By Gordon Duff


I am not against war.  I am a combat veteran.  I sit on my tail, watch TV, go to restaurants and have fond delusional memories about Vietnam.  In my bedroom closet, I have a trash bag.  It is never opened, it has been there for years.  It has, along with other “military mementos,”  a small green “government issued” address book.  Marines, long ago, scrawled their names in it.  Half of them never came back from Vietnam, never had children, grandchildren, got to finish college or even high school.  Many, maybe most,  had never had sex, owned a car  or traveled more than 50 miles from home.

Their lives were stolen, stolen then and we are doing it every day, maybe not the numbers, not on such a grand scale, but the lessons of Vietnam have more than been forgotten.  The brightest time in American history, another “greatest generation” may well have been the one that stopped an evil and corrupt war.  That generation saw the cost.  Only the young, the young and the parents of those the war destroyed knew Vietnam.  America simply turned away, a nation of, do we call them, do we call us, cowards?  Is there another term?

Of the two to three million that survived, a hundred thousand were seriously physically disabled and a million more suffered lifelong Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Not long after coming home, another 50,000 would die, some of mysterious illnesses, many by suicide.  50,000 or more went to prison, some for a few years, some are still there.  One of my closest friends, LCpl. Daniel K. Staggs, winner of the Silver Star, would die in prison.  A stabbing.

By 1972, only a few troops were in Vietnam, fighting a “rear guard” holding action while America pretended it had won “peace with honor” at the bargaining table in Paris.  A monster named Henry Kissinger won a Nobel Prize for that farce.  Have we no shame?

The vast majority of Americans didn’t have 30 seconds a day to watch news about the war, not a minute a month to think about it, much less do something, take a stand for what was right.  These are the people that love to hear about hippies and airport spitters.  These people love Ollie North and John McCain, cartoon heroes for a nation too dead inside to care.  Scary terrorists and endless wars are bread and butter for the “drugstore Marine” and “Hanoi John.”  You don’t know them by these names, the monikers they were tagged with by their fellow officers after Vietnam?

Carefully hear what they say, that pair of bloated peddlers of death.  Are they continually undermining America through the fear and mistrust their every word sews while they rake in millions?  Why are men like this whose pasts reek of the worst abuses imaginable, allowed to dishonor our dead while strutting around playing hero?  Why has their real history been buried though the stench remains?

Vietnam had real heroes.  They aren’t flying in private jets, eating at the finest restaurants, 58,000 of them came home dead, many in pieces, some burned to cinders.

It wasn’t just the 58,000 dead or the 50,000 soon to die or the maimed or damaged, the imprisoned or the endless thousands poisoned with Agent Orange.  Oh, did we tell you that Agent Orange may have killed more Vietnam veterans than total combat deaths in World War II?

According to Israeli officials, there are more holocaust survivors than living Vietnam veterans.

This isn’t news, no more than dozens dying each day from Gulf War Illness,no more than the Iraq/Afghanistan vet than commits suicide every 36 hours.

Vietnam was a scam.  The South Vietnamese government was brutal and corrupt, hated by all.  North Vietnam was never part of a communist conspiracy to infiltrate America and force the evils of communism on our children.

When more documents are declassified and the lying slows down, I am absolutely certain that the first Gulf War is going to turn out to be a scam also.  It is out there, the reason Saddam invaded Kuwait, and when it comes out, the Americans responsible for misleading us into war after war after war will will die of old age, honored and respected with their offshore bank accounts brimming with blood money.

The countless dead were forgotten long ago being the “un-newsworthy” lot they were.

We already know, we and our gutless British cousins, that Bush and Blair and their cronies sent hundreds of thousands to war in 2003 based on, not only lies, but a plot to undermine the democratic freedoms of both governments and prestage the western world in their own image, totalitarian, interventionist and totally owned and operated by an international cabal of financial criminals.

Take a look at politics.  The same criminal empire controls, not only each party but they “throw the bums out” gang as well.  Billionaire Bush crony David Koch, a shadowy Israeli-American is underwriting the “grass roots” movement to restore our constitution.  He is also the same person who funded those who tore it apart.

Those who think they are electing “Tea Party” candidates will have a rude awakening.  When the bill comes due, they will be dancing to the same tune.

Recent as it was, few Americans realize what the Gulf War really brought us.  We got that “New World Order” that “Pappy” Bush promised us in his “points of light” speech.

“How do you like it so far?”

