NEW BOOK SAYS THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN
Vietnam wasn't the only place American servicemen and POWs were left behind to die.
During the Korean War (1950-1953), literally thousands of Americans - mostly Army, Air Force and Marines - were "written off" by the powers-that-be in Washington and abandoned to a horrible fate.
A new book - AMERICAN TROPHIES - by Mark Sauter and John Zimmerlee details the sordid tale. They provide plenty of documentation that POWs were shipped to other parts of North Korea, China, and Russia.
A COVER-UP FROM THE START
It was important to top politicians and certain people in the Pentagon that news of such a breach of faith never reach the American public. And for many years, it did not.
Occasionally," a family member would write an angry letter to a Congressman or try and interest a mostly docile mainstream media into reporting the shocking desertion of those who put their lives on the line for our nation.
[If the truth got out - that the Pentagon and even the then-President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower, did little or nothing to recover these missing men - it could have resulted in a political earthquake.]
But the deceitful ones were lucky, and by now, 60-plus years after the truce was signed ending the Korean War, most if not all the lost Americans are dead. In a few years, the same can be said for those abandoned in Laos and North Vietnam.
"WAR IS A RACKET"- SMEDLEY BUTLER
U.S. Navy warships now make ports-of-call at Cam Ranh Bay and Saigon (Ho Chi MInh City), and the focus today is on big business, profits, trade and the future. Washington prefers to forget the past.
We should have learned from the cruel fate of our POWs from the Korean War, but sadly, the same shameful desertion of American fighting men by the politicians and the Pentagon continues up until now.
Well, "almost all" our people in uniform.
BERGDAHL'S PAL AT THE WHITE HOUSE
When Barack Hussein Obama wanted to score some political points, he set loose five top terrorist killers from Guantanamo in exchange for Army SGT Bowe Bergdahl. That GI, according to at least eight of his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan, willingly deserted his post and went over to the Taliban.
Bergdahl was gone a total of five years. Some elements in the Pentagon and White House want to classify him as a "prisoner-of-war." That would automatically double his considerable "back pay," as well as provide the enlisted man with lifelong benefits.
Maybe the White House could pressure the VA to grant Bergdahl a 100% tax-free "disability" pension for "PTSD." That, and the eventual book and TV movie deals down the road, could make the alleged deserter a millionaire several times over.
Unlike the brave men described in AMERICAN TROPHIES, the Idaho soldier could make out like a bandit. Will he? Stayed tuned.