The godlike reference by Bill O’Reilly to the supposed massacre by the 82nd Airborne Division of German prisoners at Malmedy during the Bulge is on this page. In fact it was soldiers of the 1st SS Panzer Divsion, specifically the Regiment Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler who massacred AMERICAN prisoners at Malmedy. Their commander (Jochen Peiper) was tried for this crime after the war and condemned to death, then later released for "time served" in part because of the testimony of an American officer prisoner held at Peiper’s headquarters who said that Peiper never knew about it. Amusing.
As Clark said in this exchange, O’Reilly should apologise to the 82nd. Either that or they should go visit him.
But the "real deal" here is the segment on TDS in which Myers tells McCain that people who served in the VN war don’t understand Iraq. McCain was annoyed. Now I am sure that it is true that Myers served in VN and that he does not understand Iraq. Myers was a fighter jock or some such flying creature in VN. The fighter guys’ life consisted of getting up in the morning, having a nice breakfast, getting briefed, taking off, flying to the target, doing "whatever," landing at the base, having a nice dinner, watching a Filipino floor show complete with watching nice looking girls perform "Country Roads," and then going to bed early to get enough "crew rest." The next day – the same thing. You don’t learn much about counterinsurgency that way.
Now, before the cards and letter start I would like to stipulate a couple of things:
– I owe my life to the USAF on any number of occasions.
– I always enjoyed the floor show whenever I got the chance to go visit one of their bases.
Nevertheless, I can only hope that General Pace will have more common sense than this.
For the record and always:
"Counterinsurgency=Political Action+Civic Action+Countrguerrilla Operations"
"Revolutionary War=Political Action+Civic Action+Guerilla War (Guerillas+sabotage+terrorism)"
I learned that from several Frenchmen including Bernard Fall who taught me at Ft. Bragg.