Current Comedy: Chicken Hawks Coming Home to Roost

Out below, in my front horizon, is a stretch of highway 68 known as Union Pass. It is the straight line across the horseshoe bend on I-40 at the western Arizona border. Over the Black Mountains, where trains couldn’t go and so Route 66 didn’t follow, from Kingman the route runs west 27 miles and in the last 12 falls 3000 feet to Bullhead City, the fabled Colorado and the casinos of Laughlin Nevada, or, a hundred miles farther up the road, the casinos of Las Vegas.

At night, the stars trail down out of the mountains to crawl across Golden Valley below. It’s quite a sight, endless. These days 68 flows through here day and night. It is the alternative route for points East to Vegas and the only one for trucks and heavy vehicles, a detour around the Hoover Dam, every since the terrorists won back in ’01.

I see my share of traffic up close as well.

I drive that pass to work and often watch the trucks along the way, noting the armored vehicles being hauled west. I spot them more often than I’d like. Flat bed trailers, not always military rigs towing them, weaponry lunging like roped animals with each highway jostle, cannons strapped to the deck tugging at their tether. Machine gun barrels ropes in place, windows taped over. Bradleys, Humvees, tanks, at least a tank a month that I see, driven through this route, west. Where do they go, you can’t help but wonder.

This week, 9/22/08 , I hope I didn’t get an answer. But it appears this election round’s October Surprise may be a little livelier than I’d been expecting. It looks like the Bush Admin Homeland Security is preparing for the next front in the War on Terror right here at home: terrorizing Americans so we’ll shut up about Bush. Army Times reported it, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman echoed it, and now everyone’s message board from Ron Paul to Nine Inch Nails is buzzing with the fact that a unit from our forces in Iraq, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, is being deployed to . . . the US.

That’s right, the enemy is now us.

Somebody page Alex Jones and let him know his padded cell at the Denver Detention Center is ready. If there really are Bilderbergs, this looks like an EndGame. The article goes on to say that the unit is being prepared if “called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called non-lethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.”

Flaunting the once sacrosanct Posse Comitatus Act prohibiting the use of US soldiers against US citizens, the move is the first time an actual active army force has been designated to military group known as the US Army North. That’s right from the Northern Command, every conspiracy theorist’s worst nightmare, the same folk who bring you the martial law drills every year. They would also be the same ones back about seven years ago who created those hijack plane drills that happened to take place on the exact same day real planes were crashed into the Twin Towers — the ominous mystery men in films like Dylan Avery’s Loose Change and Zeitgeist.

Perhaps the soldiers are in actuality preparing for something that will never take place and we leftwing discredited are panicking over nothing. The government is just being prepared, providing for a common defense. Hey, there will probably be a peaceful transfer of power come January and no one will object in the slightest to any of Bush’s actions between now and then and any election results between now and then. Maybe I’m just nuts. OK, nuts and wrong.

But maybe Bushco is scared. The house of greed Repub policies have put in place have opened the door for the greatest economic disaster/swindle in history, a national economic disaster to the tune of $700 billion, even topping Brother Neil Bush and company’s half a trillion S&L scandal in the 80s. First Bush gives social program money to war profiteers with a phony war he knows is unwinnable while neglecting the war in Afghanistan and the misery we still manage to create there and now, giving what’s left to Wall Street, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG for screwing up by being too greedy.

And the millions of mortgages that have been held by those companies, will now be owned by your favorite uncle, Big Brother Bush. No need for elections when this kind of class warfare turns to shooting warfare. Call in the army and open the cages. This could make Hoover ’s Bonus Army debacle look like an Easter Egg roll.

Now I know where all those tanks and trucks and weapons of mass destruction are headed: home to roost.

Mikel Weisser teaches social studies and poetry on the left coast of Arizona. He can be reached at Read other articles by Mikel.

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  1. John Bowery said on October 6th, 2008 at 10:49am #

    “Perhaps the soldiers are in actuality preparing for something that will never take place and we leftwing discredited are panicking over nothing.”

    So I take it that you and the other “leftwing” guys will be breathing a sigh of relief once the “Consequence Management Response Force” is turned over to the benevolent hands of our future Fuhrer, Barack “Adolph” Obama?
    This is NOT a left wing/right wing, conservative/liberal, Republican/ Democrat issue. As comforting as those political distinctions might be for you; the harsh reality is that it matters not one whit who wins in November because it is the global fascists who have been and will be in control of the White House. Bush, McCain, Obama, etc. are all on the SAME TEAM.

