Nixon Prolonged Vietnam War to Win Presidency

March 19, 2013 by  
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On an illegally wiretapped recording, President Lyndon B. Johnson caught Richard Nixon prolonging the Vietnam War to win the 1968 presidential election; over 15,000 more Americans were killed in Vietnam.

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson heard Republican Presidential candidate Richard Nixon’s intermediary convincing the South Vietnamese ambassador to stay at war with North Vietnam. President Johnson didn’t say anything about this because he caught Mr. Nixon by having the FBI plant illegal wiretaps on the South Vietnamese ambassador’s phone line. Peace negotiations between North and South Vietnam fell apart. Mr. Nixon was elected president on the pretense that he would end the Vietnam war, and over 15,000 more Americans were killed in Vietnam until the war ended in 1973.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fraud – All Talk no walk!

January 3, 2013 by  
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Left quiet while still upset at Bush for Katrina Debacle… and, who is monitoring all of that Red Cross money?

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Sandy victim promised help by Obama still waiting


Sandy victim promised help by Obama still waiting

President Barack Obama hugs Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina, as he tours damage from Hurricane Sandy in Brigantine, N.J., Oct. 31. Obama promised her “immediate” assistance. she’s apparently seen no government help roughly a month later. Photo Credit:White House/Pete Souza

On October 31, the White House posted a photo of the president hugging a disheartened woman in a blue sweatshirt, also featuring her in a video about Obama’s post-Sandy efforts: …

According to the woman is named Donna Vanzant and, though Obama promised her “immediate” assistance, she’s apparently seen no government help roughly a month later.

Kevin Wexler, who wrote the article, explains that he was present when the initial promise was made and recently chose to check in on Vanzant’s progress:

(Photo: White House)

According to the woman is named Donna Vanzant and, though Obama promised her “immediate” assistance, she’s apparently seen no government help roughly a month later.

Kevin Wexler, who wrote the article, explains that he was present when the initial promise was made and recently chose to check in on Vanzant’s progress:

Vanzant estimates that her business losses will amount to at least $500,000, including the cost of repairing the marina.

Her son Stephen, 26, took a two-week leave from the Navy to come home to help out. He has started a Facebook page called Rebuild North Point Marina to seek contributions.

Vanzant has been moved by the many kindnesses she received from friends, family and customers. She heard from countless people after the photograph of her hug with the president was published, including from strangers as far away as Vietnam who wished her well.

She said she was honored to meet Obama, but she is also frustrated that she has yet to receive help from either her insurance companies or the government. “The president told me I would get immediate help,” she said.

“Looking back on it, it wasted a lot of people’s time,” she said of the visit.  [Emphasis added]

Wexler adds that Vanzant’s future remains in the air.

“I am just moving minute by minute,” she said, “because the insurance companies are telling me no, no, no!”
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Why Dr. Ron Paul’s National Defense Plan and Foreign Policy Are the Only Humane Options

March 29, 2012 by  
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HuffPo (Yeah really)

I often hear people say, “I’d vote for Ron Paul if it weren’t for his lack of national defense and foreign policy.” I realize that people who make this statement have fallen prey to the clever and effective political spin that twists a candidate’s message inside out. The truth is that Rep. Ron Paul has the most moral, rational, and constitutional approach to protecting the U.S. and interacting with the world. Consider this from his website: “In Congress, Ron Paul voted to authorize military force to hunt down Osama bin Laden and authored legislation to specifically target terrorist leaders and bring them to justice.” Dr. Paul wants to “[m]ake securing our borders the top national security priority” and “[a]void long and expensive land wars that bankrupt our country by using constitutional means to capture or kill terrorist leaders who helped attack the U.S. and continue to plot further attacks.” Does that sound like someone who doesn’t care about national defense?

The U.S. needs to stop giving money we do not have to other countries, and we need to stop sending our citizens (fathers, sons, brothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and mothers) to be slaughtered or injured unnecessarily. The U.S. debt is currently at $15.6 trillion, or over $50,000 per person.

