Closing Thought–17Mar20

52 years ago yesterday one of the first massacres in American war history happened…..I am talking about the deaths of about 500 Vietnamese men, women and children at the hands of US soldiers.

Fifty-two years ago today, in one of the most heinous and grisly acts against civilians during wartime, as many as 500 unarmed men, women, children, and the elderly — nearly the entire population of the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai — were slaughtered, raped, and brutally tortured by United States troops.

As the U.S. military continues to deploy boots on the ground in additional nations — and as specters of totalitarianism and even greater militarism materialize as if pulled from a century ago — the lessons of My Lai should not be relegated to history’s ignominious dust bin.

History, after all, doesn’t repeat itself — ill-fated actions are carried out like déjà vu, by those who refuse to examine past mistakes as if they are sleepwalking through life.

“The My Lai hamlet, part of the village of Son My, was located in Quang Ngai province, which was believed to be a stronghold of the National Liberation Front (NLF) or Viet Cong (VC) and was a frequent target of U.S. and South Vietnamese bombing attacks,” History.com explains. “In March 1968, Charlie Company [or, C Company] of the Americal Division’s 11th Infantry Brigade received word that VC guerrillas had taken control of Son My. Led by Lieutenant William L. Calley, the unit was sent to the village on a search-and-destroy mission on March 16.”

Never Forget, 52 Years Ago the US Slaughtered 500 Unarmed Men, Women, & Children

A Horrible chapter in the history of Americans at war….but that is NO reason to write it out of our conflict histories….

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Recent US Deaths Update

I reported the other day about 2 more Americans being killed in Iraq as well as a soldier of them UK……https://lobotero.com/2020/03/11/iraqi-deaths-update/

Lance Corporal Brodie Gillon. A British service member was killed in the Taji rocket attack. She served as a reservist with the Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry, having joined in 2015 as a Combat Medical Technician.

May she rest in peace and her family find some peace…..

The two American deaths ……

The Americans that were also killed in this attack……

The military on Friday identified the two U.S. troops killed in a rocket attack on Camp Taji in Iraq as Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27, of Hanford, California and Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28, of Owasso, Oklahoma.

Mendez Covarrubias was assigned to 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Roberts was assigned to 219th Engineering Installation Squadron of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.

“The international military coalition is capable and credible because of warriors like Juan, Brodie, and Marshal,” said Lt. Gen. Pat White, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition to defeat the Islamic State. “They volunteered to serve the United States and United Kingdom to improve their lives and help keep the world free from ISIS terrorism. Our fallen comrades have a legacy that will never be forgotten.”

4 deaths of US soldiers in 3 days time…..not something that looks good for our time in Iraq.

May they find peace….and may their families find the closure that we all search for….

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More American Deaths In Iraq

Just two days ago I wrote about the two Marine Raiders that were killed in Iraq and now more sad news for two more Americans have been killed in Iraq….as well as a British soldier as well…….

Two American soldiers and one British soldier were killed Wednesday evening when 15 small Katyusha rockets hit Iraq’s Camp Taji. The Pentagon reported 10 other people of various nationalities were wounded.

Details are still emerging, with the US quickly dismissing the idea that this was an ISIS attack by doubting they had the capability, even though Katyusha rockets are virtually ubiquitous among Middle Eastern armed factions.

Instead, officials say they suspect Shi’ite militias in general, and Kataib Hezbollah in particular. The militia is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) of Iraq, whose leader was killed in a January US airstrike in Baghdad.

I will post more as the facts become known..

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Iraqi Deaths Update

I recently wrote that two deaths have occurred in Iraq….https://lobotero.com/2020/03/10/us-deaths-in-iraq/

I can now report the names of those killed….

Captain Moises Navas, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, MARSOC, KIA Iraq

Captain Moises Navas, a special operations officer assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, was killed in Iraq on March 8, 2020. He died from wounds suffered while accompanying Iraqi Security Forces during a mission to eliminate an ISIS stronghold in a mountainous area of north central Iraq. He was 34 years old.

Another Marine Raider – Gunnery Sergeant Diego Pongo – was also killed. Four other U.S. service members were wounded. Pongo was also assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion.

Navas died in an operation that took place in the mountains of northern Iraq more than 35 miles south of Erbil. The target was a terrorist training camp located in a tunnel and cave complex in the Qara Chockh mountains. Four other U.S. service members were wounded. The raid on the terrorist base was described as a partnered company-sized operation by ISOF.