What we got was an end to America as we know it, a government taking orders from Tel Aviv and a “New World Order” economy now openly looting the world, eating away even America’s standard of living and flushing it down the toilet, turning the United States into a debt-ridden third world hell hole.

The Romans gave away bread and amused the public with blood drenched spectacles in the arena.  Our “bread and circuses” game is Islamophobia, phony “self induced” terrorism and exploitation of sub-human racial hatreds thinly veiled under the childish misnomer of “conservatism.”  Anyone who isn’t suspicious of 9/11, the TV spectacular whose original cast of “19? now includes thousands, as years


of credible research and investigation has proven, will gladly send others to die in their name around the world.  Ignorance is complicity.  Anyone who doesn’t realize that the Bush cover story, now being resold under the “Ground Zero Mosque” label, is the most outlandish “conspiracy theory” in history is capable of cheerleading for any sociopathic political clown from Caligula to Hitler to Cheney.

We have to end our war because America can no longer trust itself.  With all of Americas media outlets owned by defense firms, lets call them “war profiteers” and be honest about it or citizens of the State of Israel, a “huckster” nation, smaller than Vermont that is the third largest weapons exporter in the world, no American can be certain about anything, what is true or false, what is fact, what is myth.  Every day every American is told two things.  Don’t trust your government.  Don’t trust your press.  Both things are correct.

The problem, of course, is that those that control the message control both the government and the press.  The “new” government they continually offer is always the “old government” and the new lies are always the old lies, enemies, new plots, new fears.

If what you believe is based on what you hear and see, whether it is an airplane crashing into a building or someone telling you that ending years of corrupt tax abatements for billionaires is going to end the world, something is always being kept from you.  That something is what is true, what is real.  “But I saw it!”  Yes, you saw something then someone explained it all.  What you want to do is ask yourself, who made money from this?  Who can control the news?

Where do the real conspirators live, caves in Afghanistan or inside the Beltway in Washington or the coffee shops of Tel Aviv.  Did I forget London?

A few months ago, we learned that 824,000 Americans have top secret security clearances.  How much do you think those nearly one million people know that would shock or sicken you?   Are only 10,000 involved in illegal conspiracies?  What if every Israeli spy flushed at the same time, would the Great Lakes suddenly disappear?

I hope this isn’t news to you, but most of history’s wars were started with a “false flag” attack.  A government attacks its own people to justify what it, out of delusion, tells itself is going to be best for everyone in the long run.  The fact that billions, even trillions is made, not made, really stolen, is never spoken of.

Nobody attacks a nation with 70% of the world’s military might.  It would only attack itself, “with a little help from its friends.”

How is America dealing with Afghanistan?  Though a few lunatics are still running around talking about poor dead Osama bin Laden and imaginary Al Qaeda, the mysterious worldwide conspiracy of cab drivers, waiters and dishwashers, most Americans have forgotten Afghanistan.

Wasn’t there a Brad Pitt movie about Al Qaeda?  Think about the terrorist masterminds we manage to catch.  Doesn’t this remind you of something?

Didn’t we see this in the movie Fight Club?  What is the first rule of Fight Club?  I am not allowed to tell you.


Whenever Al Qaeda, the mythical “Fight Club” clone steps onto the scene, after the phony press reads their scripts, “Building 7 has just collapsed even though nothing hit it…..no wait a minute….oh…Building 7 is going to mysteriously collapse in two hours they are telling me now….(parody of BBC 9/11 “error”)

Many years ago, there was a popular TV series called Dallas.  The underlying story was about competition between two brothers one evil but fun and one good but boring as hell.  After a couple of seasons, one brother, Bobby Ewing, the boring one, tragically died.  The actor playing the part, Patrick Duffy, wanted to leave the show, thus his character was killed off.

The next season, Duffy reconsidered his decision.  The network simply raised him from the dead, begining an episode where he is suddenly alive again, taking a shower.


The BBC coverage of Building 7 at the World Trade Center is another “Bobby Ewing returns from the dead” thing.  Two episodes later, viewers will forget.  More Americans remember the shock of seeing Bobby Ewing alive in the shower than “accidentally” hearing the report of a major disaster than hadn’t happened yet.

What do you say of a generation of Americans who can’t say Palestinian without adding “terrorist” but watch cluster bombs being dropped on playgrounds in Gaza and are willing to accept it as “poor frightened Israel” protecting herself.  This is the kind of ignorance that begged 9/11 and was amply rewarded.  This is the kind of ignorance that will burn an American city to the ground with a “terrorist nuke” simply to remove Iran from competition in the oil and gas pipeline business.

