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Memorial Day from San Antonio: The Final Resting Place of Marquis J. McCants and the Death of the American Republic

    

Mark Dankof in University of Texas/Austin colors on a frigid day in northern Idaho. November, 2010.

 
 
 
 
     For my readers and broadcast listeners worldwide:
 
     I was in attendance on February 27th, 2011 at the Chapel of the Four Chaplains award ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, where the presentation involved two (2) mainline clergyman, a lady Jewish rabbi serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, an African-American United States Air Force chaplain/retired, and the United States Army’s chief official for personally notifying family members at Fort Sam Houston/San Antonio of more American casualties in what was Mr. Bush’s War, and is now Mr. Obama’s War
 
     Since I was asked by several people about my views on the war after the end of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains event in San Antonio, let me be absolutely clear that my 2007 essay on the death of Army Specialist Marquis J. McCants remains definitive in articulating what I feel about the American military’s War for Empire in the Middle East.  Since that time, the tragedies of thousands of additional deaths, the Gaza and Mavi Marmara debacles, the deepening quagmire in Afghanistan, and a running money meter on the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts which has now arrived at $1 trillion dollars and counting, simply underscore why I wrote what I did in 2007.
 
     In this 2007 essay, I warned of the False Flag Incident of the Century.  I sound that warning again in early 2011.  Israel’s machinations for preemptive war with Iran have reached new heights and depths with their employment of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) to undertake a series of terrorist actions in that country, which includes the internationally publicized cases of the assassinations of Iranian scientists in the last two years, and other acts of violence in Tehran, and Azerbaijan/Diyala/and Balochistan Provinces.
 
     The recent spread of revolutionary fervor throughout the Middle East, chiefly aimed at sleazy regimes in league with Israel and its Neo-Conservative agents for war in the American National Security Establishment, now combines with flagging domestic American political support for the War for Empire and Eretz Yisrael.  While these developments are essentially positive, they have ominously created a level of desperation among the denizens of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and its lapdogs in the American government and media, which may lead these servants of the Hidden Hand to a new and terrifying level of employment of the unthinkable to achieve their diabolical objectives.
 
     Mark my words.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s McCollum Memorandum of October 1940 is now underway again in this new historical and political context of the 21st century.
 
     Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul Republicans must unite as never before in exposing and opposing this great evil, which threatens the American Republic and our Constitution, even as it threatens the innocent around the planet.
 
Mark Dankof
San Antonio
March 2011
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Marquis J. McCants: Killed in Iraq in 2007, but the War for Empire Continues Apace

 

 Memorial Day Weekend

May 2007

      It has been a sultry, oppressively humid day on this Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. The overcast character of the south Texas sky seems to be a precursor of violent thunderstorms and threateningly high winds.

     The physical conditions in the Alamo City suggestively match the spiritual pallor which seems to enshroud Military City U. S. A. There is a lurking threat of ongoing death and tragedy here, matched only by the reticence of most of the denizens of the American military’s leading domestic metropolis to speak of it openly. The silence breaks the sound barrier.

     Its grim implications are everywhere evident: there are far fewer Bush-Cheney 2004 and United We Stand bumper stickers on vehicles transversing the construction-riddled major highways. There is a painful irony in Star Spangled Banner-laced store advertisements reminding people that Memorial Day is a special time to remember the sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who lie still beneath the ground’s green, manicured surface at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. After all, San Antonio seems to be a city in transition. It now seems less an American city, more of a Mexican one. The Communist Chinese now occupy a sector of what was Kelly Air Force Base on the Southside. And the Trans-Texas Project (TTP), part of the globalist schema to enact a North American Union and the subsequent end of the United States as a sovereign nation-state, will come roaring right through San Antonio’s famed I-35 corridor from the west coast of Mexico on its way to Austin, Dallas, Kansas City, Duluth, and Canada. Something is clearly wrong.

     Change, death, and tragedy came to San Antonio in another palpable way on this 2007 Memorial Day weekend. At Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, they laid to final rest a young African-American man from the Alamo City named Army Specialist Marquis J. McCants. He was killed by an IED explosion and accompanying small arms fire in Iraq last week. McCants, known to family members and friends as “Marq,” was 23 years old. He left behind grieving parents, a wife, and 3 children. His death was the 28th suffered since March of 2003 by a silently sorrowful pro-military constituency in what was once one of America’s proudest cities. His uncle, Pastor Elder McCants of Holy Cross Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) on San Antonio’s Southside, is one of the community’s most precious gifts in pastoral ministry.

     Marquis McCants represents a disturbingly familiar profile to those who have studied the personal histories and demographics represented by the most obvious victims of Mr. Bush’s war in Iraq. He is an African-American, who after graduation from O’Connor High School in San Antonio, discovered the impossibility of supporting a wife and 3 children on a salary generated by a service-economy job at Sam’s Club. Enlistment in the U. S. Army seemed to be a viable alternative. When he enlisted, Marq chose advanced training as a combat medic assigned to airborne duty with the famed 82nd Airborne Division. He is reported to have explained this choice at the time by saying, “I want to be able to save my friends.”

