I feel like I have an enormous lot in common with Tom Chittum. I am the anonymous mud soldier who has been there and seen the reality of these things with my own eyes. I am the soldier who never got promoted, never got recognized until he came to the end of his term and then was called the greatest soldier who had ever donned a uniform for a short while. All these same things have happened to Chittum. Chittum wasn't given many medals despite he did more real fighting than all the back office desk soldiers ever submitted themselves awards for. Chittum fought behind a wall of body bags for days while suppressing successive waves of Viet Cong charging their position. The U.S. government sent them up there expecting them to die and some of them broke ranks and had the temerity to survive and come back down off that hill. I know about seeing behind the curtain and knowing what is really happening because I was the boots on the ground. I can't talk about a lot of things I saw in the military other than I learned that every single thing governments tell their people is a lie. Not one word of it is true. With the advent of the green screen it has become utterly impossible to even trust what you think you are seeing. That's why they make soldiers sign so many declarations of secrecy when they get discharged - they don't want them to ever talk about what they saw. So I never have. I kept my side of the bargain and in return the Army agreed to remove me from the selective service rolls. They kept their side of the bargain as well and I moved to Australia and have never heard from them since and hope I never do. My worst fear over the past 20 years was expecting a letter in the mail ordering me back to duty for one of these conflicts even when I was in my fifties. I'm glad it never arrived.
The Butchers of the 173rd Sent To The Ukraine
Vietnam was the war that America used to start concentrating on mainly killing unarmed noncombatants, mostly women and children. Chittum saw the Viet Cong were primarily funded and aided by communist fifth columns in New York city - he found the incriminating paperwork and held it in his own hands. All of these people are not in separate camps of opposition - they're all in it together. The only people doing the real fighting and dying are the children of the poor sent as their butchers. Pretending to be dichotomies is what they do. Ultimately none of these wars is real at all - they are floor shows where real live human beings are killed to add to the dramatic effect.
Whatever noble causes they tell the rubes the war is fought over, the reality is all in that billboard photo in the top of the article. It's just about body counts and if it isn't the enemy they will shoot civilians at random to reach them. In recent years I have a sense that civilians are the only people dying in these wars any more at all. Someday soon, the mass extermination of civilians will become the purest expression of the psychosis of warfare with whole populations vanishing in an instant.