    Don’t worry. As long as Their team is winning (and They are) there is no reason for them to pull a coup between now and January.
    Sweet dreams.

  2. Danny Ray said on October 6th, 2008 at 6:00pm #

    Thank you for the interesting article, as far as the financial part of it goes I have no idea. However I can help you with the military. Yes one brigade of the third infantry division has been deployed back to the United States and it served its tour in Iraq and is returning home for resupply and retraining. Yes they are receiving training in nonlethal weapons and riot control. All United States Army maneuver units will receive this training. The U.S. Army has been training for riot control since the mid fifties.

    Now as to your armored vehicles going west , they are either going to the national training area at fort Irwin California, or to of the Marines in San Diego. I also want to assure you of the one thing. All machine guns both coaxial and roof mounted are removed before shipment. The 25mm chain gun on the M2 Bradley and of course the 120 MM L19 gun on the Abrams are shipped complete due to their inability to be cost effectively removed or replaced.

    The people you lefties need to sweat about are being trained by the Second Calvary in urban warfare tactics at fort Polk Louisiana. I have been through that program and it is excellent.

  3. Danny Ray said on October 6th, 2008 at 6:03pm #

    And as to my friend John,

    The people in power do not have to pull a coup. A coup is what the folks were not in power do. What the people in power do is call counterinsurgency. That is what is taught at the school of the America’s, at fort Benning Georgia and they are very good there also I had been to that school myself.

  4. Hue Longer said on October 6th, 2008 at 11:00pm #

    I think John just said that, DannyRay (You ever get in any wet work, Danny? Sounds like you live a life of adventure!)

    There are plenty of reasons people could riot, so even though Mikel’s reason makes little sense, the baby shouldn’t be thrown out with the bathwater

  5. Danny Ray said on October 7th, 2008 at 4:57am #


    Sorry, I was not disputing John just merely pointing out an error on his semantics. I agree with his point.

    Wet work, now that’s a joke, despite what Hollywood and the left spend all their time preaching, you would be amazed at how little of what Joseph Stalin referred to as wet work has EVER been done by the United States.

    And as far as adventure goes, if you call waking up in the crappy hotel room, wondering if the local coffee will kill you while wondering who’s on your side today. That spending long periods of time separated from your loved ones for abysmally low pay and a benefits package that Congress thinks is a fun thing to take away from you. If You call that adventure you are one twisted puppy. Have a great day.

  6. Hue Longer said on October 7th, 2008 at 5:21am #

    I was thinking more what the Mafia calls wet work, but if Uncle Joe said it too, fine. The US doesn’t only drop death from above-there’s plenty wet work for the ear collectors on the ground…sorry if you just drink coffee for your pay, have you considered Blackwater?

  7. Danny Ray said on October 7th, 2008 at 7:06am #

    Wetwork or wet work is a euphemism for murder or assassination, alluding to hands literally wet with blood. It is most popularly attributed to the KGB and their broad euphemism for such activities, mokroye delo (wet job).[1] There have been others however, who variously attribute it to the Mossad, the CIA and MI5.

    Sometimes the term wet boy or washer is given to an agent involved in such work.[citation needed] The term cleaner is also used.

    The Russian expression “wet job” (?????? ????) traces at least to 19th century[2][3] from Russian criminal slang (fenya, muzyka) and originally meant robbery that involved murder.

    There’s a basic difference between what you term wet work, and ground combat. Basically your use of the term ear collectors tells me you spend way too much time in the cinema.

  8. Phil said on October 7th, 2008 at 9:22am #

    The house of greed Repub policies have put in place have opened the door for the greatest economic disaster/swindle in history…
    Ah! But they didn’t do it without help. Reagan, Bush and Clinton are just as guilty as the current pretender in office, and both parties in Congress (or in truth, both branches of the one party) have helped them along every step of the way.

  9. Hue Longer said on October 7th, 2008 at 1:52pm #

    Danny Ray,

    I call your Wiki!

