This may be considered by some to be a RANT. If that is you, just come back in a day or so and this post will have drifted down the page a bit.
Yesterday was June 8th 2009. It was the 42nd anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty. 34 Americans killed and 174 wounded-by an ally. Yes, that is correct. An ally. Unlike the Pueblo, Liberty was in International waters. Unlike Pueblo, Liberty was patrolling off the coast of an ally, not an adversary.
The story of Liberty is here: U.S.S. Liberty
From the U.S.S. Liberty page:
The Betrayal of American Veterans
Americans who volunteer for military service effectively write a blank check, payable to the United States of America for an amount “up to and including my life.” The United States, in turn, promises to spend these checks responsibly. That bargain implicitly includes a promise by the United States to protect them and to seek retribution against anyone who harms them. In the case of USS Liberty, the United States has failed to keep its end of the bargain.
We Americans make mistakes often. This one stands out as particularly damning. If you find this interesting you should find the results of the 2003 inquiry led by Admiral Moorer. It makes some very interesting reading.
Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W7MAP/5