Paul Whitefield says: “Apocalypse again — call up the Vietnam vets to fill the ranks of the troop surge for Iraq??!!


I have been spending a lot of time at Tanker Brothers lately. Today I found a post by A_C called, “Warning – This post is classified MA”. When I read the post, I felt compelled to go read the article [in the LA Times]. I had to see for myself an editor making an a$$ of himself. In short, Mr. Paul Whitefield, supervisor of the editorial pages’ copy desk, did just that, made an a$$ of himself. Read on: 

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Apocalypse again — call up the Vietnam vets

Where else can Bush get 21,500 trained soldiers for his ‘surge’?

By Paul Whitefield. PAUL WHITEFIELD supervises the editorial pages’ copy desk.
January 21, 2007
 

LISTENING TO President Bush’s speech on Iraq earlier this month, my first thought was: “Where the heck are we going to get 21,500 more soldiers to send to Iraq?” Our Reserves are depleted, our National Guard is worn out, our Army and Marine Corps are stretched to the limit.

Then it hit me: Re-up our Vietnam War veterans and send them.

They’re trained. They’re battle-hardened. Many already have post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, some have their own vehicles — Harleys mostly, which are cheap to run, make small targets and are highly mobile. I’ll even bet that lots of these guys still have guns (you know, just in case).

OK, some vets are a bit long in the tooth (or don’t have teeth — because of Agent Orange?). Or their eyesight isn’t what it was. Or their reflexes have slowed. But with today’s modern weaponry, how well do you have to see?

Too out of shape, you say? Listen, if Rocky Balboa can step back into the ring at age 60, all these Vietnam War vets need is a little boot-camp magic and they’ll be good to go. I mean, who doesn’t want to drop a few pounds?

Don’t want geezers fighting for us? Well, let’s face it, our young people have greater value right here. Most of us want to retire and collect our hard-earned Social Security, and we need those youngsters here, working and paying taxes — lots of taxes.

Finally, these Vietnam War guys are hungry for revenge. After all, they fought in the only war the U.S. ever lost. And they didn’t even get a parade. So this is their chance. We can throw them that big parade when they come marching home.

First a few statistics per Wikipedia

United States Armed Forces:

Approximately 1.4 million personnel are currently on active duty in the military with an additional 1,259,000 personnel in the seven reserve components (456,000 of whom are in the Army and Air National Guard). There is currently no conscription. Women are not allowed to serve in some combat positions, but they are allowed to serve in most non-combat specialties. Due to the realities of war some of these non-combat positions see combat regularly.

Personnel in each service

As of 2004

Service Total Active Duty Personnel Percentage Female Enlisted Officers
Army 500,203 15.2% 414,325 69,307
Marine Corps 180,000 [7] 6.0% 157,150 19,052
Navy 375,521 14.5% 319,929 55,592
Air Force 358,612 19.6% 285,520 73,091
Coast Guard 40,151 10.7% 31,286 7,835
Total 1,450,689 14.9% 1,196,210 254,479

 Deployments of the U.S. Military

Overseas

As of 2003, the United States occupied military bases in 130 different countries. Some of the largest contingents are:

Germany 69,395
Japan (United States Forces Japan) 35,307
South Korea (United States Forces Korea) 32,744
Italy 12,258
United Kingdom 11,093

As of mid- 2006, nearly 150,000 U.S. troops are currently deployed in the Middle East. Most of these forces are currently engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq.

Within the United States

Including U.S. territories and ships afloat within territorial waters

A total of 1,112,684 personnel are on active duty within the United States including:

Continental U.S. 900,088
Hawaii 33,343
Alaska 17,714
Afloat 109,119
Guam 3,784
Puerto Rico 1,552

Let me help you out a little here. We have 1.4 million active duty personnel and 1,259,000 reserve personnel in the seven reserve units. There are approximately 150,000 personnel serving in the Middle East. Using my trusty pencil that comes to a possible 2.659 million troops. 150,000.00 troops is 0.056413 per cent of our total capability 2.659 million.. Now let’s take it a step further. 150,000.00 is 0.13481 of our stateside active duty personnel. With 1,450.689 active personnel and 1,112,684 of those in the Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, afloat, and the Continental US that leaves 338,005 active duty personnel overseas. Little less than 1/2 of our active duty personnel could be in the middle East. We still have 1,112,684 reservist to swap off with the active duty folks.

Now one would wonder what all the ruckus is about over the @26,000 surge troops. if we used 26,000 reservist there would still be well over 1 million reservist. Even if we considered all our casualties, KIA, WIA,MIA, and POW[?] there would still be well over 1 million reservists. Since the war there have been discharges, low enlistments at times, above quotas at times, which seem to have about averaged out or just under projections. So, it would appear to me that the 1,000,000 reservists are still there.

