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Me and John Wayne on Memorial Day
Recently I came across an old picture of me when
I was in kindergarten. ( See attached photo )
I think it was the first day of school, as my father
took the picture in 1950.
We were living at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as my father
was a career Army officer and combat veteran in the
16 months he spend in North Africa fighting the Germans.
He had profound PTSD, and the entire family inherited it.
As you can see by the picture, I am holding a school notebook with a picture of John Wayne on the cover.
Little did I know, John Wayne was preparing me for Viet Nam.
Very few World War II veterans talked about the war, so they
let John Wayne talk for them.
Of course, John was never in a war, because Hollywood propaganda war movies were more important.
In 1968, John Wayne directed a movie called, "The Green Berets."
It was the same year that American soldiers went into My Lai
and massacred 504 innocent Vietnamese civilians.
182 women were murdered, 17 of them were pregnant.
173 children were executed, including 56 infants.
60 older men were also murdered.
In a quote from Larry Colburn, who was a door gunner on
Hugh Thompson's helicopter that landed on the ground during the massacre, and attempted to stop the killing, these were his words: " The only thing the U.S. soldiers did not do was cook them and eat them."
John Wayne never knew this, nor would he have ever believed it. You don't believe things that annihilate your core believe system.
John Wayne was a powerful brand name, and that trademark sent my generation to Viet Nam.
A friend of mine, Brian Willson, who witnessed atrocities in Viet Nam had this to say when he looked into the dead eyes of a Vietnamese woman still holding three dead children in her arms after napalm was dropped:
" In that moment, and it only took a second, I got it."
In that moment, he knew he was the enemy in Viet Nam.
So, here we are again on Memorial Day, which should be called,
Forgetful Day.

When I look at that picture of me holding that John Wayne notebook, I realize just how far I have traveled in comprehending the unspeakable truth.
I feel like I have lived multiple life times.

Mike Hastie, Army Medic Viet Nam, May 25, 2020

Where there is truth, there is holy ground.

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Demonstration in Portland, Oregon last night, June 5, 2020. They marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, then went across the Hawthorne Bridge. The energy of course was electrifying. Everyone finally gathered where the Blues Festival is held every year along the Willamette River, where speeches were given. The younger generation in the crowd were definitely catapulted into a realty that we saw in the 60s. There is where I saw the hope, in standing up to the Racist Virus all across America. The United States, which represents 4% of the world's population, has the most powerful Military Force ever known to mankind. What is wrong with this picture? Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the U.S. Government spending more money on military defense than on social programs across America. This is our government LOOTING its own people, especially the poor and working class. I help handout lunches to homeless encampments in Portland three days a week. I see the utter desperation on the faces of the forgotten, while their government continues to make millions of bombs and bullets to kill innocent people around the world. This is a massive sinkhole, and the swarming locust are coming home to America. This is what happens when profits come before people. I always tell young people who are thinking about going into the military to Google: "History of U.S. Military Interventions Around The World." It is country after country after country after country after country after country after country after country after country as far as the eye can see. This is WHY this country has no money to treat systemic racism and poverty across every corner of the United States. The U.S. Military is sucking the life out everything. Maybe 2020 will finally be the eyesight that sees the cancer of inequality in America. Standup, or the elites on Wall Street and in Washington will put you down with an injection like a dog. To remain silent is to swing by the neck until dead.

Mike Hastie

Army Medic Viet Nam

June 6, 2020

The further a society drifts from

the truth the more it will hate

those who speak it.

George Orwell

Homeless Rage in America

by Mike Hastie

Yesterday I was driving in Portland, Oregon, when this homeless woman stepped in front of my car and just started to scream.

I had my camera on the floor next to my legs, so I grabbed it real quick and took this picture.

Being a photojournalist, I simply wanted proof of what I was witnessing.

Sitting next to me was Brian Willson, who witnessed U.S. atrocities in Viet Nam.

In the back seat was a Nicaraguan woman by the name of Ulda. She was visiting the U.S. for the first time.

When she was a small child she remembers eating only banana roots, because her family didn't have food to eat because of the U.S. funded Ronald Reagan War.

In the past two years, 200,000 people have moved to Portland from all over the country. Rents have gone sky high, just like other cities across the nation.

Homelessness is an avalanche--tents popping up like wild flowers everywhere.

Streets are littered with trash everywhere. Arguments on many street corners.You can feel the stress everywhere.

Anyone reading my words knows exactly what I am talking about.  In fact, I doubt if I could say anything in this post that people don't already know by heart.

