism or constitutional government; and we are no longer united in our appreciation for the fundamental principles of self
reliance, morality, and freedom.
In other words, it is “crystal clear” that America is in the midst of a complete and total spiritual, societal, cultural,
moral, and political meltdown. And what is also abundantly obvious is that as long as Washington, D.C., continues to lord it over us (and who
or what is going to stop it?), it is only a matter of time before the final collapse occurs. And at that point, freedom lovers will be
fighting against their own countrymen for their very lives and liberty.
Accordingly, I think all this talk about “saving America” is largely a complete waste of time and energy. Instead, we need to
be talking about saving our individual states (and the truth is, probably at least half of the states are beyond repair), saving our
families, saving our communities, and saving our individual freedoms. To continue to focus on “saving America” or “changing
Washington, D.C.,” etc., is utter foolishness! Washington, D.C., is not going to change; it is beyond redemption. Forget it! Circle the
wagons around your State; cement your convictions; prepare your family; ready your resolve; and start planning for life after death–the
death of liberty and law in America–because the meltdown of American society and culture has already begun.
Debra White Plume: Keep out! Radioactive Sacrifice Area
Powertech USA Inc. is embarking on a path of destruction from which there is no return. The company plans to start in situ leach mining in
South Dakota’s Custer and Fall River counties that will puncture through four aquifers on the Great Plains and endanger a fragile geologic
As a result of ISL mining planned at the Dewey-Burdock site –
12 miles northwest of Edgemont – we on the Plains must face the threat of groundwater contamination for generations, while the corporate
leaders reside far away in their homelands of Canada and France.
This new corporation has no history of accountability in adhering to environmental laws or in the clean-up of a mined-out area. There are
thousands of reports by mining corporations that document problems trying to contain uranium-laden water at mine sites, according to the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Web site.
Will this new corporation – which will be mining uranium in an area with thousands of improperly abandoned boreholes and fractured
aquifers – have the capacity to contain the radioactive water it plans to pump to the surface through miles and miles of pipe? Pipe which
leaks, according to the NRC.
Powertech plans to start in situ leach mining in South Dakota’s Custer and Fall River counties that will puncture through four aquifers
on the Great Plains and endanger a fragile geologic system.
Powertech knows about the thousands of uncapped boreholes in their mine permit area, and about the horizontal and vertical faults and
fractures between aquifers through which groundwater can spread thorium, radium, arsenic and other contaminants disturbed with ISL
These metals can travel to contaminate clean drinking water which may eventually end up in the pipe that brings drinking water into our
homes, or the garden hose that waters our family gardens. Arsenic and alpha emitters make people sick.
The history of earthquakes in the Black Hills makes ISL uranium mining even more dangerous.
Does Powertech have the finances to pay fines for leaks and spills that other corporations have had to pay or to cleanup? It is not clear
if the company has the resources to pay for cleaning up its mess, or if water can ever be safely restored.
Powertech’s uranium mining applications to the NRC and the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources were deemed
inadequate. But rather than denying the applications, both entities helped revise Powertech’s applications.
The fact that the corporation failed to complete a satisfactory application does not create confidence and makes one wonder about these
governmental entities: Are they here to look out for the well-being of people and the environment, or for the mining corporations?
The opportunity to view the public records of Powertech’s 6,000 page application as limited to Internet availability is prejudicial. It
assumes that everyone has a computer and Internet access and eliminates untold members of the general public.
Let me be clear, this practice impacts the most vulnerable: The poor and the isolated.
The Dewey-Burdock area is in 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty Territory and in a place sacred to the Lakota People: The Black Hills, the heart of
everything that is. The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty was ratified by Congress and was never amended. Under international law it is our land.
Our ancestors fought the United States, and many people died, to protect the Black Hills and our homelands. There are hundreds of places
in the proposed mining area that have been identified as archeological, historical and cultural sites.
Will this new corporation have the capacity to contain the radioactive water it plans to pump to the surface through miles and miles of
There are tipi rings, stone cairns, graves; there are eagle nests there which need protection. For a corporation to have more rights than
human beings is a violation of our basic human rights.
To keep us away from a sacred place is to kill our people and way of life. What kind of government makes such laws that allow a
corporation to turn this into a “National Sacrifice Area?”
The laws of the United States, the NRC regulations, and the individuals who sit behind those desks can honor treaty law, the life way of
the Lakota, environmental laws, and demonstrate respect for Mother Earth by denying Powertech USA Inc.’s application to mine uranium.