The last time the U.S. formally declared war was for World War II in 1941. Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya were not formally declared. But look at this chart to see the numbers of deaths and wounded soldiers over the history of the United States. There are often four to 10 times as many soldiers injured as are killed. If we are going to deprive parents of their children, children of their parents, husbands of their wives, wives of their husbands, etc., don’t we owe it to the families who will suffer that loss to only send their sons and daughters, mothers and fathers into a real, legitimate war? Dr. Paul is the only president who will honor this serious and sacred responsibility.

The wounds that soldiers return with, from physical limitations to psychological trauma, can last a lifetime, just like the loss of a grown child or parent in combat. Veterans have a much higher rate of suicide. They suffer brain injuries, blindness, and traumatic amputations, and their families suffer. We owe it to the people who chose to defend our country to only risk their lives in the actual defense of the United States.

Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate, Democrat or Republican, who is a veteran. Dr. Paul saw the horror of war and would only risk American lives overseas if war were formally declared. To whose campaign is 87 percent of the active military contributing? Ron Paul.

That is reason enough to vote for Ron Paul over all others. The U.S. must stop electing politicians who so carelessly devastate American families.

“I love peace, and am anxious that we should give the world still another useful lesson, by showing to them other modes of punishing injuries than by war, which is as much a punishment to the punisher as to the sufferer.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education. Probably, no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.”
Abraham Flexner

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The Pentagon is now essentially doubling its military presence in the region as a way to “contain and control” China (Veterans to Protest on Jeju Island – S. Korea)

March 10, 2012 by  
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Veterans for Peace Leaders Going to Jeju island, South Korea
Veterans Peace Team to Support Gangjeong Villagers
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Bruce Gagnon
Three leaders of the U.S. national group called Veterans for Peace will arrive on Jeju Island, South Korea on March 13 to stand in solidarity with villagers who are fighting against a Navy base.  It has been reported in South Korean media that the proposed Navy base will be a port-of-call for U.S. warships including Aegis destroyers (outfitted with “missile defense” systems), aircraft carriers, and nuclear submarines.  The Navy base would be 300 miles from the Chinese mainland.
The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space has raised funds to send the Veterans Peace Team to Jeju Island.  Global Network Coordinator Bruce Gagnon said, “We held our annual conference on Jeju Island on February 24-26 after being invited by Gangjeong villagers.  Seven of our members from around the world were arrested for crawling under the razor wire on Gureombi rock.  We left Jeju Island determined to go home to our respective countries and expand our solidarity efforts with Gangjeong village.  This Veterans Peace Team is the first delegation – we plan to send more activists in the weeks ahead.”
On the Veterans Peace Team will be:
  • Elliott Adams (New York), past president of Veterans For Peace and a member of Veterans Peace Team. He served in the infantry as a paratrooper in Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and Alaska. He has spent 15 years in local elected public office. Now he is dedicating his life to stopping war.
  • Mike Hastie (Oregon), army medic during the Vietnam War and respected poet and photographer, also a member of the Veterans Peace Team.
  • Tarak Kauff (New York), former paratrooper, lifetime member and organizer with Veterans For Peace, who initiated with others the Veterans Peace Team, designed to stand in opposition to state violence alongside nonviolent people exercising their right to address grievances.
A Navy base on Jeju Island will become a key military target as the Obama administration “pivots” its foreign and military policy toward the Asia-Pacific.  The Pentagon is now essentially doubling its military presence in the region as a way to “contain and control” China.  China imports 60% of its oil on ships.  The Navy base on Jeju would give the U.S., Japan, and South Korean military forces a strategic post from which to choke off China’s ability to import oil thus giving the U.S. the keys to China’s economic engine.
“Jeju Island is an early spark in the coming dangerous and expensive super-power confrontation between the ever-expanding U.S.-NATO military alliance and China. The intent is to fully submerge China under corporate globalization. Sending international peace workers to Jeju Island at this time signals to everyone involved that the global peace movement clearly understands the strategic nature of this local struggle,” Gagnon said.
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