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April 22, 2014 - 1:16 pm

A congressional Marine vet slammed a New York Times op-ed for linking veterans and white supremacy, saying “if we target specific groups like Muslims as opposed to veterans, the outcry across this country would be outrageous.”

Kathleen Belew, a postdoctoral fellow in history at Northwestern University who is working on a book on Vietnam veterans and the radical right, wrote that Overland Park Jewish center shooter Frazier Glenn Miller killed three people as “a soldier of the white power movement: a groundswell that united Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other fringe elements after the Vietnam War, crested with the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, and remains a diminished but potent threat today.”

“Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansmen and Nazis since World War II. They were central in leading Klan and neo-Nazi groups past the anti-civil rights backlash of the 1960s and toward paramilitary violence. The white power movement they forged had strongholds not only in the South, but also in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, California and Pennsylvania,” Belew continued. “Its members carried weapons like those they had used in Vietnam, and used boot-camp rhetoric to frame their pursuit of domestic enemies. They condoned violence against innocent people and, eventually, the state itself.”

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) asked on Fox “how can someone that is apparently so well-educated be so darn ignorant?”

“This is one of the most outrageous, and ignorant things I’ve ever seen written. Even for the New York Times, which nothing, you know, surprises me with what they write, but this — you shouldn’t even be able allowed to use this under your bird cage. It is disgraceful. It is shameful. And I’ll tell you what, if Ms. Belew has such a problem with our veterans, maybe she should live in a country that doesn’t provide the security and the liberty and the freedom that each and every one of our veterans provide, each and everyday. And maybe that’s what she should do,” said Grimm, a veteran of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Belew’s piece argued “it would be irresponsible to overlook the high rates of combat trauma among the 2.4 million Americans who have served in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the full impact of which has not yet materialized. Veterans of those conflicts represent just 10 percent of those getting mental health services through the Department of Veterans Affairs, where the overwhelming majority of those in treatment are still Vietnam veterans.”

Grimm said that considering there was a draft in the Vietnam war, it’s possible “that we drafted one or two that were hate martyrs.”

In the Marine Corps he knew, the congressman added, “the last thing we wanna be is hate martyrs because the — when I was trained with blacks, Latins, everything you can ever imagine, and we put our faith and our lives in each other’s hands. We developed such a respect for each other, there is no hatred at least in the Marine Corps I served in.”

Grimm said if Belew had written an article saying Muslims needed greater scrutiny, “the left, you know, the far left would be putting together marches and they would be out protesting everywhere you can imagine but because it’s our men and women in uniform, the New York Times can get away with it. And it’s again — it’s shameful.”

He added that such attitudes would serve to “dissuade” veterans suffering from PTSD and other conditions “from seeking the treatment that they need.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Soldiers, sailor & airmen are one of the biggest sources of intermarriage and immigration in the nation.

For every former service member who went to the Klan, i can find way more that married someone of another race. I can also find a fair number of soldiers that joined the black panthers or other black supremacist group.

Does Kathleen Belew project much?
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I am white, a veteran and married to an Asian.

Where do I go to get my reputation back? The NYT just impugned my character.

Once upon a time the NYT was the newspaper of record. I would say it has not been the newspaper of record for a generation now.
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No wonder the Times doesn't give back Duranty's Pulitzer. They still hate America.
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We Viet Nam veteran's have been accused of all sorts of evil for 50 years. And why? For the first time, American's saw war for what it is and they could not handle the violence of the battlefield, so they put us under the microscope. Be that as it may, most of the country accepts us now. But for the leftwing, and they will hate us forever because we served and they went to Canada. And they cannot undo that.
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I wouldn't wrap fish in that news paper.
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I think the left has to find a way to take weapons out of the hands of the Honorably Discharged. I suspect, a few of the Victor units veterans might perform line of fire from an elevated position with intersecting fire, perform a single envelopment, pop smoke, shift fire, on the likes of those in government that take American citizens' land without paying for it and murder their cows.

How long from now will the armed contractors working for the dishonorable government, as in Nevada, come across some of their old instructors in a prone position for the domestic terrorists? The BLM is talking smack about 90,000 more acres on the Oklahoma/Texas red river basin. They stole 130 acres so far from a Texas cattleman.

