How the D-Day Invasion Would Be Reported By Today’s US Media
NORMANDY, FRANCE (June 6, 1944) Three hundred French civilians were killed and thousands more were wounded today in the first hours of America’s invasion of continental Europe. Casualties were heaviest among women and children. Most of the French casualties were the result of artillery fire from American ships attempting to knock out German fortifications prior to the landing of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops. Reports from a makeshift hospital in the French town of St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse than the French had anticipated, and that reaction against the American invasion was running high. “We are dying for no reason, “said a Frenchman speaking on condition of anonymity. “Americans can’t even shoot straight. I never thought I’d say this, but life was better under Adolph Hitler.”
The invasion also caused severe environmental damage. American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery destroyed miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of ecologically sensitive wetlands. It was believed that the habitat of the spineless French crab was completely wiped out, thus threatening the species with extinction. A representative of Greenpeace said his organization, which had tried to stall the invasion for over a year, was appalled at the destruction, but not surprised. “This is just another example of how the military destroys the environment without a second thought,” said Christine Moanmore. “And it’s all about corporate greed.”
Contacted at his Manhattan condo, a member of the French government-in-exile who abandoned Paris when Hitler invaded, said the invasion was based solely on American financial interests. “Everyone knows that President Roosevelt has ties to ‘big beer’,” said Pierre Le Wimp. “Once the German beer industry is conquered, Roosevelt’s beer cronies will control the world market and make a fortune.”
Administration supporters said America’s aggressive actions were based in part on the assertions of controversial scientist Albert Einstein, who sent a letter to Roosevelt speculating that the Germans were developing a secret weapon — a so-called “atomic bomb.” Such a weapon could produce casualties on a scale never seen before and cause environmental damage that could last for thousands of years. Hitler has denied having such a weapon and international inspectors were unable to locate such weapons even after spending two long weekends in Germany. Shortly after the invasion began, reports surfaced that German prisoners had been abused by American soldiers. Mistreatment of Jews by Germans at their so-called “concentration camps” has been rumored, but so far this remains unproven.
Several thousand Americans died during the first hours of the invasion, and French officials are concerned that the uncollected corpses will pose a public-health risk. “The Americans should have planned for this in advance,” they said. “It’s their mess, and we don’t intend to help clean it up.”
The invasion is blamed on Roosevelt’s hawkish military advisers and the influence of British Prime Minister Churchill, who have repeated ignored calls for a negotiated settlement to end the war and who have reportedly rejected peace overtures from Germany through several neutral parties. Instead, the Roosevelt administration and its allies have chosen to insist on maintaining their extreme policy of demanding unconditional surrender.
There have been notable voices of opposition from sports figures and celebrities decrying the horrific violence and saying that this is not who we are.
From One of My West Point Classmates in Honduras
In our last newsletter I posted a letter from one of my classmates who is currently in Honduras. Here’s his final letter; he has now left that nation. This letter was written this month.
Unreported is the fact that on a daily basis 3 to 6 aircraft (from the US and some from Mexico) bring back caravan people. Last Friday there were 3 aircraft (two US, and one Mexico) that brought back somewhere between 600 to 700 people.
Local papers report that the caravan is being infiltrated by Africans from various countries, Cubans, Venezuelans, Middle East and Chinese. Some of these bribe local authorities and get a Honduran passport. Yesterday they found a group of Africans in San Antonio that nobody knew where they came from. Well, I think I know where they came from.
There are jobs for educated (specially English-speaking people) in Honduras. Work is available in Maquilas (mainly textiles like jockey, brassiere makers, T-shirts, etc.), tourism, and call centers (Comcast has a pretty large call center in San Pedro Sula). Unemployment is however high because a large part of the population has limited skills and is not well educated.
The caravans are composed mostly of these low skilled and uneducated individuals.
Employers think twice about hiring individuals because of high socialist taxes. In June workers get what is called the 13th month, and in December they get the 14th month. In effect a worker will get 14 monthly checks. If you fire an employee you will pay one month’s salary for every year they worked. The salary is calculated by the Labor Department, so if you paid the individual $10, the labor Department will determine he was underpaid and calculates his salary at $12, $14 or whatever they determine.
