- "Presidents" leave legacies behind them, that
in later years provide essential clues to what their policies and actions
really created at the time that their policies were originated. One such
"legacy" is already beginning to make itself felt in what should
be called 'The Bush Brigades' that are based in Fort Carson Colorado. The
2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment. The battalion's nickname is The
Lethal Warriors. In Iraq the unit fought in some of the war's bloodiest
battles, in Ramadi on its first tour, downtown Baghdad on its second. In
May the unit deployed again this time to Afghanistan.
- "Since 2006 ten infantry soldiers have been arrested
and accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter. Others have committed
other violent crimes. Some of the veterans have committed suicide.
- In a one-year period from the fall of 2007 to the fall
of 2008, the murder rate for members of the Army unit was 114 times the
rate for Colorado Springs" "Before the murders started, Anthony
Marquez's mom dialed his sergeant at Fort Carson to warn that her son was
poised to kill.
- It was February 2006, and the 21-year-old soldier had
not been the same since being wounded and coming home from Iraq eight months
before. He had violent outbursts and thrashing nightmares. He was devouring
pain pills and drinking too much. He always packed a gun.
- "It was a dangerous combination. I told them he
was a walking time bomb," said his mother, Teresa Hernandez, [a civilian
- His sergeant told her there was nothing he could do.
Then, she said, he started taunting her son, saying things like, "Your
mommy called. She says you are going crazy." Eight months later, the
time bomb exploded when her son used a stun gun to repeatedly shock a small-time
drug dealer in Widefield over an ounce of marijuana; then shot him through
- Marquez was the first infantry soldier in his brigade
to murder someone after returning from Iraq. But he wasn't the last. Marquez's
3,500-soldier unit - now called the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade
Combat Team - fought in some of the bloodiest places in Iraq, taking the
most casualties of any Fort Carson unit by far.
- Back home, 10 of its infantrymen have been arrested and
accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter since 2006. Others
have committed suicide, or tried to.Almost all those soldiers were kids,
too young to buy a beer, when they volunteered for one of the most dangerous
jobs in the world. Almost none had serious criminal backgrounds. Many were
awarded medals for good conduct." (1)
- This story by David Philipps in the Colorado Gazette
is a two part, in-depth look, into what has happened to some and what continues
to happen to too many of those that were sucked up into The Bush Brigades.
These are units that are unlike any that the US created before Bush began
to twist service in the US military into a paranoid street version of the
'Road Warrior' mentality. This phenomena affects so much of the whole society
now: from the rogue-cops and various 'security' personnel virtually throughout
the United States, who feel free to torture people with false arrests,
with beatings and tasers, all the way to the unchecked murders of hundreds
of Americans, based on the examples set and learned, by being permanently
caught-up in this never-ending Cheney-Bush-Obama-War against the world-where
everyone not in a US uniform is the enemy-24-7 and 365 days a year!
- One Example from Part One of Philipps article: "Eastridge,
an infantry specialist now serving 10 years for accessory to murder, said
it will take a lot to wipe away the stain of Iraq.
- "The Army trains you to be this way. In bayonet
training, the sergeant would yell, 'What makes the grass grow?' and we
would yell, 'Blood! Blood! Blood!' as we stabbed the dummy. The Army pounds
it into your head until it is instinct: Kill everybody, kill everybody.
And you do. Then they just think you can just come home and turn it off.
... If they don't figure out how to take care of the soldiers they trained
to kill, this is just going to keep happening.""
- ?The Bush Crime Family was very fond of calling these
people "Warriors" instead of soldiers. But a Warrior is about
a whole lot more than just fighting. It's about anyone that has real commitments
to things like honor and courage, as well as having become proficient in
the arts & letters side of normal life; in other words 'Warriors"
are dedicated people first and fighters second. The Bushwhackers created
street thugs; gave them the latest weapons and a uniform; then told them
to kill everything that moves which is what they did. What these
thugs accomplished had nothing to do with being 'Warriors' or with protecting
America from our real enemies which are the people in the Cheney-Bush &
Obama White House and their owners that created this phony war against
Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Pakistan, as well as Lebanon and Iran, if they
can catch us sleeping long enough, to let the Zionist-Dogs-of-War loose
- No one in this government can satisfactorily explain
why the US is fighting in the Middle-East right now, or in any of the countries
in which we have stationed troops. The government created a cover-story
for 911 that is so filled with holes that it has become a national embarrassment,
as well as the excuse for treason and lies-unending about purpose and honor
and freedom and democracy when all that 911 really was-was the consequence
that was needed to create opportunities-unlimited in their plans to steal
the world. Nine-Eleven was not an attack upon this nation: it was murder
on a massive scale, created by the same people that have profited so enormously
from everything that has happened since. That black-day in the life of
the planet had nothing whatever to do with our military invasions which
we are still living and dying with, around the world today.
- No nation has the right to invade any other nation, and
by law, can only do so in self-defense. Cheney-Bush and Rumsfeld rewrote
that centuries old law to profit the corporations and the bankers that
own them all. In 1947 the US renamed the War Department to obscure their
aggressive behavior by calling it the US Department of Defense. But Robert
Gates, the current Secretary has reverted to the original name-he now calls
himself the US Secretary of WAR! That is now the official position of the
- However that still leaves the public that has allowed
its children and loved ones to "serve" in the hypocrisy of a
military that has become 'the most aggressive-force in the world today
for war.' We have become not 'the defender' of anything decent or just.