After Powertech has mined for 20 years, used billions of gallons of water, fouled our aquifers and land, and completed processing its
yellow cake imported from Wyoming, Powertech’s board of directors and shareholders will remove the pumps that keep radioactive water
“contained,” cap the deep disposal wells storing billions of gallons of radioactive waste, dismantle its buildings for shipment to a nuclear
waste dump, lay off the handful of local employees, close its Hot Springs Office, and enjoy their profits back in their home offices in
Canada and France.
The NRC staff will file away the paperwork of the Dewey-Burdock Uranium Mine – our homelands. Will the file tab read “Radioactive, Keep
Debra White Plume is an Oglala Lakota author, artist, and activist from the beautiful Pine Ridge homelands.
The preceding story first appeared on Indian Country Today
We will never forget. Explosion or collapse? How could they wire the buildings for demolition? Construction and power downs in the weeks before? View this and come to your own conclusion from footage they don't want you to see.
1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at
Wal-Mart , every hour
of every day.
2. This works out to $20,928 in sales
3. Wal-Mart will sell more from January 1 to St. Patrick's Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.
Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.
5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the
world's largest private employer, and most speak English.
6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.
Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.
8. During this
same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.
9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the
10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years
11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth's population is approximately
12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.
You may think that I am complaining, but I am
really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.
This should be
read and understood by all Americans Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!
To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the
It is now
official you are ALL corrupt morons:
Now for the Morons:
A.. The U.S. Postal Service was
established in 1775. You have had 234 years to get it right and it is broke.
B.. Social Security was established in
1935. You have had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
C.. Fannie Mae was established in
1938. You have had 71 years to get it right and it is broke.
D.. War on Poverty started in 1964.
You have had 45 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want
E.. Medicare and Medicaid were
established in 1965. You have had 44 years to get it right and they are broke.
F.. Freddie Mac was established in
1970. You have had 39 years to get it right and it is broke.
G.. The Department of Energy was
created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we
import more oil than ever before. You had 32 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
You have FAILED in every "government
service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars.
AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH
Delayed until after the United States achieved a United Nations Security Council statement on July 9 condemning the sinking of a South
Korean warship in March, Washington’s plans for naval maneuvers in the Yellow Sea near Chinese territorial waters are forging
The joint exercises with South Korea, as news sources from the latter nation have recently disclosed, will be conducted on both sides of
the Korean Peninsula, not only in the Yellow Sea as previously planned but also in the Sea of Japan. (Referred to in the Korean press as the
West and East Seas, respectively.) Confirmation that the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington will participate has
further exacerbated concerns in Northeast Asia and raised alarms over American intentions not only vis-a-vis North Korea but China as
An exact date for the war games has not yet been announced, but is expected to be formalized no later than when U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates arrive in the South Korean capital of Seoul on July 21.
For weeks now leading Chinese foreign ministry and military officials have condemned the U.S.-led naval exercises, branding them a threat
to Chinese national sovereignty and to peace and stability in the region.
China’s influential Global Times wrote on July 12 that “The eventuality that Beijing has to prepare for is close at hand. The
delayed US-South Korean naval exercise in the Yellow Sea is now slated for mid-July. According to media reports, a nuclear-powered US
aircraft carrier has left its Japanese base and is headed for the drill area.” 
Permanently based in Yokosuka, Japan, the USS George Washington is an almost 100,000-ton supercarrier: “The nuclear carrier,
commissioned in 1992, is the sixth Nimitz-class vessel, carrying some 6,250 crew and about 80 aircraft, including FA-18 fighter jets and E-2C
Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft.” 
The F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic, multirole jet fighter (F/A is for Fighter/Attack) and one of its primary roles is destroying an
adversary’s air defenses. The E-2C Hawkeye has been described as the “eyes and ears” of American carrier strike groups,
being equipped with long-range surveillance radar.
In addition to the nuclear aircraft carrier, “an Aegis-equipped destroyer, an amphibious assault ship, about four 4,500-ton
KDX-II-class destroyers, the 1,800-ton Son Won-il-class submarine and F-15K fighter jets are expected to join the exercise.” 
