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Email from a US War Hero and former POW in Vietnam

25 March 2015

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Major (retired) Mark Smith, United States Army Special Forces

In many cases skill identifiers or other terms are used to describe the soldiers of today. My mind always goes back to a bus station in Cincinnati Ohio in the dark of the night after I had been shown the door by my Christian boarding school in Kentucky. Thrown out for being too “California” in my senior year I figured my life was over before really beginning. Being on the honor roll could not keep you in school if the girls across campus liked you because that was verboten and you had been sent by Satan to tempt them. Late that night the dregs of the earth came out of their lairs with ‘Where you heading boy?’ Then a clear voice of authority; “Leave him alone or I will stomp you into the cement with these jump boots.” 

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Comfort Women Scam Splashing in Canada

20 March 2015

The comfort women statues are all part of a giant scam perpetrated by Koreans and Chinese.  The ultimate goal is to cause frictions with our alliance with Japan, and to keep Japan weak.  China is on the march.  Korea is their puppet.

Please see this letter:

March 18, 2015

Mayor Derek Corrigan
City of Burnaby
4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5G, IM2

Honorable Mayor Corrigan,

It is my understanding the City of Burnaby is going to be considering approval of the installation of a Korean Comfort Woman Statue Monument within the limits of the City. To grant a permit for such a controversial international monument is certainly not in best interest for the City of Burnaby. It will be detrimental and damaging to the fine relationship of the city with Japanese companies and the many Canadian and Americans of Japanese ancestry residents in both the City of Burnaby and elsewhere in Canada or the United States.

To offer the objection from the perspective of a Japanese American Korean War Veteran, I would like to introduce myself. I have been a resident of Buena Park, California for 30 years and prior to that lived in nearby La Mirada for 23 years and have had a Land Surveying business in Fullerton for over 30 years.  I am a second generation American of Japanese Ancestry born, raised and educated in Redlands, California.

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Al Jazeera on the World War II Sex-Slave issue

16 March 2015

This issue will come back to haunt the USA.  I have been explaining this on Facebook and in many interviews.  Please join my Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage

From Al Jazeera today:

"Perhaps the most high-profile American recruit to the cause is Michael Yon, an award-winning writer and photographer who gained a degree of prominence for his on-the-ground coverage of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read more: Al Jazeera on the World War II Sex-Slave issue

Ferguson Shooting: Why did the officer not shoot Brown in the legs?

30 Nov 2014

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My original Facebook post has gone viral: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPage/photos/a.235978145664.135781.207730000664/10152528709400665/?type=1&theater

Slightly edited version:

Many people innocently ask why Officer Wilson did not shoot Michael Brown in the legs. The answer could stretch for pages.  More succinctly, a couple handfuls of reasons:

1) This ain't the movies

2) Most police do not fire their weapons much. Most are not great shots.

Read more: Ferguson Shooting: Why did the officer not shoot Brown in the legs?

US threatens to cut $10 million aid to Thailand (not a joke)

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23 May 2014

[Taken from Michael Yon's Facebook page]

This is like threatening to trim a single hair off an elephant. Thailand will not notice that $10m any more than Florida would miss a cloud in the sky.

More important is the silly posturing by the United States Government, threatening Thailand, along with what might be the most idiotic US Ambassador ever, anywhere.

Read more: US threatens to cut $10 million aid to Thailand (not a joke)

Andrew MacGregor Marshall, Former Journalist.

05 May 2014

image011Andrew Marshall.

Over the years an unwelcome retinue of stalkers appeared at my heels.  Only a few stand out.  Just why I suffer from stalkers is a mystery: I am no Brad Pitt or Justin Bieber.

My latest stalker is Mr. Andrew MacGregor Marshall.  This former Reuters bureau chief is infamous in Thailand for maligning the Thai Royal Family, his combative and insulting misconduct on social media, and his infatuation with prostitution.

Writing such a dispatch as this is a displeasurable experience.  It feels like dirty work.  Something that causes one to wash hands and the keyboard after it is finished.  The subject is what it is.

Read more: Andrew MacGregor Marshall, Former Journalist.

ผู้ชุมนุมไทยรุนแรงหรือไม่?

