The Vietnam War series & thoughts on it’s parallels to Iraq & Afghanistan

Marines in Afghanistan
Marines in Fallujah, Iraq
Marines at Khe Sanh

One of the discouraging things about the Ken Burns series “The Vietnam War” (which just finished airing on PBS) is that it appears that the United States forgot the lessons of the Vietnam War and worse yet, we’ve repeated these mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mike Musselman and Mike McNamara discuss the final episode of the Ken Burns series, (1) the Vietnam Wall, (2) the fate that was left to the South Vietnamese people and (3) the sad parallels they see between what they saw in the Vietnam War series and what they’ve seen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

A PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION: The Road to 9/11 (The History Channel)

Mike Musselman told me a while ago that I should watch “The Road to 9/11” which was running on The History Channel.

“If you think you hate Don Rumfeld now, wait til you see this show” Mike told me on the air about a month ago.  Here are a few audio cuts and some commentary about them.  Mike was right, I needed to watch the program which features prominent member of the Bush and Clinton Administrations and members of the CIA and FBI.

Highly credible, highly sourced and riveting.

Margarine or Butter? How do I stop the three-alarm fire in my grill?

The ALL MARINE RADIO Head Chef, Kim Holmes joined us to talk FOOD on Friday (as well as the PBS Series on Vietnam).  Kim addresses whether there is there any reason to use margarine instead of butter in cooking? Kim also addresses how to “put out three-alarm fire” that rages in your grill when you cook fatty dishes like chicken with the skin on and ribeye steaks.

America’s “GREATEST GENERATION” Fought in Vietnam

Marines in Vietnam

The Gunner briefly gives his thoughts on the “protest” controversy in the NFL (he’s not watching any more) and then the Boys discuss their thoughts on watching the Ken Burns series that is airing on PBS entitled “The Vietnam War.”

There are things from the series that have made an incredible impression on them: (1) the lies that Cabinet Secretaries told, (2) the nobility of those who believed and fought, (3) a flaming B-52 falling from the sky at night, (4) POW reunions with their families, (5) Jane Fonda making broadcasts about American POW’s and called their execution justifiable, (6) the lies of three Presidents and (7) Richard Nixon’s criminality.

Mike Musselman and Mike McNamara agree on one thing, the American’s who fought in Vietnam, who came home to be treated terribly, who became our teachers and coaches ARE “THE GREATEST AMERICAN GENERATION” — no other group has been asked to give as much as they given.

Don’t pin your hopes on the new Chinese sanctions on North Korea: Grant Newsham

Kim Jong Un
Xi Jinping
President, PRC

Grand Newsham, our resident Pacific Rim specialist, joined us to talk about whether we should take China’s “new sanctions” seriously or whether it is the age old trick of the Chinese — big announcement and then nothing delivered?

We’ll also discuss the likelihood that Japan and/or South Korea will acquire a “first strike” capability as well as “mutually assured destruction” capabilities in order to balance the regional scale.

You can find Grant Newshams columns here, in Asia Times Online.

Thoughts on PBS’s Vietnam War Series & a Rand Study on Transgender Military Service Issues

For me, one of the most distressing things about watching the 10 part PBS series is that the nation repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq and later (although not initially) in Afghanistan.

We’ll also discuss a 2016 Rand Corporation study on Transgender Military service.

The NFL pickle, USMC Infantry Officer standards & General Dunford and transgender service

John Ubaldi
MGySgt USMC (ret)
Founder, The Ubaldi Reports

John Ubaldi of The Ubaldi Reports, joined us to for (1) an update on how post-hurricane south Florida is doing, (2) his thoughts on how the NFL gets out of the national anthem pickle they find themselves in, (3) does the first female USMC Infantry Officer validate the approach and the standards of the leadership of the Marine Corps relative to the issue of women in the infantry and (4) the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Service Committee that he believes that transgender individuals that pass the physical & mental requirements ought to be able to serve, we’ll talk about it.

The toughest person I know is my older sister Peggy

Mac, sons & nephews
Patrick, Tyler, Mac, Torii, John

In September of 1996 two of my nephews, the only sons of my older sister Peggy (Torii and Tyler), were murdered when their father shot and killed them both after learning my sister was leaving him, the husband then killed himself.

Of all the things that I have seen in my three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the murder of Torii and Tyler is by far the worst.  Nobody I know, who deals with post-traumatic stress, deals with the horror that my sister has dealt with for twenty-one years.

All these years later, I still speak about domestic violence whenever I’m asked because I feel the need to honor the memory of Torii and Tyler and the courage of my sister.  The message:  don’t be afraid to ask someone if they need help, don’t be afraid to broach the subject, don’t shy away from it; as easily as you’d pick up someone’s car keys from a bar, talk to them about domestic violence and getting help.

We’ll talk about it.

With three combat deployment to Vietnam, Tom Draude watches with interest

Capt Tom Draude, USMC
Republic of Vietnam, 1970
Advisor to Vietnamese Marines
With 1stLt Tri (who had graduated from the The Basic School, Quantico VA)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret) has watched each episode of the Ken Burns series “The Vietnam War” that is airing on PBS he joined us to share his thoughts on the series.  Like many, he has watched with interest the interviews with North Vietnamese Army soldiers and Viet Cong fighters; he’s also been keenly interested in how the experience of those who lost family members has been conveyed to the audience.

Draude also talks candidly about post-Vietnam Marine Corps life and how many officers put the experience away and didn’t speak of it, even with subordinates, which in retrospect was a mistakes.

 

Chief of Staff Kelly on the NFL & Other News Headlines

John F. Kelly
Chief of Staff
The White House

“I believe every American, when the national anthem is played, should cover their hearts and think about all the men and women who have been maimed and killed,” Kelly said. “Every American should stand up and think for three lousy minutes.”

Do individuals have a right to protest during the national anthem?  Certainly.  BUT, given your unique opportunity as an NFL player, if your protest isn’t linked to leadership action designed to remedy this problem you feel so strongly about — I think it you are a CLOWN.

We’ll talk about it.