by Professor Wert, ©2021

USS Pueblo, 2012, Wikimedia Commons, cc by SA 2.0

(Sep. 12, 2021) — “The Hanging Tree” (2:50)

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘The Pulse of the Nation,’ the place to hear it here first. Our guest today is Commander Jones, retired. Welcome aboard, Commander. I understand you’ve quite a story about what happens when people are cornered.”

“Yes, I do, Zork; mind if I call you ‘Zork?’ I believe you say that it makes for a more relaxing atmosphere, and since that’s the case, please call me ‘Commander’; deal? Now what I’m about to tell you is not exactly how it went down, but close enough. The year was 1965.”


“Not quite; off the coast of China, cruising the South China Sea, specifically in the Gulf of Tonkin, which the Chinese consider their own bathtub. Bottom line, they didn’t want us there so they sent seven warships, we think, to capture us, just as the North Koreans did to the Pueblo*.”

“But you didn’t want to be captured, right?”

“That’s affirmative, so the Captain rings up our sister ship that was really close to one of our carriers, for — pretend — permission to arm our top-secret long-range homing torpedoes with nuclear warheads, and that’s when the Chinese let their guard down and we hightailed it out of there. A couple of years later there was a Star Trek episode that depicted exactly what we so successfully accomplished.”

“No way.”

“Yep, and that’s where we are now, cornered. We’re not on any ship and we don’t have any nukes, but we all have weapons of sorts and there’s over a hundred million of us who, like I said, are cornered.”

“There’s no way out?”

“Not a chance.”

“So we fight.”

“Fight or die.”

“Well, if that’s the way it is, we fight.”

“They’ll want our guns; above all else, they’ll try and take away the Second Amendment, make the confiscation all legal-like.”

“But we’re not falling for it.”

“They’ll sugar-coat it as high as Mt. Everest. At first they’ll say good Patriots will follow the orders of the president and when that doesn’t work, they’ll say that Patriots are the new terrorists; and they’ll invent new ways to trash the Constitution, believe you me.”

“That I do. But I tell you that I can’t take their stupidity any more. Who leaves their piece behind? Nobody, that’s who. And they show the picture of the General walking up the ramp at night, the last one to leave, but he was the one who left the enemy machine guns, helicopters, Humvees and a million rounds of ammo. Why? Is the General really that stupid or was he following orders that you and I wouldn’t have followed in a million years?”

“That’s why we never made ‘General.’”

“And what about the grunts, who followed the order: ‘Okay, leave everything neat and tidy for the Taliban?’ So, not only do we have one really stupid General, but we have a bunch of stupid soldiers, sailors and Marines who are just as dense as the General. I used to have faith in the Sergeants and the Chiefs of the military, but no more. They ALL had a hand in it, so they’re ALL equally guilty.”

“Well, even though it hurts, I have to agree with you.”

“And they’ll be the same ones who will fire on the civilians who refuse to get the so-called Chinese biological weapon COVID-19 vaccine, or who will refuse to become defenseless by turning in their guns for ‘Patriotic Reasons.’ They can kiss my grits.”

“Mine, too.”

“So they’ve put us in a corner.”


“If we get the shot, then we’re just like Cuba and Venezuela: lost and defenseless.”

“That’s what they want: Socialism; inflation and starvation. The New World Order, American style: home invasions up, rapes up, murders up, rape gangs up; suicide bombings up; fraudulent elections up.”

“But, since we’re cornered, we fight back.”

“Who first?”

“Always the weakest link: judges, just as Shakespeare said in Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, Scene 2: ‘First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,’ but in our case we’ll go after the judges who are not Constitutionalists; fair enough?”

“Fair enough.”



[*Pueblo: The capture of the USS Pueblo is one very good example of dealing with people who never have any intention of playing by rules and, if that’s the case — which it is, we should have learned it. When at war, you fight to win; when in a firefight, you fight to survive.

In Vietnam we had restrictions that favored the enemy, so much so that the SAM missiles being delivered on railroad flatcars from China were off-limits, and it got so bad that they didn’t even bother to cover them. That’s right, there they were: nice shiny missiles to down our aircraft, targets of opportunity if there ever was one: OFF-LIMITS.

And then the NVA could cross the DMZ but we couldn’t; they could attack us from Laos and Cambodia but we couldn’t go after them. Rules of Engagement will get you killed and, as it happened in Vietnam, the same darn tactics and rules were used in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon is to blame, along with our incompetent Secretaries of Defense, worthless incompetents ever since WWII. We just never learned, and each and every soldier’s death can be directly attributed to plain and simple stupidity by those who never had the slightest clue what fighting for your life is all about.

They shoot at you and then run into a mosque or a house; I’m calling the flyboys to drop a 500-pounder right on top of their heads, but that’s not allowed, now, is it? They attack you from a graveyard; I’m calling that plane back, but that, too, is not allowed. You see them plant a roadside bomb, but you can’t kill them because you don’t see a weapon or they’re not shooting at you, so you watch them plant the bomb and then walk away while they hand- gesture you. Me? I just emptied my clip at them.]

And I Love Her” (3:28)

Professor Wert 

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