The families have the condolences of IST and a wish for their loved ones to Rest in Peace.

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US Deaths In Iraq

Sad news coming out of Iraq…..2 more US soldiers have been killed in operations in Iraq against ISIS….

Two U.S. service members were killed on Sunday while on a mission to take out an ISIS stronghold in Iraq.

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed on Monday that the two service members were killed by enemy forces while on a joint mission with the Iraqi Security Forces to clear the stronghold located in the mountains of central Iraq.

It’s not yet clear which branch(es) the service members were a part of. Their identities are withheld for 24 hours until next of kin notification.

May their families find the solace and closure that they deserve….and may their soldiers Rest In Peace.

With these deaths it is said that the US commanders are reviewing the ops policies…..

US officials say that commanders are reviewing how troops conduct missions in Iraq and Syria after an incident south of Irbil in which two US troops were killed fighting in a cave complex.

US operations in Iraq have become complicated since the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. After Iraq failed to expel US forces from the country, they’ve made a point to not conduct joint operations with the US for most anti-ISIS engagements.

In this particular case, the US says the two Marines were working with Iraqi counter-terrorism forces, and had to be pulled out of a crevice they fell into. The recovery of the two bodies was a whole separate US operation that took six hours.

And while the US officials say they’ll continue to support Iraq against ISIS, these look to be very comprehensive reviews of when and how that happens. This may suggest that the US is not going to be so deeply engaged in the fight going forward, which likely will suit Iraq just fine.

(antiwar.com)

Here is a novel idea…..review all they like but time to bring the troops out of this stalemate….these deaths are a waste of American lives..

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More US Death In Afghanistan

Once again some sad news….more US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan…….

Army Sgt. 1st Class Antonio R. Rodriguez (left) and Army Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez (right).

The Defense Department has awarded posthumous promotions to two Special Forces soldiers killed in a firefight in Nangarhar province Afghanistan on Saturday.

Killed in the fight were Sgt. 1st Class Javier J. Gutierrez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rodriguez, 28, of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Both were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), out of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Six other U.S. troops, who were not identified, were wounded in the fight, which began when “an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun,” U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said in an earlier statement.

It remains unclear whether the act was a deliberate enemy attack via infiltration or an accident of some kind, Nangarhar provincial governor Shah Mahmood Meyakhil said in a message, according to an Agence France-Presse report.

U.S.-partnered Afghan troops also sustained casualties, according to reports.

Rodriguez and Gutierrez were both posthumously promoted from the rank of staff sergeant and awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a released statement.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/02/09/green-berets-killed-afghan-firefight-idd-given-bronze-stars-and-promotions.html

We give our sympathies to the grieving families….may their loved ones rest in peace.

Please stop and think about the madness of our endless wars and the costs.

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Closing Thought–06Feb20

It fires only with a guaranteed kill.

Say what?

Now that is what we need more than anything….la gun that will guarantee a hit/kill……

The U.S. Army is currently evaluating a smart rifle that will only fire if its software determines that the shot is guaranteed to hit its target.

The system, a collaboration between arms developers SIG Sauer and Smart Shooter, is a submission to the Army’s call for fire control systems to accompany its futuristic Next-Generation Squad Weapon, according to Military.com — and if the Army decides to go ahead with the tech, it could be deployed in the field by 2023.

The Army is interested in a smart fire control tool is to make soldiers

more effective by cutting down on stray shots.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/army-considering-rifle-fires-hit-guaranteed

How soon after 2023 will it take for this weapon to make it into the public domain?

I am still on the fence…..do we need this? 

A thought……what happens in a firefight?  Suppressing fire is a must….

It is almost as disturbing to me as a DNA bullet……

The US Army has revealed testing of a revolutionary self-guided bullet is at an advanced stage.

The latest trials of the Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance, known as Exacto, program have shown even first time users can hit a moving target.

The bullets have a real-time guidance system to track targets, and can change their course if needed. 

An experienced shooter using the technology demonstration system repeatedly hit moving and evading targets in the latest trials. 

Additionally, a novice shooter using the system for the first time hit a moving target.

The video shows Exacto rounds manoeuvring in flight to hit targets that are moving and accelerating.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3059476/Watch-U-S-Army-test-self-guided-smart-bullets-say-let-hit-moving-target-perfect-accuracy.html

Yet another disturbing weapon innovation…..

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