Instead we stand for private-corporate profits and the bottom line of the
leading criminal-conspiracies that are known around the world for their
barbarity of their tactics and for their insatiable greed as well. This
is what those in uniform overseas are dying for every minute of every day
that we continue to allow these aggressions to continue, against people
and places that have not threatened the United States or its people; But
who have primarily fought long and hard against our invasion of their lands
and their ways of life. If this situation were reversed, Americans might
far more easily understand why these people fight us with every breath
they take: Why do we not just leave: Because every minute that we can continue
these illegal and unilateral wars means millions more for those that created
this situation in the first place.
- Casualties of WAR: Part Two, Warning Signs
- "After coming home from Iraq, 21-year-old medic
Bruce Bastien was driving with his Army buddy Louis Bressler, 24, when
they spotted a woman walking to work on a Colorado Springs street. Bressler
swerved and hit the woman with the car, according to police, then Bastien
jumped out and stabbed her over and over.
- (A word of caution about the language and content of
this story: Please see Editor's Note)
- It was October 2007. A fellow soldier, Kenneth Eastridge,
24, watched it all from the passenger seat. At that moment, he said, it
was clear that however messed up some of the soldiers in the unit had been
after their first Iraq deployment, it was about to get much worse. "I
have no problem with killing," said Eastridge, a two-tour infantryman
with almost 80 confirmed kills. "But I won't just murder someone for
no reason. He had gone crazy."
- Hear the prison interviews with Kenneth Eastridge.
- All three soldiers belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 12th
Infantry Regiment, part of Fort Carson's 4th Brigade Combat Team. The 500-soldier
infantry battalion nicknamed itself the "Lethal Warriors." They
fought in the deadliest places in the war twice - first in the Sunni Triangle,
then in downtown Baghdad. Since their return late in 2007, eight infantry
soldiers have been arrested and accused of murder, attempted murder or
manslaughter. Another two soldiers from the brigade were arrested and accused
of murder and attempted murder after the first tour. Others have committed
other violent crimes. Others have committed suicide." (2)
- Aside from this in-depth story there is more evidence
of the extent of our complicity in this Bush-league idea of making war
using the naïve and the all-too-willing to maim and kill without regard
for what they are actually doing, which just happens to violate all the
rules of war in the Geneva conventions. That evidence can be found in the
background and reputation of the new general just appointed to oversea
the bloodbath that Afghanistan has now become.
- "Seeking to shake up the direction of the war, Defense
Secretary Robert Gates sent McChrystal to lead the 42-nation effort in
Kabul in the middle of U.S. Gen. David McKiernan's two-year assignment,
effectively ending the career of a four-star general whom McChrystal called
a "fellow soldier and friend."
- McChrystal is expected to take a more unconventional
approach to the increasingly violent campaign in Afghanistan, relying on
decades of experience with special operators - elite military units like
Navy SEALs and Army's Delta Force that carry out dangerous and secretive
- Speaking before several hundred troops at a ceremony
filled with colorful flags and a military band at a heavily fortified base
in central Kabul, McChrystal said the international mission "must
recapture the excitement and inspiration that ignited this country"
after the 2001 fall of the Taliban regime." (3)
- The unsaid part of McChrystal's new direction will also
involve more from highly paid private-mercenary forces that will continue
to do their overpaid-best to continue to destabilize the population and
terrorize the people we are supposedly there to "protect." And
following on the examples that led directly to failure in Vietnam, McChrystal
has now stopped reporting on the number of enemy 'insurgents' killed (as
too many have turned out to be babies and women): it is also doubtful that
real casualties will be reported about American deaths, as these figures
might cause the public to want to compare what we're getting for all the
death we both suffer and generate.
- War is not a game nor is it the highly dramatic series
of events that McChrystal wants to create to keep the home-team cheering.
War is supposed to be the last resort for any nation to turn to when the
life of that nation is threatened. But in the world of Cheney-Bush-Obama,
war has become just another profit-stream that uses up our youth as road-kill
on the way to ever-greater profits for the multi-national Banksters and
the New World Order. Apparently one very large and planned-for side effect
of these wars-without-end has been the destruction of the society here,
as well as around the world.
- But Americans will soon begin to see this entire issue
from a whole new vantage point-come September, when the truth begins to
strip away the pancake make-up that we've allowed our traitors to use,
to cover-up the actual State of the broken-Union here as well as around
the world. What happened to those troops of ours, not just from Fort Carson,
Colorado; but from everywhere that sent them and that will soon have to
face what they've created on the streets and by-ways of America, when HOMELAND
Security begins to crack down on anyone and every one that disagrees with
these wars and with the loss of our own nation and its theoretical constitutional
- Good Luck America because we're going to need it!
- 1) Causalities of War, Part One: The hell of War comes
- 2) Causalities of War, Part Two: Warning Signs
- 3) New General Takes Reins in Afghanistan