U.S. Aegis class warships (destroyers and cruisers) are equipped for Standard Missile-3 anti-ballistic interceptor missiles, part of a
U.S.-led Asia-Pacific (to date, along with the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia) and ultimately international interceptor
The F-15K (“Slam Eagle”) is a state-of-the-art multirole (used for both aerial combat and ground attack) jet fighter
supplied to South Korea by the U.S.
The presence of a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier and scores of advanced American and South Korean warplanes off the coast of China in the
Yellow Sea – and near Russia’s shore in the Sea of Japan if the Washington is deployed there – qualitatively and
precariously raises the level of brinkmanship in Northeast Asia.
The drumbeat of confrontation has been steadily increasing in volume and tempo since the sinking of a South Korean corvette, the Cheonan,
on March 26 with the resultant death of 46 crew members.
An investigation into the incident was organized by the U.S. and included experts from the U.S., South Korea, Britain, Australia and
Sweden, but not from China and Russia which both border the Korean Peninsula. On May 20 the five-nation team released a report blaming a
North Korean torpedo for the sinking of the Cheonan. North Korea denied the accusation and neither Russia nor China, excluded from the
investigation, have concurred with the U.S. accusation.
American provocations escalated dramatically at the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Toronto on June 27 when U.S. President Barack Obama (in
his own words) held a “blunt” conversation with China’s President Hu Jintao, accusing him and his nation of “willful
blindness” in relation to North Korea’s “belligerent behavior.” Upbraiding his Chinese counterpart, Obama stated,
“I think there’s a difference between restraint and willful blindness to consistent problems.” (On the same occasion Obama
praised South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak for his “extraordinary restraint.”)
“My hope is that president Hu will recognise as well that this is an example of Pyongyang going over the line.”
President Hu and the Chinese government as a whole would be fully justified in suspecting that mounting U.S. threats are aimed not only
(and perhaps not so much) against North Korea as against China itself.
Beijing is not alone in entertaining suspicions that Washington is employing the sinking of the Cheonan as the pretext for achieving
broader geopolitical objectives. On July 14 Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in speaking of the Cheonan incident and its
aftermath, pleaded: “I believe that the most important [concern] at the present time is to ease the situation, avoid agitation,
escalation of emotions and start preparing conditions for the resumption of the six-party [North Korea, South Korea, China, Russia, the U.S.
and Japan] talks.” 
Portraying the UN Security Council statement on the matter last week (which was not the harsh condemnation of North Korea Washington had
pushed for) as being a balanced one, he also said, “It is important that nobody tries to distort the evaluations given.”
In addition, referring to North Korea’s latest reaffirmation of its willingness to jointly investigate the
Cheonan’s sinking with South Korea, Lavrov said: “This statement is not new. From the very beginning the DPRK confirmed
it wanted to participate in the investigation.
“I hear, the sides were to agree on some format of interaction.” 
When on June 27 President Obama stated “our main focus right now is in the U.N. Security Council making sure that there is a
crystal-clear acknowledgement that North Korea engaged in belligerent behavior that is unacceptable to the international community”
, his characterization of the latter entity excluded not only North Korea but China and Russia as well.
The severity and urgency of mounting U.S. threats is illustrated in a recent column by Shen Dingli, executive dean of the Institute of
International Studies and director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. His comments end with a frightening
parallel and a dire warning:
“The US and South Korea are implementing joint military exercises this month in the Yellow Sea, with the possibility of deploying
the US aircraft carrier George Washington.
“The running of such exercises so close to China’s waters has left China strongly, and rightfully, dissatisfied.
“The US and South Korea may argue that the exercise is not in China’s territorial waters, so China has no right to
“However, even if the joint exercises are not in Chinese sovereign waters, they may take place in the waters of China’s
interests as the international waters [in the] Yellow Sea near China’s exclusive economic zone are extremely important to China’s
“Given the sophisticated equipment it carries, the George Washington poses a real potential threat to Chinese territory.
“Even if the US-South Korea military exercises are outside China’s territory, the striking power of the US nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier also poses a serious threat to neighboring countries.
“The US and South Korea have said the military exercises are being held in order to deter North Korea because of the sinking of the
South Korean Cheonan corvette and the death of 46 South Korean sailors.
“But the case for the possible North Korean sinking of the Cheonan has not been thoroughly established.
“South Korea refused to let North Korean officials present their case against the evidence for their supposed complicity in the
“When South Korea launched the so-called international survey, it refused the participation of China and other countries, which did
not increase the credibility of the so-called findings.