     Reaction to his death in Babylon has been swift, especially from the Army Specialist’s father, Savage McCants. The latter is notably a retired United States Air Force master sergeant with 25 years of active-duty service. His remarks to the San Antonio Express News this week have shattered the local conspiracy of silence about Mr. Bush and the Iraqi quagmire in a way which may be suggestive of things to come, both in the Alamo City and nationally.

     “As far as I’m concerned, this war is a personal agenda for the president,” said the senior McCants. “I never did agree with the war. We’re not winning anything. We have no real mission over there. The only thing that’s keeping me from losing my mind over this is my faith in God.”

     Savage McCants is correct. The United States is losing this needless war of counter-insurgency in the Middle East and Central Asia. There is no purposeful mission which meets the Constitutional and America-First litmus test for military conflict. American intelligence reports claiming the possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) by Saddam Hussein, utilized by Mr. Bush and his errand boy, Colin Powell, to generate domestic public support for an attack on Iraq, have been shown to be provably fraudulent. Mr. Bush, who recently described the Constitution of the United States as a “goddamn piece of paper,” managed to prove his point in March of 2003 by failing to procure a Congressional Declaration of War before launching the nation into the mindless abyss.

     The results are as tangible as they are catastrophic: 650,000 Iraqi civilians are dead, according to the British Lancet medical journal report. 3400-plus Americans have lost their lives. King George’s $50 billion dollar war has suddenly metastasized to $500 billion with no end in sight. Iraq is now a cesspool of unending conflict between Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds. The political blowback against the United States throughout the Islamic world is overwhelming.

     The winds of a wider war with Iran are blowing ominously across the frozen tundra of the international landscape. Savage McCants is mistaken in one significant respect. The war, prosecuted by an out-of-control Chief Executive of the United States, and acquiesced in by a comatose Legislative Branch on Capitol Hill, is not simply the pursuit of Mr. Bush’s personal agenda fueled by a demonically driven psychosis. It is, in the words of Lt. General William Odom, the greatest strategic and tactical military blunder in the storied history of an American Republic turned Empire.

     Compounding the horror, the deceived and the bereaved must now face another tortuous truth: the driving force behind this war is the government of Israel, the Israeli Lobby, and the forces both entities control within the American Establishment. This includes the government of the United States, Corporate Media, the National Security Leviathan, and the educational institutions funded and administered by the Central State.

     That this is the case is not seriously in question. Commentators as diverse as Justin Raimondo of Antiwar.com, Michael Collins Piper of the American Free Press, Dr. Stephen Sniegoski of The Last Ditch, John Pilger, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Dr. Paul Sheldon Foote, and James Petras, have repeatedly shown the Zionist State’s direct connection to Jewish neo-conservatives bearing direct responsibility for planning and directing the disaster at hand. Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and Richard Perle are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The sinister trail of connections leads to the Project for a New American Century paper trail of the late 1990s, and the present calamity of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spy plot designed to purloin American intelligence secrets pertaining to Iran. Add to this the public statements of a laundry list of Israeli governmental and intelligence officials on the subject in The Tribe’s own media, principally The Jerusalem Post and Ha’aretz, and the outline of the truth becomes unmistakable: The armed forces of the United States have become a surrogate janissary force for Zionist and multinational corporate interests in the Middle East. Period. End of story.

     Mr. Bush, properly perceived, merely becomes one of a series of front-men in this cynical conspiracy and end-game. In this regard, he is joined by the puppets of both major American political parties, the Zionist-controlled American media talking chieftains, and international central bankers. It is not an accident that the consequence is an America which increasingly resembles the society of its Masters in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, both in the development of a domestic police state apparatus, and an increasingly militant foreign policy based in the jettisoning of reasonable diplomacy and an accompanying first-resort employment of military coercion and covert operations in the subterranean world.

     Mr. Bush’s War for American Empire and Jewish Hegemony has killed more than fine young men like Marquis J. McCants. The legacy of Washington, Madison, and Jefferson also lies buried somewhere beneath the green lawns of sacred, tree-lined sanctuaries like Fort Sam Houston and Arlington National Cemeteries.

     No sane and intellectually honest analysis can conclude that they live, in an age where the President’s pen strokes have authorized a first-use of nuclear weapons against Iran (National Security Presidential Directive 35 in support of CONPLAN 8022); the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus; the ongoing use of warrantless surveillance and black-bag operations against American citizens within the continental United States; and a Presidential usurpation of powers that enables Mr. Bush to declare a State of Emergency anytime he desires, without the consent and review of Congress, and for a duration of time to be determined by the President alone (see the May 9th National Security Presidential 51, also known as Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20).

     One presumes that Israeli citizen and intelligence asset, American Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff, approves. The May 9th Executive Order makes him Mr. Bush’s point-man in the administration of the coming American Police State. Stay tuned. The False-Flag Incident of the Century may be lurking just around the corner.

     In the meantime, may the loss of Army Specialist Marquis J. McCants and his compatriots draw us closer to God and His Son in the midst of unspeakable grief on this especially poignant and dreadful Memorial Day. And may their absence drive us to a renewed pledge to reclaim this country from the despots and moneychangers who have pilfered it, even as the clock toward apocalyptic disaster continues to count down to the final gun signaling the end of history and the physical cosmos itself.

2007 by Mark Dankof for the American Free Press

Mark Dankof on New Year's Eve, 2010 in San Antonio

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