Oh, newspapers don’t report such things, not on the sports pages anyway.

Millions of Americans are in a rage about an Islamic center being built in lower Manhattan because of sabre rattling by an Israeli run news organization commonly known as Fox.  Hundreds of hours have been spent railing at terrorists funding the project.  This week, a competing network, on a very popular news program, the genuinely humorous Daily Show with Jon Stewart, pointed out that the primary funding for what Fox News calls “the terrorist mosque” is one of the primary owners of Fox News.

I keep seeing Bobby Ewing in the shower and the lame BBC reporter telling about the building withering to the ground, as CBS News anchor, Dan Rather described it, “as though someone had planted dynamite.”

Over 40 years ago, Americans of conscience went to the streets to end a war.  They saved more than just the lives of American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians, they restored Americas honor.

Control of American education and media, whether by Zionists, right wing fanatics, thieving banksters or a coalition of “evildoers” combining all three, has attempted to rewrite history.  We are told mobs in airports attacked returning soldiers.  We are told thousands of Americans died because of protests, not because of Kissinger’s lies.

Those who know better are still alive, some still awake and too many silent.

A generation of soldiers, now men and women, return from war, maimed, crushed and thrown away.  21st century America sees nothing, not the corruption, the narcotics, the lies, the evil in what has gone on so long in the name of the people of the United States.

What is war?  All war is class struggle.  If we still had more communists around, they would remind us.  Rich people start wars, poor people die and resources are stolen, banks emptied and all of it hidden behind flag waving and childish scare tactics.  War is part of the grander plan.  Is war politics or is it economics?

At one point in the last 2 years, it was estimated there there were as few as 12 “potential Al Qaeda suspects” in Afghanistan.

The person reading my water meter is a “potential suspect.”  To a paranoid or law enforcement officer, anything that moves is a “person of interest.”  A “suspect” is a person of interest who isn’t sleeping or dead.

Thousands of such “suspects” have been kidnapped and tortured by the United States over the last decade.  The vast majority were released, some with millions in cash to shut them up, some died and a few were railroaded to criminal convictions based on false testimony and phony evidence.

Who would want to protest against that?  Would you want to die to defend that?  Your children already have.

Gordon Duff is a Marine Vietnam veteran.  A 100% disabled vet.  He has been a featured commentator on TV and radio including Al Jazeera and his articles have been carried by news services around the world. He has been a UN Diplomat, defense contractor and is a widely published expert on military and defense issues.  This article first appeared in Veterans and Foreign Affairs Journal.

Senior Editor: Veterans Today

Also see:

Tel Aviv On The Potomac

GRANT SMITH: The Israel Lobby Swims The Atlantic

John Mearsheimer on Israel’s Nukes, Espionage and its Impact on the U.S.

RAIMONDO: Caught on tape: what the Israelis really think of us

War with Iran — MEMORANDUM FOR: President Obama


  1. Earlaiman on the 29. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Duff draws some interesting parallels here between fiction and fantasy fact and reality.

    “I keep seeing Bobby Ewing in the shower and the lame BBC reporter telling about the building withering to the ground, as CBS News anchor, Dan Rather described it, “as though someone had planted dynamite.”

    Whatever happened to Dan Rather, by the way? Did he say something wrong?


  2. Ty in Mobile,Al on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #


    I wish you were president.

    God Bless You.

  3. Lili on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    As long as people are ignorant, want to be ignorant, and cannot get along with their own family members much less anyone else-there will be war.

    It is upsetting but it is true. People find reasons to justify their every desire.

    I would love to have a world without war, and do still fight for it. In the end,however, we all die. One way or the other.

    Love the good moments you have, fight for the peace you want, but above all things, understand your enemy-even if it is yourselves or your loved ones.

  4. Big M on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The only Americans in Vietnam who were heroes were the ones who fragged their officers.

    The rest were war criminals and/or credulous dupes.

  5. Arjay on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “…the reason Saddam invaded Kuwait, and when it comes out…”

    it is already out. go to youtube and look up April Glaspi. she was part of the diplomatic mission to Iraq.
    there is a video of her telling Saddam that any dispute with Kuwait is ‘not a problem’ with us.

    It was all a lie of course, tho the final push for the first gulf war came from Margaret Thatcher – not poppy. there was a news conference from Aspen co with her and poppy announcing the war.