“These exercises are needlessly provocative, and will eventually backfire on the US and South Korea.
“During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when the Soviet Union established nuclear missile bases on the island, the US objected to
the close proximity of the Soviet weaponry even though they traveled only through international waters to reach Cuba, and the US set up a
blockade to stop them being deployed.
“When the US ponders the idea of deploying its nuclear aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea, very close to China, shouldn’t
China have the same feeling as the US did when the Soviet Union deployed missiles in Cuba?
“China may not have the military strength to forcibly prevent such exercises now, but it may do so in response to such provocative
actions in the future.” 
The only surviving head of state involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, has issued several warnings
lately that a U.S. and allied attack on North Korea (and Iran) could result in regional conflagration and even nuclear war.
A Chinese commentary last week provided more details of the threat that a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier off its shore will pose to the
nation and also contained a blunt warning, stating “the anxiety on the Chinese side will be huge if a US aircraft carrier enters
the sea connecting the Korean Peninsula and China – it would mean that major cities like Dalian, Qingdao, Tianjin and even Beijing are
within US attack range.
“At this stage, China may not react through a show of force to the US fleet cruising into the international waters of the Yellow
Sea. But it does not mean that the Chinese people will tolerate it. Whatever harm the US military maneuver may inflict upon the mind of the
Chinese, the United States will have to pay for it, sooner or later.” 
Washington’s recent deployment of two nuclear-powered guided missile submarines to China’s neighborhood – the USS
Michigan to South Korea and the USS Ohio to the Philippines  – only add to China’s concerns.
As do the ongoing U.S.-led Angkor Sentinel exercises in Cambodia with over 1,000 troops from 26 nations, including American and NATO and
Asian NATO partners like Britain, France, Germany and Italy (along with the U.S., the NATO Quint) and Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and
Mongolia. The last country, wedged between China and Russia, is being integrated into the American global military network, even supplying
troops to serve under NATO in Afghanistan. 
“This is the first time in the history of the Cambodian military that we are hosting [exercises] with the participation of many
countries…which encompasses such a multi-national military basis,” a Cambodian general said of the training. 
“Addressing the ceremony, US Ambassador Carol Rodley said Washington remained committed to enhancing its military relationship with
Cambodia. She added that Angkor Sentinel provided a ‘unique opportunity’ to deepen the two countries’ friendship.” 
Cambodia is only once removed from China, the two nations connected by both Laos and Vietnam.
An Agence France-Presse dispatch reported “The United States and Laos pledged to step up cooperation after their
highest-level talks since the Vietnam War, the latest country in a renewed US effort to engage Southeast Asia,” after Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton met with Laotian Foreign Minister Thongloun Sisoulith in Washington, D.C. on July 13.
Sisoulith, also his country’s deputy prime minister, is the first major Laotian official to visit the U.S. since before 1975.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters “The United States is committed to building our relationship with Laos as
part of our broader efforts to expand engagement with Southeast Asia,” and Agence France-Presse added “President Barack
Obama’s administration has put a new focus on Southeast Asia, saying the region was overlooked as George W. Bush’s former
administration became preoccupied with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 
Next week Clinton will visit Afghanistan, Pakistan, Vietnam and South Korea. The first three countries border China and South Korea faces
it across the Yellow Sea. The Pentagon and NATO have ensconced themselves in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Central Asian nations of
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, all five of which border western China. 
Clinton will visit Vietnam to attend meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Lower Mekong Initiative
(consisting of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam).
The State Department’s Vietnam hand, Joe Yun, said that it will be part of “Secretary Clinton’s fourth trip to East Asia in
the past year.
“Her engagement in this region demonstrates the vital importance of the Asia-Pacific region, and especially Southeast Asia, to the
future of the United States.”
Fellow Southeast Asian nation Malaysia has just announced the deployment of its first military contingent to assist NATO’s war in
Afghanistan, “as ties with the United States deepen.”
“In an April meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and US President Barack Obama, the two leaders agreed to
cooperate on key security issues to create a stronger relationship.” 
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently toured the Mountain Home Air Base in the American state of Idaho where 400
of his country’s pilots and other service members and their families are now stationed. “The Singapore military personnel will be
at the US base for the next 20 years or so.”  Singapore troops have been assigned to NATO in Afghanistan and are facing a long stay
Malaysia and Singapore are currently participating for the first time in the mammoth U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) war games in the
Pacific which will continue into August.