It's happening!  You can't spend 50% of U.S. tax dollars on the violent military, without eventually turning this country into an economic war zone.

So, Mike, what's your point?
My point?

The world is finally getting even.
The Scream is finally being heard.

Picture taken July 1, 2019

The Real Domino Theory

Since the end of World War II, the U.S.
Government has bombed 28 countries.
These countries have become an ammo belt
going into an M-60 machine gun.
Short bursts over time, so it doesn't
look like the U.S. is trying to take over the world over night.
You don't want to pull the trigger non-stop,
because that would give away America's cover.
So, here we go again, with another country that
America has deemed as a threat to our national
security, our corporate interests, and the American
way of life.
If we don't stop ISIS in Syria, they will land on the
Oregon Coast.

When the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001,
approximately 3,000 citizens died.
Americans were absolutely shocked, and the following
month the U.S. Military started bombing Afghanistan.
In March 2003, the U.S. Military started bombing Iraq
Remember what Madeleine Albright said to Leslie Stahl
about civilian deaths of Iraqi children on 60 Minutes on
May 12, 1996?
Google You Tube...

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Government conservatively
murdered 3,000 innocent Vietnamese civilians every week.
That's 12,000 every month.
That's 144,000 every year.
That's 1,152,000 civilians for the war,
if we say the war lasted eight years.
That is a very conservative estimate.
Many people would triple that number.
Many people would go beyond that.

When I left Vietnam in 1971,
American soldiers in my unit
were shooting heroin, they
were shooting fellow soldiers
with their M-16s, and they were
shooting themselves.
Unzip a body bag and you see
the madness.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
September 13, 2014

Phillip Jones Griffiths, a famous combat photographer
who covered the Vietnam War, had this to say about
the discrepancy of Vietnamese killed versus Americans:
" The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
is 150 yards long. It has the names of 58,000 American
soldiers who were killed. If the same memorial was built
for the Vietnamese that were killed, it would be 9 miles

Photograph of a little girl at the " Wall " in Washington, D.C.
Taken in September 1986 by Mike Hastie. Poetry by a close
friend from Seattle, Washington.


Living in America,
sometimes makes me think
I live in a luxurious concentration camp.
I can have anything I want as long as I obey certain rules.

If I can't do that, there is a selection
process waiting for me. 

Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
March 13, 2014

Always Cover Up The Madness

The United States Government did not
have concentration camps in Iraq.
The Pentagon did not need them.
They just killed 500,000 Iraqi children.
That's how you bring the enemy to the
peace table.
You just do the unbelievable.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
August 30, 2013

A U.S. Senate study acknowledged that by
1968, an estimated 300,000 Vietnamese
civilians had been killed or wounded in
free-fire zones.
Nick Turse
Kill Anything That Moves

Photo by Mike Hastie
An Khe, Vietnam


All American Limo Over There

There we are
There we are
Oh The Yanks are coming
The Yanks are coming
and it won't be over until
The Yanks completely control
the Middle East over there.
There we are
There we are
Oh The Yanks keep bombing
The Yanks keep bombing
and it won't be over until
The Yanks destroy innocent
people over there.
Now it's Syria
Now it's Syria
And the Yanks blame Assad for
using sarin gas
for using sarin gas
against his own people over there.
It's a lie
It's a lie
especially when The Yanks did nothing
when Hussein used poison gas against the
Iranians and the Kurds over there.
Or The Yanks spraying 19 million gallons of a
carcinogenic chemical called, "Agent Orange,"
on innocent people in Vietnam.
Or The Yanks using Depleted Uranium in Iraq
on innocent people over there.
The Yanks are lying
The Yanks are lying
And if the U.S. Government is not stopped
the world will be over over there.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
September 2, 2013

Photograph by Mike Hastie August 31, 2013
Portland, Oregon after a "Don't Attack Syria Rally."
Woman is wearing a shirt that reads:
W A R  Wealthy Are Richer

The Nobel Peace Prize President

speaks eloquently to 300,000,000
American people in their hour of
spiritual need.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
September 4, 2013

Guns, Bombs and Other Means of Killing

Every time I see the American flag,
I see the stars of countries we have bombed.
In order to survive, I have to separate
myself from America's National Shame.
I have always seen this as a form of
Political Incest, the same shame that
families suffer from when there is
incest within the family system.
This has been a lifetime effort for me,
ever since I returned from Vietnam.
It is a sense of freedom that is priceless.
Mike Hastie

Army Medic Vietnam
February 24, 2013

Photo by Mike Hastie. Gun store in a small
town near Portland, Oregon.


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