Friday, August 10, 2012

The coming Civil War

The article below from The Washington Times, a verifiable source...

But, first, a note [from a Viet Nam veteran friend]:

There is precedent for active Army soldiers becoming involved in civil unrest situations.

Personal anecdote:  Baltimore riots, 06-14 April 1968

I was a member of B Company, 1st Battalion 58th Infantry, 197th Infantry Brigade, stationed at Ft. Benning, GA.  We were all (100%) Viet Nam combat infantry Veterans, used primarily as the aggressor force in training both the about-to-graduate OCS cadets from Ft. Benning and at West Point.

[We always won those contests, believe me!]

Our entire Battalion was activated, and the majority of us sent to Baltimore to quell that riot.  (We were also deployed to the riots at the 1968 Dem Convention in Chicago).

We arrived in Baltimore & deployed fully armed - weapons loaded, etc.

We mostly conducted squad-sized patrols.  Ran into, and actually had some fire fights with local Nat'l Guard soldiers who were looting.  There were KIAs involved - Guard soldiers, not ours. 

A few civilian casualties as well.

At the end, we conducted large-scale sweeps of neighborhoods.

For example, one evening our soldiers were deployed in single files, two (2) files deep, one behind the other, down a 6 block line in front of apartment houses.  Immediately behind our second file was a single file of police officers.  It looked like this:

6 blocks of apartments         aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Soldiers                              sssssssssssssss
Soldiers                              sssssssssssssss
Police                                 ppppppppppppppp

On order, we moved out.  Soldiers in line #1 entered each apartment and went to the top floor.  Soldiers in line #2 waited in the lobby area of each apartment.  Police waited at curbside in front.

Soldiers in line #1 then began, starting at the top floor, to enter each/every aparatment and remove the occupants, men/women/children & pets, and  bring them down to the lobby where the #2 line of soldiers received them.

The #2 line of soldiers then escorted the occupants out front, where they were seated on the curb by the police, who then went through the individual ID process, etc.

EDITORIAL: The Civil War of 2016
U.S. military officers are told to plan to fight Americans
The Washington Times Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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