To indicate to what purpose the U.S. is “expanding engagement” with Vietnam in particular and Southeast Asia in general, the
aforementioned Yun revealed that “we also look to Vietnam as ASEAN’s Chair to exercise leadership, including in sensitive areas such as
North Korea’s attack on the South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan. We would like to see Vietnam exercise its influence to press for a
genuine dialogue so that the people of Burma can work with the existing government to move forward, and to press Burma on the need to fully
implement UN Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874. Burma ought to be transparent with the international community in its dealings with
North Korea.” 
North Korea and Burma (Myanmar) are, like Vietnam, southern neighbors of China’s and along with the seclusive kingdom of Bhutan are
the only nations near China with which the U.S. is not cultivating closer military ties.
Also to China’s south, its giant neighbor India has been pulled deeper into the Pentagon’s orbit since the New Framework For
The U.S.-India Defense Relationship was signed in June of 2005, including hosting U.S. warships, warplanes and troops for annual Malabar war
games off its coasts. Last December U.S. Pacific Command chief Admiral Robert Willard stated that the Pentagon and India “are in talks
to convert their bilateral Malabar series of naval exercises into a joint services war game involving their navies, air forces and marine
commandos.” [18) This year's Malabar 2010 included a U.S. guided missile cruiser and frigate and two destroyers as well as a fast
Last October over 1,000 U.S. and Indian troops participated in the Yudh Abhyas 2009 military exercises in India, which was the first
time the Pentagon deployed a Stryker armored combat brigade outside the Iraqi and Afghan war theaters. "The size and scope of this combined
exercise is unparalleled" , stated an American commander present for the war games.
President Obama is scheduled to visit India in November and his trip there will “result in some 5 billion dollars worth of American
arms sales to India….Observers point out that the role of India’s biggest arms supplier is shifting from Russia to the United
The arms transactions are reported to include Patriot interceptor missiles, thus complementing comparable missile shield arrangements the
U.S. has with Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia in the Asia-Pacific area.
The projected deal also includes Washington supplying Delhi with 10 Boeing C-17 military transport planes: “Once India gets the C-17
transport aircraft, the mobility of its forces stationed along the border with China will be improved….[The] arms sales will improve
ties between Washington and New Delhi, and, intentionally or not, will have the effect of containing China’s influence in the
The U.S. has also lately led joint military exercises in Bangladesh and East Timor, and the annual U.S.-organized Khaan Quest military
exercises in Mongolia are to start next month.
A recent article in the China Times by an unidentified researcher with the Chinese navy’s military academy observed that “the
US has seemingly become less restrained in its move to push forward an Asian version of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with its
allies in the region.
“In so doing, Washington has harbored the obvious strategic intention of containing China – whose economic and strategic
influence has kept increasing in the international arena….” 
It is against that backdrop, in the context of Washington putting the finishing touches to the consolidation of an Asian analogue of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization, that China is being challenged in the Yellow Sea.
The last-cited source detailed the Pentagon’s encroachment near China’s borders:
“The radius of the US military operation has expanded to more than 1,000 kilometers, which means a US military mission in the waters
off the ROK [South Korea] can still constitute a huge deterrence to China and other countries along the nearby coastline and strike at
strategic targets deep inside their territories.
“With unchallenged armed forces, the US has never relented in its efforts towards long-planned strategic adjustment in the
Asia-Pacific region. Under this strategy, the US has gradually increased the presence and activity of its warships and airplanes in
China’s surrounding maritime area.” 
Regarding the naval exercise with the U.S., South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae recently affirmed that “We can say that it
will take place sometime this month. This month, there are a variety of schedules concerning bilateral security and diplomatic issues, and
the decision on the exercise will be made in consideration of those schedules.” 
China, which conducted a live-fire naval exercise in the East China Sea from June 30-July 5 “in an apparent show of…force
ahead of the [U.S.-South Korean] exercise…appears unnerved as the 97,000-ton [USS George Washington] carrier has an operational range
of some 1,000 kilometers and can glean intelligence on military facilities and installments along China’s eastern coastal regions once it is
deployed in the West [Yellow] Sea.” 
The U.S. armed forces newspaper Stars and Stripes disclosed on July 14 that “In what the Pentagon says is a direct response to North
Korea’s sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, the U.S. and South Korea likely will agree to a series of new naval and air
exercises next week, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton make a joint visit to Seoul.” 
