The Original Code Talkers

Time for the old professor to drop the history bomb!

Almost everyone knows the story of the Navajo Code Talkers during the Pacific campaign in World War Two……That Cage dude made the brave Native Americans a household term (for awhile)…..but no one knows that the Code Talkers in WW2 were not the first time Native Americans were used to confound the enemy.

The Choctaws were used in World War One in the same manner as the Navajo in WW2…….

One of the so-called “Five Civilized Tribes” of the southeastern United States, the Choctaw traditionally farmed corn, beans and pumpkins while also hunting, fishing and gathering wild edibles. Despite allying themselves with the United States in the War of 1812, they were pressured afterwards into ceding millions of acres of land to the government. Following the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830, most members of the tribe were then forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma in a series of poorly planned and poorly provisioned journeys that left an estimated 2,500 dead. In what would become a catchphrase for all Indian removal west of the Mississippi River, a Choctaw chief described it as a “trail of tears.”

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, it had not yet granted citizenship to all Native Americans, and government-run boarding schools were still largely attempting to stamp out their languages and cultures. Nonetheless, several thousand Native Americans enlisted in the armed forces to fight the Central Powers. Nearly 1,000 of them representing some 26 tribes joined the 36th Division alone, which consisted of men from Texas and Oklahoma. “They saw that they were needed to protect home and country,” said Judy Allen, senior executive officer of tribal relations for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, “so they went to the nearest facility where they could sign up and were shipped out.”

These men should be held in the same high regard as their Navajo cousins….but for the most part are pretty much forgotten in the sands of time and by an ungrateful nation.


Another American Death (Again)

Closing Thought–13Jul18

Our stay in Afghanistan, 17 years and counting, has not been without costs….the deaths of our troops is that cost.

I am sorry to report that yet another American soldier has died in Afghanistan…..the AP is reporting……

The U.S. military says a service member died Thursday of a wound sustained in combat in eastern Afghanistan.

The name of the service member was being withheld pending notification of family members.

It was the second U.S. military death in Afghanistan in less than one week. On Saturday, Army Cpl. Joseph Maciel, of South Gate, California, was killed by what the U.S. is investigating as a possible attack by a member of the Afghan military.

In Thursday’s incident, the U.S. military said an Afghan security force member also was killed and several were wounded. No other details were provided.

I offer the family our heart felt condolences…..May he rest in peace…..and thank you for your service.


Back in October 2017 when I was in the hospital a story came to my attention about the deaths of US Special Ops troopers in the West African nation of Niger.

Of course I had to write a post about the deaths for not many Americans even knew we were fighting and dying in Niger.

There has been further news developing in Niger… seems that the locals do not want us to be there fighting…..

In an interview with the Guardian, Nigerien President Mahamidou Issoufou said that he does not want US or other foreign troops fighting on the ground in Niger, and that such troops should limit their actions to training and intelligence-gathering.

Issoufou discussed the ongoing war on terror in western Africa’s Sahel, saying it will take years to finish, comparing it to the Syria and Iraq fight. He said foreign allies should do more to help the local militaries in the region fight for themselves.

The US has a substantial number of troops in Niger, a fact revealed after troops were ambushed last year and four were killed. The US also built a large drone base in Niger, despite substantial opposition within Niger to the US presence.


The US once again does what it wants in other countries….maybe a better plan would be to get local confirmation that we are at least wanted before he insert our troops into these countries.

Another American Death

Closing Thought–09Jul18

For me this death was worthless and should have never been allowed to happen…..over the weekend another American soldier was killed in Afghanistan and 2 others wounded…..

One U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in what’s believed to be an insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

The wounded troops are being treated and are in stable condition, officials with the Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The incident is under investigation.

The name of the service member killed in the incident will not be released until family members are notified, officials said.

Saturday’s incident marks the first U.S. troop death in Afghanistan in more than two months.

Spc. Gabriel Conde, 22, was killed April 30 as a result of enemy small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan, officials said at the time. Another soldier was wounded in the same incident.

(Military Times)

Sad news and IST wishes the family well in their time of sadness….and we thank them for their service to the country.

Please take a moment of silence for this family.

Sadly until the Congress grows a spine reports like this one will be ever present.

Closing Thought–05Jul18

I wrote earlier today about the promise of a “peace train”…..this post is what I was talking about with the “small” wars……

The US military is expanding its special ops….it is increasing the brigades to carry out advise and assist programs….

Three new Security Force Assistance Brigades designed to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations have been assigned to bases in Texas, Colorado and Washington, the Army announced Friday.

The Army said the 3rd Security Force Assistance Brigade will be assigned to Fort Hood in Texas, the 4th SFAB at Fort Carson in Colorado and 5th SFAB at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. These specialized units consist of about 800 soldiers, ranked sergeant and above, with a primary mission to fulfill the Army’s train, advise and assist missions around the globe.

Is this an indication of a widening of our international involvements?

And then there is the new “Space Force”…how much money does the Pentagon have?  That we can just keep expanding our many ways to war……

Most interesting turn……will Space Force put a drain on this policy?

I hope everyone has a good day…..chuq

The Peace Train

As I close my eyes I hear the song by Yusuf Islam……. or is it Cat Stevens?  Don’t!  They are the same person.

This post is about the pronouncements by the president and his view of geopolitics…..let’s take inventory of our President’s recent pronouncements:

This isn’t good enough for the formerly anti-interventionist “left,” with the commies over at Alternet declaring that the US getting out of NATO would be “a gift to Putin,” not to mention “insane.”  (A great quote)

I wish I could see this as some sort of “peace” movement….it is not it is as far from “peace” as we will ever get.  Those countries list above are just countries with the biggest presence of US Troops.  It is the small wars that will be the worse and the most deadly.

Once again I shall be out of pocket…..I must return to the doctor and let him sign his handy work… I may be out of touch for awhile….but never fear “I shall return” to quote another American “hero”…..if you must act the effect is gone.

Closing Thought–04Jul18

One of my fond (for lack of an adequate word) memories was my first taste of military life in basic training….I entered into the military in 1967 and Vietnam was going great guns and the country needed men to fight so the basic training went from 12 weeks to 9 weeks to get soldiers to the fronts.

I bring this up because the Army has done a re-take of basic training….but this time the excuse is not that more troops were needed on the “Front” but rather they need to extra time to make “grunts” more lethal……

The U.S. Army is refining a plan to extend by two months the service’s 14-week infantry one station unit training, or OSUT, so young grunts arrive at their first unit more combat-ready than ever before.

Trainers at Fort Benning, Georgia will run a pilot this summer that will extend infantry OSUT from 14 weeks to 22 weeks, giving soldiers more time to practice key infantry skills such as land navigation, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, fire and maneuver and first aid training.

I must go down for the day….see you guys tomorrow….I hope everyone has a safe holiday……I smell a BBQ…….enjoy……chuq