  6. Worldview on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    It’s hard for me to criticize and essay which is so well written and which references so many ideas with which I’m in agreement. But some things stick out, and I have to bring them up.

    I have no sympathy for members of the US military, for Vietnam veterans, or for Americans in general. My sympathies are reserved for the victims of your psychopathic society, from the Native Americans to the Yugoslavians to the Pakistanis.

    Millions of human beings died in Vietnam and Cambodia. Not even one is mentioned in your article. Instead, you tell us about robot automatons from your country and what a tragedy it is that they never had a chance to have sex.

    You claim that 40 years ago “Americans of conscience” (a laughable term) took to the streets and ended the Vietnam war. That’s a complete untruth. What ended the Vietnam war was the relentless determination of the people of that country to kill people like you and your brothers-in-arms; kill you and kill you and kill you until a handful of your own soldiers finally figured it out and started fragging officers. THAT is what ended the Vietnam war, not a bunch of selfish clowns looking to get laid at a demonstration.

    The USA empire is withering away; soon to be replaced with some new NWO nightmare. Still, I won’t shed any tears for the death of America. All you ever do is kill innocent people and then make excuses for it while telling everyone you’re the greatest “people” around. You’re less than human; history shows it clearly; and while your downfall portends much suffering for all of us the world will at least – at last – be free of your arrogance.

    As for the rest of your essay – spot on. Lose the patriotism and the insistence that your fellow soldier’s lives are more valuable than the lives of the millions upon millions upon which you have laid waste, and you might have a chance to enter humanity yourself.

  7. Al on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    I’ll just say this. Humanity is always very well prepared for war but when will it be well prepared for peace? Is there any way to make peace profitable instead of war?

  8. Egoigwe on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    An anti-war uprising??? Excuse me! What America needs, and most urgently too, is a national renaissance, a sociological rebirth!

  9. Dawoodi Morkas on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The people of the USA are great humanitarian souls.

    They are misled by the Zionist controlled media, the Bloomberg Group and the AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee). These are really the rulers of USA.

    The honest and hard working souls of American populus is more poor than the African Lion. The Lion does nothing but enjoys full life. The American public does every thing and goes bust!!!!!

  10. Marctar on the 30. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    “…the reason Saddam invaded Kuwait, and when it comes out…”

    Some of the things people are not told. The Kuwaiti Royal Family helped sponsor terrorism back in the day. They helped with the bombing of Beirut, which gave Reagan a block eye. The Royal Family has long ties with the Bush Family. Pappy Bush was trying to take over the show from Reagan, also highly involved in the arms sales to Iran, hence the Iran Contra scandal, which should have gone back in it’s investigations to 1980 and the October Surprise. But that is another story. Arjay’s comment is right on, of America giving Saddam a green light. Kuwait had been slant drilling into Iraq, which was pissing Saddam off. They were selling below the OPEC guidelines, and even under the table. Saddam was trying to fund his reconstruction and rehabilitate of his Military after 8 years of war. Just a few months before Iraq had taken out a loan from American Bankers to help with these efforts as his oil sales were being undercut from Kuwait. When we look at the history of the Bush family, they never cease in stabbing people in the backs. Saddam was no exception. The timing of when Saddam became instantly the enemy is directly tied to the news that he had occupied the offshore oil platforms off Kuwait. Who owned these? Why the Bush Family, of course. The Bush Family couldn’t care less about the Kuwaiti people, but they sure as hell care about their oil possessions. The Gulf War I was to secure the Bush oil fields, reinstate the Royal Family, and teach Saddam a lesson. Mission Accomplished…

    Keep up the great work Gordon, we are not alone.

  11. beijingyank on the 31. Aug, 2010 remarked #


    Bro, you write from the heart and you are not alone.

    I can see we are sitting in the same pew.

  12. Doug P. on the 01. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    C’mon college students….start protesting!!
    Gee,I sure wish college students would speak out against war like we did back in the 60s!

  13. Lorge Pfeffer on the 04. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Kudos to you Worldview! Now, if only more Americans and world citizens would wake up and get with the program. We should have no sympathies for American veterans of Vietnam or this war. As a matter of fact, they should ALL be hunted down wherever they are and be indicted for war crimes and have their property confiscated. Their families should be named, blamed, and shamed. It is too bad we cannot bring back the dead and hold them accountable for their crimes as well.

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