20 April 2014

IMGM4383ผู้ร่วมอยู่ในเหตุการณ์เมื่อวันที่26ธันวาคา2556 ที่ดินแดง กรุงเทพฯ

คำถามนั้นตรงไปตรงมาแต่คำตอบไม่เป็นเช่นนั้นสิ่งแรกเราต้องจำแนกผู้เข้าร่วมหลักๆเสียก่อนในงานเขียนชิ้นนี้เราจะพิจารณาผู้ชุมนุมที่เรียกว่ามวลชนนกหวีดส่วนเสื้อแดงนั้นเราจะวิเคราะห์ในงานอีกชิ้นหนึ่ง

Read more: ผู้ชุมนุมไทยรุนแรงหรือไม่?

Anatomy of Current Thai Protests

27 April 2014

To understand this dispatch in context, please read the previous dispatches:

Are Thai Protestors Violent?

Whistleblowers: A Meta Organization

We begin:

IMG 1867PDRC members after a deadly grenade attack on a PDRC march. The grenade landed near PRDC leader Mr. Suthep Thaugsuban. Security told Mr. Suthep to get in a car to be whisked away, but he refused to leave and continued marching.

A smaller Whistle Blowing ally of PDRC is Kor Por Tor:  KPT is the Student and People Alliance for the Reform of Thailand.  Various groups have both English and Thai names and acronyms.  In English language newspapers, KPT is often called NSPRT.

KPT has separate leadership and methods, but they ally with PDRC.  KPT also allies with aggrieved rice farmers due to their common goals.  KPT is the only pro-reform group willing to wage open battle.

Read more: Anatomy of Current Thai Protests

Whistleblowers: a Meta-Organization

22 April 2014

IMG 1989PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban: PDRC crowds are easy to spot by the whistles and Thai flags.

To understand this dispatch in context, please read the previous dispatch:

Are Thai Protestors Violent?

We begin:

PAD and UDD crowds are easy to spot: PAD = Yellow Shirts.  UDD = Red Shirts.

Yellow is the King’s color.  PAD is strongly pro-Monarchy.  UDD leadership is sharply anti-Monarchy, though many individual Red Shirts do love the Monarchy.

Again, Yellow Shirt and Red Shirt gatherings are easy to spot: large numbers of people wear Yellow or Red shirts.  It can be that simple.

Read more: Whistleblowers: a Meta-Organization

Are Thai Protestors Violent?

20 April 2014

IMGM4383Witness to the 26 December 2013 fighting, Din Daeng, Bangkok

The question is straightforward but the answer is not.  First, we must delineate the main participants. This dispatch will primarily discuss the Thai protestors known as "Whistleblowers."  The Red Shirts will be analyzed in a separate piece.

Read more: Are Thai Protestors Violent?

Military Options for Ukraine

28 March 2014

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The Red Barbarian is massing on the Ukrainian border.  A hundred thousand Russian troops are said to be preparing to invade Ukraine.  Russians can easily prevail against the tiny Ukrainian military if Ukrainians stand their ground.  But a larger guerrilla war can be another story.  We easily beat back the Iraqi Army and masses of Taliban, only to face long, bloody guerrilla wars.

Read more: Military Options for Ukraine

ความวุ่นวายในไทย: ข้อสังเกตและความคิดบางประการ

ตอนที่1 จากประมาณ10 ตอน

นำแสดงโดย:อภิสิทธิ์, ท่านพุทธอิสระ, หมอทำนายชาวพม่า, ประชาธิปัตย์, นักข่าวที่ดีและที่ไม่ดี, คปท., ชายชุดดำ, กปปส., พรรคเพื่อไทย, สันติอโศก, สาธิตเซกัล, สุเทพ, กองทัพบกไทย, ตำรวจไทย, เอกอัครราชทูตอเมริกาคริสตี้เคนนี่, เสื้อเหลือง, ยิ่งลักษณ์, คุณ