But I propose something I have frequently heard Rumsfeld say that was often ignored or down played. Why did we use so many reservists in Iraq? For the same reason Rumsfeld reorganized and streamlined the material support to the troops and made cross branch usage and sharing so easy where it wasn’t before. We now have between our active duty and reserve units of all branches effectively 2.659 million troops well trained in actual urban warfare.

Now, I am not naive, I realize that what I have just done is a paper juggling act. I also realize that our reserve and guard units “have ” been deployed, some multiple times. But, I also realize that those active and reserve units deployed came from that pool of “2.659 million troops.If you think our military leaders can’t find the troops we need for the “troop surge,” then I suggest that you highly under-rate their abilities. Unlike the politicians in this country, the military has always been known to look after its own. It is only when power hungry politicians and ignorant media types such as yourself get into the picture that things, meaning our troops, get “screwed!”  

When those ba$tard$ hit us, and they will if we don’t succeed in Iraq, and they may yet if we do, we will be able to defend ourselves “at home” and abroad. Besides poor leadership from the top and politics, this one single ability killed more of our troops in Vietnam than anything else. We had a military that was not anywhere nearly as well trained like the one we have now. They often went straight to war from boot-camp and AIT. We were not trained in guerrilla or urban warfare like the enemy used. On top of that we had a draft and a military full of men who were there not by choice. The Viet Cong had a network of tunnels all over Viet Nam. Booby traps were everywhere. The Viet Cong had terrorists tactics down to a Science.

Though Iraq, in my opinion, is not a total cross country “fighting” war like in Vietnam, the type of fighting, the stringent one sided rules of engagement, and the extreme care our troops use to avoid collateral damage make the War in Iraq much harder because the troops are fighting with one hand tied behind their backs. Shoot, but! Fight, but! Capture, but, everything has a but attached to it. Our troops have to document every bullet they fire. Not only that, the fighting in the areas of Iraq where the insurgents are strong-holed is as intense as any war we have fought in previously. Add to that the “safe zones” like the Mosques and such where the enemy stockpiles weaponry and shoots at our troops but we can’t shoot back. I day if you don’t want your mosque show up then don’t use it to hide behind.

The biggest “butt” of all is the horses’ a$$e$ in Congress who will not let the President do his job and will not quit playing politics with our troops lives.  There is also all those politicians and people in those greatly disguised front groups for  the Workers Party and the USA Communists Party, ANSWER and NOIN, UFPJ and others that were the real reason for Vietnam’s failure. They do just what they did over Vietnam, start the peace marches and protests. They may have called themselves something else or hid behind another front group; but, their purpose was the same. Our troops didn’t fail. The nation and government failed them! We let ourselves be swayed by a bunch of people whose sole goal in life is a middle class “revolution” in America.

Do your homework, jerk-off. You want to keep comparing this to Vietnam, then go ahead. You are right only in one respect; but you and the rest of the media never print that story. Maybe you all lost the “family jewels.” I don’t know. But when a simple milblogger [Mudville Gazette] can find out who is behind the ‘Petition” by soldiers to end the war now and trained investigative journalists can’t, well what does that say about you a$$hole$. This country right now is full of a bunch of pathetic intellectual wannabes who have their head up their a$$e$ so far they can almost see daylight. But, all that crap they wade through has clouded their vision and dulled their senses! If you and the “red” supporters who support you weren’t so dangerous to the country I could almost feel sorry for you.

But, you are all parasites who destroy everything around you for a false sense of Utopia than will never exist. It never has and never will. And as you all keep trying to force this crap down our throats and destroy our country, instead of all that equalization crap you spew out you all get filthy rich because you are feeding off the rest of the country like the bottom feeders that you are!! There can never be peace in the world as long as their are people like you all who constantly spew your “revolutionary” tripe.

They door that serves as the entry way to America swings both ways. It can let you in. It can also show you the way out. Why don’t you all take it? Believe me, no one, but, no one will miss a darn one of you all! 

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~ by devildog6771 on January 26, 2007.

2 Responses to “Paul Whitefield says: “Apocalypse again — call up the Vietnam vets to fill the ranks of the troop surge for Iraq??!!”

  1. Approach the new President of the USA.
    Let the Stars and Stripes fly proudly; once more; over Iraq!

  2. […] Bronze Stars and was believed to be the most decorated Native American soldier of the Vietnam War. Paul Whitefield says: “Apocalypse again – call up the Vietnam vets … Finally, these Vietnam War guys are hungry for revenge. After all, they fought in the only war the […]

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