I smell UN agenda 21, and the CFR globalists. After a while, you can smell the enemy. In Texas, those who shoot cows are lower than horse thieves.
34 weeks ago
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The hatred the leftists have for OUR military (not the rave reviews given to those who attack us or our allies) always is waiting to bubble up just beneath the surface.

They LOVE to talk about how "war" makes OUR military "crazed, demented and dangerous". But jihad is simply "workplace" stuff.

Because being a traitor is an art form where you speak with a forked tongue out of both sides of your mouth.
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Wow, where to start on this one….

She’s basically another Ignorant Lefty with her head stuck in the Sixties, probably annoyed she wasn’t able to spit on those “baby-killer” soldiers like her hero’s did back then….

So for the sake of argument, I will throw her ONE bone concerning vets and “extremists”…. Considering over 58,000 were killed in Viet Nam, while The Draft At Large took in millions of Average Joes who DIDN’T WANT TO BE soldiers, its entirely probable some unsavory characters with racial axes to grind had their hatreds compounded with some “anti-government-ism-ness” after a forced stint against their will with Uncle Sam…..Certainly a larger chunk of the Average American Male population was a “Viet Nam (era) Vet” back then, than are “war on terror” vets today, so its reasonable to assume the average “imperfections” present in the racial barometer of the country back then would be prevalent among any average sample of troops of that period.

So, by COINCIDENCE, not cause, it is possible to say that “extremist” groups of the 70’s, 80’s, maybe into the ‘90’s, probably had a larger number of Viet Nam era vets, than, say Journalists or “postdoctoral fellows in history at Northwestern University” of the same time frame?.….this natural distribution of common population traits in a statistically average sample group (veterans) , generally frightens the pampered few who are most certainly NOT veterans (New York Times writers and their readers?) but who, through ignorance created by their incestuous political isolation from the real world , believe they are actually “the norm”…..

These Beautiful Elites see “average”, pick out normal-distribution outliers, and draw erroneous “conclusions”…. That not only does A CAUSE B, but that B is a statistically meaningful “indicator” of some imaginary “thing” brewing beneath the surface, when it is not…In short, your typical Lazy-Left mistake of shallow non-critical thinking, over exaggeration, and/or the intentional demonization of The Military for political purposes I come to expect from idiots like her.

“The Military” is the last bastion of the country the Left has yet to completely corrupt….and they know for all its faults, “the Military” has a far lower per capita rate of suicide, alcoholism, domestic violence, and sexual assault than the General Population.

The fact that, aside from Fallujah, we’ve HAD no large scale pitched battles reminiscent of, say, Tarawa or D-day to produce these alleged thousands of damaged vets with “high rates of combat trauma”. God bless all who served recently, and thank GOD they haven’t had to march out of the Chosin Reservoir, or swim for their lives among the sharks after losing ANOTHER Aircraft Carrier, in the Battle of The Afghan Sea.

Because todays Armed Forces are the best we’ve ever had…and THATS why the NYT needs to drag out the Imaginary Ghosts of Nam Costume and, pun intended, put that sheet over the head of todays soldier….

They are “looking for evidence” to support their pre-conceived notions, and like with Global Warming, anything will do in a pinch.
34 weeks ago
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How about a NYT piece linking Muslims with Islamic Supremacy?

Oh no, that would be too logical, not to mention obviously true, and they wouldn't want anything like that at the NYT as they must uphold their prime directive of only printing "All the lies that are fit to print".
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and we are paying this person, to teach our children. I want my money back.

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Veterans come from all walks of American life and they go back to all walks of American life. Some few, I'm sure, become white supremacists or revert to that way of thinking. Some few become homeless bums. Some suffer significant mental health problems but fewer than is being claimed, I think.
Far more become ordinary and even extraordinary members of our society. Presidents, physicians, members of Congress -- heh, they don't all turn out well -- mechanics, nurses, teachers.
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Right, and, some of them became founding members of the New Black Panthers and others joined the Nation of Islam. Of course, that's perfectly all right since we all know that a person of color can't possibly be a racist.
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If you are interested, Kathleen Belew (the author of the hit piece) has her mug shot online at http://thumbs.mugshots.com/gallery/images/2/2e/d9/Aleshia-Kathleen-Belew_mugshot.400x800.jpg
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She was wrongly arrested.You can't arrest Osambo lovers or communists in Chicago.(sarc. meter off).
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If this is the same person, she is going by her middle name. Which brings up the question. What was she booked for?
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Pooping on a cop's car during an Occupy event?
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