Guest post by John C. Velisek USN (Ret.) for the Common Constitutionalist
Once again, losing presidential candidate, failed Secretary of State and the main proponent of the disastrous Iran Deal is attempting to make himself relevant. John Kerry, a charter member of the Deep State under Obama, continues to operate as if the electorate of this country did not elect Donald Trump as the President.
Delusional in every aspect, Kerry feels he is still Secretary of State and is conducting shadowy, illegal foreign policy that he can neither impose. Kerry, in concert with the “Death to America” Iranian mullahs, Kerry has once again turned his back on the American people and American policy, promising the American hating, PLO leading Mahmoud Abbas everything he wants, and going so far as denigrating our President as an eight-year-old child.
Abbas declared to the PLO central Council a few days ago that the Oslo Peace accords were dead. He has insulted our country and our President, called for suspending recognition of Israel, rejecting any role for American in the peace talks.
Kerry, throughout his military and public service career, has never respected our country or the American people. The latest confrontation started when the President moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. But as reported in the Jerusalem Post, Kerry has maintained contact with Abbas and other PLO officials.
Kerry met with Mahmoud Abbas and Hussien Agha in London. He also visited with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss plans to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. There is also information that Kerry is meeting with European leaders such as German leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier, EU official Federica Mogherini andFrench President Emmanuel Macron – pleading with these leaders to defy the sanctions that have been imposed on Iran. read more
Vietnamese architect Chu Van Dong has completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and easy solution for temporary housing or tiny living. Dubbed Forest House, the 12-sq m (129-sq ft) home rests on two stilts and is one of three wooden cabins planned for a vast forest landscape in the Sóc Sơn District, 30.6 km (19 mi) outside of Hanoi, Vietnam.
In designing the home Van Dong wanted to create a basic building model, with an accessible and low cost construction method. “It is hoped that the project will inspire temporary housing projects by its simple construction and low cost,” says Van Dong, who is also a designer at Handyman decor and furniture.
“Designed as a small wooden box lying on the sloping hill, each house has a solid structure,” says Handyman. “The interior is arranged reasonably, compact and full of facilities, including glass windows throughout the home, which look straight out over the woods. It’s extremely poetic.”
LIFE magazine war photographer, Larry Burrows, covered the fighting on the front lines during the Vietnam War and is now being remembered for his extraordinary work as the 41 year anniversary of his death approaches.
Mr Burrows captured the compelling images of Operation Prairie, the U.S. offensive against the North Vietnamese near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), that lasted from August 3 to October 27, 1966.
His photographs of the bloody aftermath of the attack, juxtaposed against the lush and picturesque scenery of the Southeast Asian nation, are being revisited on LIFE.comas the London-born photojournalist is remembered.
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U.S. Marines carry the injured during a firefight near the southern edge of the DMZ, Vietnam, October 1966
An American Marine during Operation Prairie
Marines carry an injured soldier back to the medics for treatment following an assault on Hill 484, Vietnam, October 1966 (top). An American soldier (bottom) with a bandaged head wound looking dazed after participating in Operation Prairie just south of the DMZ
An estimated 1,329 Americans were killed during the operation. More than 58,000 Americans lost their lives in the conflict in Indochina that ended in 1975.
One of the most famous images in the collection by Burrows is the shot ‘Reaching Out,’ the moment when wounded Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie, photographed with a blood-stained bandage tied around his head, is drawn to his fellow soldier, who lays wounded on the ground.
Though some of the pictures by the renowned war photographer did appear in the magazine in the 1970s, some never made it to publication and are being seen for the first time in theLIFE.comgallery.
The war correspondent has been praised for his indefatigable commitment to chronicle the conflict through pictures that communicated the horror of the fighting and honored the lives lost in the conflict in a way words just never could fully transmit.
Wounded Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah Purdie (center, with bandaged head) reaches toward a stricken comrade after a fierce firefight
A dazed, wounded American Marine gets bandaged during Operation Prairie
Four Marines recover the body of Marine fire team leader Leland Hammond as their company comes under fire near Hill 484. (At right is the French-born photojournalist Catherine Leroy)
Burrows himself suffered a tragic end as he worked on the front lines, he was killed on February 10, 1971 over Laos when his helicopter was shot down. He was 44-years-old.
Fellow photographers Henri Huet, 43, of the Associated Press, Kent Potter, 23, of United Press International and Keisaburo Shimamoto, 34, of Newsweek were also killed in the crash.
Ralph Graves, then LIFE magazine’s managing editor, remembered the Englishman as ‘the single bravest and most dedicated war photographer I know of,’ in a moving tribute he wrote following Burrows’ death.
‘He spent nine years covering the Vietnam War under conditions of incredible danger, not just at odd times but over and over again.’
‘The war was his story, and he would see it through. His dream was to stay until he could photograph a Vietnam at peace,’ Mr Graves added in the 1971 issue dedicated to the fallen correspondent.
U.S. Marine Phillip Wilson as he fords a waist-deep river with a rocket launcher over his shoulder during fighting near the DMZ. Five days after this photograph was taken, he was killed in combat
American Marines tending to a wounded soldier during a firefight south of the DMZ
Though the lost photographers were mourned, their remains were not discovered until 37 years later thanks to the tireless effort spearheaded by AP writer Richard Pyle.
The remains of Mr Burrows, Mr Buet, Mr Potter and Mr Shimamoto now sit in a stainless-steel box beneath the floor of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., part of a memorial gallery honoring journalists killed in the line of duty.
A total of 2,156 individuals, dating back as far as 1837, are included in the museum’s memorial.
War correspondent: Terry Fincher of the Express (left) and Larry Burrows (right) covering the war in Vietnam in April 1968
In memory: The remains of Larry Burrows and the three other war photographers killed in the helicopter crash over Laos in 1971 were finally discovered some 37 years later. They now reside at a memorial (bottom) to fallen journalists at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.