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell was cited asserting that “The announcement is the result of direct instruction from President
Barack Obama to find new ways to collaborate with…Korean counterparts following the attack….He would not offer specifics other
than they would occur in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.”
In his own words, Morrell said “We are not yet ready to announce the precise details of those exercises but they will involve a wide
range of assets and are expected to be initiated in the near future.” 
Gates and Clinton are to meet for the first bilateral talks with their South Korean counterparts Minister of National Defense Kim
Tae-young and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan on July 21 and, according to the Pentagon spokesman, will “discuss and likely approve a
proposed series of US/ROK combined military exercises.” 
Regarding concerns voiced by China about the U.S. advancing its military so near its coast, Morrell said that “Those determinations
are made by us, and us alone….Where we exercise, when we exercise, with whom and how, using what assets and so forth, are
determinations that are made by the United States Navy, by the Department of Defense, by the United States government.” 
There is no way that such confrontational, arrogant and vulgar language was not understood at its proper value in Beijing. Nor is the
prospect, as noted by Lee Su-seok, analyst at South Korea’s Institute for National Security Strategy, of “the involvement of a
U.S. aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea as having a possible link to plans by the U.S. to defend Taiwan”  likely to go
What the response to the U.S.’s increasingly more brash and adventurist policy might be was indicated in a recent Chinese editorial,
which stated in part:
“In their recent responses, several high-ranking Chinese navy officials have made it plain that China will not stay in
‘hands-off’ mode as the drill gets underway. For that will make the US believe that China’s defense circle on the sea is
small, and, therefore, US fleets will be able to freely cruise over the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea in the future.
“Military experts have warned that if the joint drill really takes place off the western coast of South Korea, Chinese airplanes and
warships will very likely go all the way out to closely watch the war game maneuvers. Within such proximity on not-so-clearly-marked
international waters, any move that is considered hostile to the other side can willy-nilly trigger a rash reaction, which might escalate
into the unexpected or the unforeseen.
“One false move, one wrong interpretation, is all it would take for the best-planned exercises to go awry….The impact of a
crisis on that scale would be tremendous, making any dispute over trade or the yuan’s value between the two in recent years pale in
comparison….Tension is mounting over the US-South Korean joint exercise. Beijing and Washington still have time, and leeway, to desist
from moving toward a possible conflict on the Yellow Sea.” 
A similar warning was sounded in another major Chinese daily:
“If the US and ROK continue to act willfully by holding the controversial military drill, it would pose a challenge to China’s
safety and would inevitably provoke a huge backlash from Chinese citizens.
“Today’s China is no longer the China of a century ago that had no choice but to bend to imperialist aggression. After decades
of development, especially since the adoption of the reform and opening-up policies, China has become the world’s third largest economy
and possesses a modern military capable of any self-defense missions.” 
When Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton arrive in Seoul on July 21 it will formally be to mark the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the
Korean War, which within three months drew China into the fighting.
When the two American secretaries meet with South Korea’s defense and foreign ministers and, as State Department spokesman Philip
Crowley recently claimed, “likely approve a proposed series of U.S. and Korea combined military exercises, including new naval and air
exercises in both the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea” , the world should prepare for the threat of a second Korean war, a second
U.S.-China armed conflict.
1) Global Times, July 12, 2010
2) Korea Herald, July 13, 2010
4) Russian Information Agency Novosti, July 14, 2010
5) Itar-Tass, July 14, 2010
6) White House, June 27, 2010
11) Xinhua News Agency, July 12, 2010
12) Phnom Penh Post, July 13, 2010
13) Agence France-Presse, July 14, 2010
14) Afghan War: Petraeus Expands U.S. Military Presence Throughout Eurasia
Stop NATO, July 4, 2010
15) Radio Netherlands, July 15, 2010
16) Channel News Asia, July 12, 2010
17) VietNamNet, July 15, 2010
18) Press Trust of India, December 4, 2009
19) Embassy of the United States in India, October 19, 2009
20) Voice of Russia, July 11, 2010
21) Economic Times via Global Times, July 13, 2010
22) China Daily, July 12, 2010
24) Korea Herald, July 13, 2010
26) Stars and Stripes, July 14, 2010
28) Agence France-Presse, July 14, 2010
30) JoongAng Daily, July 12, 2010
31) Global Times, July 12, 2010
32) China Daily, July 12, 2010
33) Yonhap News Agency, July 15, 2010