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I called Newt Gingrich about Donald Trump

16 March 2016

Several years ago, Mr. Gingrich called me about something and I still have his private number.  So I called him this evening from China to ask his thoughts about Donald Trump.  This audio is short and unedited, though it kicks in about 20 seconds after we started talking:

If the above player doesn't work you can access the audio directly here.

Possible Chemical Weapons attack in Northern Iraq

UPDATE 14 Feb 2016:

This came from a former EOD officer and close friend who served two tours in Iraq and still teaches internationally on the topic:

Oh, before I forget, they really need some 256 kits to be sure on the chem from the Free Burma Ranger report. Some incendiary compounds can fail to ignite and look like a black oily mess with fumes on occasion. Given that various groups in that region typically modify ordnance I would not put it past them to improvise an incendiary.

 

I'm not sure either way and would have to defer to the blood test from the hospital on those who were exposed as well as a 256 kit or other detection to see, but black and oil could also be an incendiary as well as chemical. Just another potential.

http://luxfermagtech.com/m256a1-chemical-agent-detector-kit/

13 Feburary 2016

Just in from Iraq: Victim interview after yesterday's possible Chemical Weapons attack in Northern Iraq

From Free Burma Rangers in Iraq. FBR told me just now that NYT likely will publish on it.

Please scroll down for two previous entries from my FB with far more details on who, what, when, where, how.

Read more: Possible Chemical Weapons attack in Northern Iraq

慰安婦問題と 米国

慰安婦問題など米国にとって重要ではない、と思うかもしれない。しかしこの本質は、日米韓などの同盟関係をターゲットにして我々の関係を分断するために捏造されたものなのだ。私はこれまでに9カ国でこの件を調査してきた。

問題の本質をズバリ書くジャーナリストは1%ほどだろう。ほとんどの記事は「他の情報源」からの受け売りにすぎないが、その「他の情報源」というものも実は情報源ではなく、そのまた元の情報源をもとに作った物語に過ぎない。

だが、実際何が起こっているのか、その意味に気づき始めた読者がいる。

Read more: 慰安婦問題と 米国

Deuce Four: B. General Erik Kurilla makes an Amazing Speech

06 January 2016

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Erik is the finest combat leader I ever went to combat with. Spent five months with him. Before I got there to the unit in Mosul, Erik had already been knocked out by a car bomb and all sorts of other things, but was still doing missions literally 7 days per week, as the battalion commander.

The enemy hated Erik so much that they put a bounty on him. The enemy hated Deuce Four. I loved them. They were incredibly aggressive and so there was constant contact with the enemy.

Read more: Deuce Four: B. General Erik Kurilla makes an Amazing Speech

Ice Horse in Iraq

09 November 2015

Ice Horse in IraqIce delivery in Baqubah, Iraq, during operation Arrowhead Ripper

Afghanistan: General John Campbell -- I do not trust him

07 October 2015

General Campbell is commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan. After this devastating Kunduz hospital airstrike, I again withheld judgment until more facts came in.

Our HQ in Afghanistan, under command of General Campbell, told me explicitly in writing that our troops were taking fire from the facilities. This turned out to be false. Our side continues to change its story.

As a writer and war correspondent who covered those very battlefields, I have seen endless media stampedes during which a rush to judgment led to bad outcomes for everyone.

Read more: Afghanistan: General John Campbell -- I do not trust him

Be a Palm Tree: Tobacco, Rebel Flag, 2nd Amendment

13 July 2015

image001A few palm trees remain standing in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the most powerful storm in history. Tacloban, Philippines. (1)

Michael Yon
Tokyo, Japan

Opinion

Across the globe and many cultures, the humble palm tree has been a symbol of wisdom, resilience, and the successful warrior.

There is a reason why great banana farms are not found in areas prone to frequent typhoon strikes: Banana trees are soft and they bend too much and break and are flattened by a tropical sneeze.

Likewise, harder trees such as pine are flattened by the thousands during storms, while the palm tree, hard, but bending with the winds, remains standing even by the very edge of the sea the morning after a hurricane. 

Read more: Be a Palm Tree: Tobacco, Rebel Flag, 2nd Amendment

Central Washington University Earns Failing Grade in History

15 June 2015

(The unnamed Author was a witness at CWU and is known to me.)

The scene last April, as noted by an observer at the event, “was pure agitprop straight from a religious revival or political rally.”  Staff stopped and redirected visitors; teachers entered the rival event and cajoled students to leave, making faces and sounds to signify disapproval and to influence the audience's perception of the speakers, and coordinated ad hominem attacks and improper comparisons to Nazis.  Rather than allow academic freedom and reasoned inquiry into an issue, Central Washington University (CWU) looked more like a propaganda theater run by Stalinists than an American institution of higher learning.

Read more: Central Washington University Earns Failing Grade in History

Detailed Review of the Film “Scottsboro Girls”

 A film in Defense of Japanese Honor in the Face of Condemnation over alleged World War II Sex-slavery

10 June 2015

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Bottom line up front: I strongly recommend that this film not be promoted to western audiences. It will be counterproductive. Anyone who is serious about presenting the truth on the Comfort Woman issue to an educated western audience should distance himself or herself from this film.

This critique is not about filmmaker Yujiro Taniyama as a man, but of his film. It is a disaster that needs to be edited with a chainsaw, or tossed out entirely. Filmmaker Yujiro Taniyama is not dishonest in his product. I am familiar with the World War II comfort women subject. The facts he presents are accurate. His presentation is a disaster.

I first watched the film months ago in Tokyo, and had another copy sent to me in Thailand for this review. On a factual basis, Yujiro “Yuji” Taniyama does not commit any errors to my knowledge. However, at least 90% of the material needs to be remade or hacked out of the film.

Read more: Detailed Review of the Film “Scottsboro Girls”

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.” 

Read more: Email from a US War Hero and former POW in Vietnam

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.

Read more: Comfort Women Scam Splashing in Canada

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

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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

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คำถามนั้นตรงไปตรงมาแต่คำตอบไม่เป็นเช่นนั้นสิ่งแรกเราต้องจำแนกผู้เข้าร่วมหลักๆเสียก่อนในงานเขียนชิ้นนี้เราจะพิจารณาผู้ชุมนุมที่เรียกว่ามวลชนนกหวีดส่วนเสื้อแดงนั้นเราจะวิเคราะห์ในงานอีกชิ้นหนึ่ง

Read more: ผู้ชุมนุมไทยรุนแรงหรือไม่?

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