Business and Industry cannot work efficiently because the Electrical Company is near collapse and they will arbitrarily cut electricity for 8-hours in any given day, and you have a factory that cannot operate. Most have back-up generators, but Diesel is expensive, and it is a poor alternative.
The police has fired about 8,000 police officers because they could not justify their balances in their bank accounts (bribes are rampant). Judges can be bought. Police is ineffective. Drug trafficking moved from Colombia and Venezuela to Honduras. Drug kingpins have houses that rival Fort Knox security.
The “US Embassy” pays for cars and houses of some officials involved in certain departments that interest US authorities (is this more bribes?).
Starting last Thursday, Mexican police is stopping caravans at the Mexico/Guatemala border. Thanks President Trump.
Organic change needs to occur before the situation gets better, and caravans are a thing of the past.
Air traffic is very high between the US and Honduras. United flies one 737 from Houston to San Pedro Sula, and one to Roatan on a daily basis. American has two flights from Miami and one from Orlando daily. UA and AA have flights from NYC daily. There are 3 or 4 flights to Tegucigalpa daily. Flights are full.
That is the end of my report.
Vice President Pence and the Pentagon wouldn’t say whether the US had launched cyber-attacks aimed at disrupting Iran’s air and missile defenses as air strikes in retaliation for the shootdown of an RQ-4 Global Hawkdrone were being called off.
This is How an RPG Works
The US and the Soviets disagreed on almost everything; except the fact that anti-tank infantry capabilities are necessary for decisive offensive combat. The Soviets fear our tanks because of their armor, speed, and firepower and raced us in the manufacture of rocket propelled grenades, also known as RPGs. Due to the variety of RPGs in circulation, we will focus on the RPG-7, the most widely used of all Soviet-era anti-tank weaponry.
The RPG-7 anti-tank grenade launcher is cheap, simple, and effective. The RPG-7 is part of one of many evolutionary branches of rockets. It is a decedent of the German Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon from which all RPG series stem from. In 1961 the RPG-7 was adopted by Soviet Armed forces.
Russian Ship Almost Collides with US Warship
Our Navy has released videos showing the close call the guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville had with a Russian warship in the Philippine Sea — and one appears to show shirtless Russian sailors sunbathing as the tense encounter played out.
The videos show the tense moments when the Russian destroyer made what leaders with our 7th Fleet called “an unsafe maneuver,” forcing the Chancellorsville to throw its engines into reverse.
George Washington Understood Liberty
We must rekindle Washington’s sacred Fire of Liberty. It is at risk.
At an air show in California five WWII P-38 fighters did their thing. They were amazing aircraft.
Russian Marines on an Obstacle Course
Russian marines take on more than 30 obstacles in a course that exceeds 10 kilometers. The obstacles mimic minefields, wire and mine-explosive barriers, engineering structures, sheer walls and more.
We’ve been told that Global Warming (or Climate Change) is the biggest threat to the world and we have to stop it. Well, consider this, the war on hydro-carbon fuels will have no measurable effect on global temperatures. Nor will carbon taxes, carbon offsets or subsidies for wind turbines or solar panels. There are climate controllers far bigger than human CO2 at work.
No place on Earth lives in the mythical average global temperature. Earth’s temperature dances to cyclic rhythms every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles.
Global Warming and Disappearing Glaciers
Glaciers appear to be growing, not melting in recent years at Glacier National Park. Officials at Glacier National Park (GNP) have begun quietly removing and altering signs and government literature which told visitors that the Park’s glaciers were all expected to disappear by either 2020 or 2030.
Read More HERE
Iran’s Weird Use of Martial Arts
In the modern world, most nations cultivate a variety of martial arts disciplines within their borders, not as a formal effort of the government, but rather as a byproduct of public interest. Here in the US, motivated students can find places to study anything from Japanese Karate to Israeli Krav Maga at their local strip mall, so it should come as no surprise that the military has also come to adopt a variety of disciplines into its own approach to martial arts-based combat.
