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My Pentagon Regret

My Pentagon Regret

James Carroll

Earlier this month, the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group -- the massive aircraft carrier itself with its dozens of warplanes and thousands of sailors and marines, a guided missile cruiser, and four destroyers -- suddenly began to make its way from the Mediterranean Sea into the Persian Gulf, heading for the waters off Iran.

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True! Let me ask; why was no one who lied about Vietnam and were culpable for the 58,000 murders of the people listed on the Vietnam, Memorial Wall ever held accountable for war crimes? My answer is because Amerika has been and is now nothing but a military, dictatorship as Trump just proved by pardoning several convicted war criminals!

If I had the political, power, I would erect another wall next to the Vietnam Memorial Wall with the caption: THESE ARE THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLE THAT WERE COMPLICIT IN MURDERING THE PEOPLE LISTED ON THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL BY LYING ABOUT VIETNAM.


We will never see anti war protests again, like we did in the 60’s. No regular citizens have skin in the game. Only volunteer professionals have skin in the game. There is no critical mass


An intense, dynamic novel on the late 60’s will be out in November 2019, On The Ropes: A Tale Of the Late 60’s, Neil J. Smith. literarytongues.com.


Let me add this one to the reading list: this book is now on-line free to download

*Bob Altemeyer’s - The Authoritarians

This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush’s second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before. As I try to show in the “Comment on the Tea Party Movement” (link to the left), the research findings in this book apply at least as strongly to America today as they did four years ago. Indeed, the events of 2009 and 2010 have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians. I wrote in 2006 that the authoritarians in America were not going to go away if they lost the 2008 election, that they would be infuriated if a new president tried to carry out his mandate. That has certainly been the case.

If you check the “hit counter” on this page, you’ll see that this site has been visited nearly 300,000 times so far. The feedback I’ve gotten from those who have read The Authoritarians enables me to give you the major reason why you might want to do so too. “It ties things together for me,” people have said, “You can see how so many things all fit together.” “It explains the things about conservatives that didn’t make any sense to me,” others have commented. And the one that always brings a smile to my face, “Now at last I understand my brother-in-law” (or grandmother, uncle, woman in my car pool, Congressman, etc.).

Maybe it’ll work that way for you too.

Bob Altemeyer
May, 2010


Thank you, James Carroll, for remembering the horrendous event of the nine-day Christmas bombing of Vietnam in 1972. Horrific destruction for no good end. Charles Buswell, Bishop of Pueblo, sent the White House this message, “In God’s name, stop the bombing.”