News By For and About the Troops
October 26, 2007, 6:20 pm
Filed under: colonialism

 In 1992, after the “first” Gulf War, the U.S. Army War College Quarterly published a warning for the future by Charles Dunlap entitled “The Origins of the Military Coup of 2012“. 

The recent articles are just as interesting.

Witness in Army trial killed in helicopter crash (PostChronicle)

Veterans Affairs reports 73,000 Gulf War deaths, 36% filed disability (VA via MParent)

The official number of U.S. soldiers killed in Vietnam was 55,000

Never in History Have Generals Revolted Against a War Like They are About IRAQ. (via Metafilter)

“I (insert name), having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God.” Unlike the enlisted folks, officers only swear an allegiance to the Constitution.

“The “Monuments Men” [wiki] were a group of … men and women from thirteen nations who comprised the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section during World War II….Together they worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. …They tracked, located, and ultimately returned more than 5 million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. Their role in preserving cultural treasures was without precedent.” (via Metafilter)

Ellsworth Kelley, Bill Blass, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and a host of lesser known but equally talented painters, designers, sound engineers and actors served together during World War II in the Ghost Army – the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, a unit whose existence remained an official secret until 1996. German soldiers referred to them as the “Phantom Army,” because one moment they were in one place, and the next, they were attacking their flanks or from the rear. Together, they made rubber tanks and fake Jeeps; their changing unit insignia were designed to fool spies and allied units alike. They recorded the sounds of Allied units building bridges or moving troops and broadcast them from special sound trucks, leading the Germans to conclude that the U.S. Army had more troops in more places than it did. “Guys drew, or painted, all the time,” documenting their lives, the lives of their fellow soldiers, and that of the local populations in wartime Europe. (via Metafilter)


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