Iran has also placed an emphasis on martial arts for the sake of defense, though like the nation’s military apparatus itself, their approach has been heavily informed by their culture, internal politics, and unusual military hierarchy, resulting in less than stellar results.
Read More HERE
A Canadian paratrooper was killed and three allied service members, including two Americans, were injured during an Army-led training exercise in Bulgaria, US Army Europe and Canadian officials said.
“The airborne jump was immediately suspended in order to attend to the paratrooper,” USAREUR told Stars and Stripes. “All casualties were immediately transported to local hospitals where one was pronounced dead, one was admitted for further evaluation, and two were treated and released.”
Read More HERE
Our Nation is in Deep Debt
We’re spending money we don’t have—we’re borrowing from our kids; how will they pay it back. Here’s an example: There’s the overpriced, over budget and overdue F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, “including eight additional planes for the Air Force, six for the Navy, and two for the Marine Corps. In development for nearly 18 years and eight years behind schedule, total acquisition costs now exceed $428 billion; nearly double the initial estimate of $233 billion. A 2019 DOD Selected Acquisition Report noted that the F-35’s lifetime operation and maintenance costs will total approximately $1.2 trillion, the most expensive weapon system in US history.”
This is the Pentagon’s equivalent of California’s ludicrous $77 billion high-speed rail project, which at least has been sharply cut back. Unfortunately, when it comes to federal spending, failure is never a sufficient reason to stop.
The Smoke Trail
Video showing the smoke trail left after a US Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down over the Gulf of Oman 18 June 2019.
Read More HERE
The US Constitution
When members of our Armed Forces are sworn in, we all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the US against all enemies, foreign and domestic. The entire document, including all amendments, takes slightly less than 7600 words. We veterans and, indeed, all patriots, should read this document over and over again. It’s not complicated.
The Electoral College is a key aspect of our nation’s governmental structure. The moves to remove it is a move to disregard our constitution. This is a bit of a complicated issue; I encourage everyone who does not understand it to study the issue and understand its importance.
There are two national organizations that are focused on making our nation aware of, and practicing, the Constitution—and I’m active in both of them. First is Concerned Veterans for America (cv4a.org). Then, there’s Combat Veterans for Congress (CVC.org).
God Loves Us
Scott McChrystal is a retired Army Colonel, Chaplain. Here are some of his insights that I think you’ll find appropriate.
None of us like adversity. But have you ever tried to view the storms of life from a different perspective? The Bible tells us that “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:68 (NIV). Though hard times are not easy or fun, if we’re honest with ourselves we can often look back and see good things that happen as the result of hard times. To read more about God’s ability to work good things through the storms in our lives see
Retired Navy CAPT Joe John has done many things in his life; I’ve asked him to share a few words of wisdom with us:
The US Navy needs to return to Subic Bay, Philippines
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Since the 4th of July is about upon us (Do you know why we celebrate the 4th?) here’s an appropriate song, You’re A Grand Old Flag.
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Two quotes to consider.
Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!
Capt. John Parker to his 77 Minutemen at Lexington, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775
I hear a lot of crap about what a glorious thing it is to die for your country. It isn’t glorious—it’s stupid! You don’t go into battle to die for your country. You go into battle to make the other bastard die for his country.
General George S. Patton, Jr., speaking to troops in 1941
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I got this from another retired Army guy.
An Aphorism is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty manner. The term is often applied to philosophical, moral and literary principles.
I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.
When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.
Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?
America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you love someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.
My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.
Money talks … all mine ever says is good-bye.
You’re not fat, you’re just easier to see.
If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.
I always wondered what the job application is like at Hooters and Twin Peaks. Do they just give you a bra and say, “Here, fill this out?
I can ‘ t understand why women are OK that JC Penny has an older women ‘ s clothing line named, “Sag Harbor.”
Denny’s has a slogan, “If it ‘ s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s and it ‘ s your birthday, your life sucks!
The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can go in a robe before you start looking like a mental patient.
I think it’s pretty cool how Chinese people made a language entirely out of tattoos.
Money can ‘ t buy happiness, but it keeps the kids in touch!
The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married. Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Ernest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara and, of course, Opie were all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk.
Now, don’t you feel better knowing what an aphorism is?
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