    “The reporters found that, between 1971 and 1975, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command had investigated the Tiger Force unit for alleged war crimes committed between May and November 1967.[7] The documents included sworn statements from many Tiger Force veterans, which detailed war crimes allegedly committed by Tiger Force members during the Song Ve Valley and Operation Wheeler military campaigns. The statements, from both individuals who allegedly participated in the war crimes and those that did not, described war crimes such as the following:

    * the routine torture and execution of prisoners[8]
    * the routine practice of intentionally killing unarmed Vietnamese villagers including men, women, children, and elderly people[9]
    * the routine practice of cutting off and collecting the ears of victims[10]
    * the practice of wearing necklaces composed of human ears[11]
    * the practice of cutting off and collecting the scalps of victims[12]
    * an incident where a young mother was drugged, raped, and then executed[13]
    * an incident where a soldier killed a baby and cut off his or her head after the baby’s mother was killed[14]

    Tiger Force on 9-mile march ending Operation Hawthorne in 1966
    Tiger Force on 9-mile march ending Operation Hawthorne in 1966

    The investigators concluded that many of the war crimes indeed took place.[15] Despite this, the Army decided not to pursue any prosecutions.[16]”

  10. Hue Longer said on October 7th, 2008 at 2:00pm #

    There was a poster named Evie who used to tell me that the military was just a boring job full of good people doing good things…I think she used to say” Have a nice day”. Her kids were in the military. Any relation?

  11. Hue Longer said on October 7th, 2008 at 4:59pm #

    lol…I don’t hate you or Evie! I disagree with much of what she says but welcomed her, defended her against those calling her a troll and asked her to stay when she once said she was leaving. I hope you stick around as well. When it comes time for you to round up the rest of us, I hope you’ll remember me

  12. Danny Ray said on October 7th, 2008 at 5:26pm #

    Thank you,
    you would be amazed at how much I respect our Constitution, And if it ever comes to rounding up Americans who do not think like I do. Well by that time I will be one of you. And they will have to send the BOY DOGS to round this ol Hillbilly up.

  13. mikel weisser said on October 7th, 2008 at 10:17pm #

    Thank you all for the interesting read.
    Danny Ray i am glad to see you feel that way about resistance to martial law scenarios and am frequently stunned to consider how many of our fellow citizens are not as equal minded as you when it comes to tolerating a difference of opinion. There are a lot of Americans who, like Palin, want to see anyone who disagrees with the right wing line deported, imprisoned or shot. Here is a link to what I see as the main problem with the right, since you help define some of the problems with the left.
    (I might add that many of which are true. Meaning many of the things the Freepers and Newsmax talk about as flaws, or even dangers, of liberals have their basis in truth. Not the bugaboo notion that all liberals secretly want to overthrow and destroy our own country sort of thing, that has been used to suppress the left for decades, but the accusations of wimpiness, of tending towards selling out, of settling and conciliating to the point that no one gets what they wanted in the first place and the solution becomes more of a pain than the problem once was. etc.)
    No I do not look forward to an Obama dictatorship any more than I do a McCain, but I do feel a McCain martial law crisis is a greater likelihood.
    But I want to ask you, about the violence you project that you are intimately familiar with. Was it a good thing? You further project strength of character which is clearly a good thing. Wimpy measures scuttle more liberal agendas than the all Rush Limbaughs of the world.
    But your instant defense of the ear collector remark is meant to diffuse and discredit the atrocity assertion. It is a technique used by those who, disingenuously want to turn the argument on Vietnam to the anti-war protesters as if the recurring disrespect protesters showed to the soldiers somehow eradicated the responsibility of the soldiers for what they did.
    The appellation “Baby Killer” for example, while not true for each and every soldier, was widely acknowledged. Hey if folk don’t want to be called baby-killers they shouldn’t fucking kill babies.
    Hey, two million people died, that’s a lot of work, done by millions of GIs, some good some positively evil, all destroying in the name of god and country towards a purpose that was already discredited at the time and through the succeeding years has become even more disreputable as the revelations of the governmental corruption have continued to trickle out.
    So, my question is: why do you want to defend that sort of thing. Strength also comes from the choice to not do evil, not only from the choice to endure evil for a purportedly good cause.

  14. mikel weisser said on October 7th, 2008 at 10:18pm #

    That hyperlink didn’t carry. Here it is:

  15. Hue Longer said on October 8th, 2008 at 3:53am #

    I thought the exchange though a bit off topic, ended well…I would rather my post be deleted as well because it makes Danny look like he said something worse than what he actually did. As much as I cringe at the things he may say, I’ll pick Danny to be on my team if push comes to shove…I think he’s apologetic for the US and her military, but his exchanges are important

  16. give me a break said on October 8th, 2008 at 6:14pm #

    Northern Command is deploying the First Brigade of the Third Infantry Division in the US. Plain and simple, we are officially under marshal law. Goodbye Posse Comitatus. It’s finally here. An armed and alert public is now the only defense against it. Financial terror was the catalyst and now we have the answer. WAKE UP.