image001อภิสิทธิ์ ปฏิเสธการนิรโทษกรรม ในขณะที่ต้องหาคดีฆ่า 12 ศพ

อภิสิทธิ์เวชชาชีวะอดีตนายกรัฐมนตรีของไทย

มีความเข้าใจผิดว่าคุณอภิสิทธิ์กับผมเป็นเพื่อนที่เล่นกอล์ฟด้วยกันเพื่อนเก่าที่สนิทกันมานานสิ่งนี้ยังผลให้เกิดข่าวลือความจริงเกี่ยวกับความสัมพันธ์ของเราคือผมใช้เวลาเดินทางกับเขาหนึ่งครั้งจากหาดใหญ่ในปี2553 หลังจากที่การต่อสู้อย่างรุนแรงในกรุงเทพฯเพิ่งเกิดขึ้นหลังจากนั้นเมื่อหนังสือของเขา "The Simple Truth" ได้ตีพิมพ์สองหน้าหลังได้เขียนเกี่ยวกับผมผมได้อนุญาตให้ใช้งานในเฟซบุ๊คผมในหน้าเหล่านั้นเป็นการกล่าวแบบปกติว่าข้อหาฆ่าผู้อื่นที่คุณอภิสิทธิ์และรองนายกฯในขณะนั้น,คุณสุุเทพเทือกสุบรรณ, โดนกล่าวหานั้นไม่เป็นธรรมและไม่ยุติธรรม

ในช่วงสองสามสัปดาห์นี้เราได้คุยกันแบบส่วนตัวเป็นเวลารวมประมาณ3 ชั่วโมง

Read more: ความวุ่นวายในไทย: ข้อสังเกตและความคิดบางประการ

Thai Turmoil: Some observations and thoughts

Part 1 of about 10

20 March 2014

Starring: Abhisit, Buddha Issara, Burmese Fortune Teller, Democrats, Farmers, Journalists good and bad, KPT, Men in Black, PDRC, Puea Thai Party, Santi Asoke, Satish Sehgal Suthep, Thai Army, Thai Police, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney, Yellow Shirts, Yingluck, You

image001Abhisit refused amnesty on 12 murder charges

Abhisit Vejjajiva is a former Prime Minister of Thailand.

There is a misconception that Abhisit and I are golf buddies, old pals who go way back.  This is the result of propaganda.  The truth of our relationship is that I took one trip with him to Hat Yai in 2010, just after the intense fighting in Bangkok.  Later when his book The Simple Truth was published, the final two pages were written by me.  Those pages were taken with my permission from Facebook, simply stating that the murder charges against him and his Deputy Prime Minister at the time, Suthep Thaugsuban, are bogus and unjust.

Read more: Thai Turmoil: Some observations and thoughts

A Simple Man scores a Major Win

22 February 2014

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(It has been a long day, and tomorrow comes early. I rush to write these words with a single pass and no edit. Please forgive me.)

We begin:

This is a difficult struggle to overthrow an enormously corrupt Thai government. The struggle is marked by a series of independent victories.

This afternoon I spent more than two hours with a well-known retired general discussing the matter, and then I spent more than three hours with farmers. All agree that Yingluck's days are growing shorter.

One farmer is Ravee Roongraung. Khun Ravee is a rice farmer from Petchaburi. Khun Ravee has risen to the occasion to lead farmers from seven provinces to demand payment for their stolen rice.

Read more: A Simple Man scores a Major Win

General Menard in Jail for "Gun Running"

30 January 2014

This is the Canadian Brigadier General that I wrote should be fired for incompetence in Afghanistan. This caused me no end of troubles but was worth it. My work directly resulted in Menard's firing and he departed the Army.

And now he is in jail in Afghanistan. Maybe he has been set up -- I have no idea. But I do hope that he is released from the Afghan jail and sent home in good sorts.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/01/29/former_canadian_brigadiergeneral_daniel_menard_in_afghan_jail.html

US Embassy Bangkok: US Soldier Running Rogue Operation?

img001CJ Grisham was arrested in Texas a second time this past November for criminal trespass.

18 December 2013

A troubled US Army Soldier claimed to be assigned to the US Embassy in Bangkok for an unknown purpose.

The active duty counterintelligence soldier, who has a Top Secret clearance, is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.  Until recently, when I alerted the Army of a possible rogue operation, the counterintelligence sergeant listed his duty station as the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

The soldier has never been stationed in Thailand.  There is no evidence that he has ever visited Thailand.

Read more: US Embassy Bangkok: US Soldier Running Rogue Operation?

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