By Philip N. Ledoux
February 1, 2005
I just ran across this information last night about relief
efforts in Sumatra and the surrounding area. Suspicions confirmed would
describe it about right; and I am certain you too would agree with that.
It centers on the USS Abraham Lincoln our largest air craft
carrier which has been in the news off and on for decades. Therefore it
is "Navy". Never served on the big ones, but I have tried to weave
some of the Economic Maze into the analysis. Hope you like it. I think this
can be published without repercussions to you and your family.
Philip N. Ledoux
Sent: Saturday, January 29, 2005 8:39 AM
Subject: Letter from USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Subject: USS Lincoln
No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln
By Ed Stanton
It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln,
arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims
of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I'd like to say that
this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it
has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more
difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called
aid workers who have invaded our spaces.
What really irritated me was a scene I witnessed in the Lincoln's
wardroom a few days ago. I went in for breakfast as I usually do, expecting
to see the usual crowd of ship's company officers in khakis and air wing
aviators in flight suits, drinking coffee and exchanging rumors about when
our ongoing humanitarian mission in Sumatra is going to end.
What I saw instead was a mob of civilians sitting around like
they owned the place. They wore various colored vests with logos on the
back including Save The Children, World Health Organization and the dreaded
baby blue vest of the United Nations. Mixed in with this crowd were a bunch
of reporters, cameramen and Indonesian military officers in uniform. They
all carried cameras, sunglasses and fanny packs like tourists on their way
My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for
a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight.
As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the
U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment
to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of "Nice
China, really makes me feel special," in reference to the fact that
we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep
from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason
we were eating off paper plates was to save dishwashing water so that we
would have more water to send ashore and save lives. That plus the fact
that he had no business being there in the first place.
My attitude towards these unwanted no-loads grew steadily
worse that day as I learned more from one of our junior officers who was
assigned to escort a group of them. It turns out that they had come to Indonesia
to "assess the damage" from the Dec. 26 tsunami.
Well, they could have turned on any TV in the world and seen
that the damage was total devastation. When they got to Sumatra with no
plan, no logistics support and no five-star hotels to stay in, they threw
themselves on the mercy of the U.S. Navy, which, unfortunately, took them
in. I guess our senior brass was hoping for some good PR since this was
about the time that the U.N. was calling the United States "stingy"
with our relief donations.
As a result of having to host these people, our severely over-tasked
SH-60 Seahawk helos, which were carrying tons of food and water every day
to the most inaccessible places in and around Banda Aceh, are now used in
great part to ferry these "relief workers" from place to place
every day and bring them back to their guest bedrooms on the Lincoln at
night. Despite their avowed dedication to helping the victims, these relief
workers will not spend the night in-country, and have made us their guardians
When our wardroom treasurer approached the leader of the relief
group and asked him who was paying the mess bill for all the meals they
ate, the fellow replied, "We aren't paying, you can try to bill the
U.N. if you want to."
In addition to the relief workers, we routinely get tasked
with hauling around reporters and various low-level "VIPs," which
further wastes valuable helo lift that could be used to carry supplies.
We had to dedicate two helos and a C-2 cargo plane for America-hater Dan
Rather and his entourage of door holders and briefcase carriers from CBS
News. Another camera crew was from MTV. I doubt if we'll get any good PR
from them, since the cable channel is banned in Muslim countries. We also
had to dedicate a helo and crew to fly around the vice mayor of Phoenix,
Ariz., one day. Everyone wants in on the action.
As for the Indonesian officers, while their job is apparently
to encourage our leaving as soon as possible, all they seem to do in the
meantime is smoke cigarettes. They want our money and our help but they
don't want their population to see that Americans are doing far more for
them in two weeks than their own government has ever done or will ever do
To add a kick in the face to the USA and the Lincoln, the
Indonesian government announced it would not allow us to use their airspace
for routine training and flight proficiency operations while we are saving
the lives of their people, some of whom are wearing Osama bin Ladin T-shirts
as they grab at our food and water. The ship has to steam out into international
waters to launch and recover jets, which makes our helos have to fly longer
distances and burn more fuel.
What is even worse than trying to help people who totally
reject everything we stand for is that our combat readiness has suffered
An aircraft carrier is an instrument of national policy and
the big stick she carries is her air wing. An air wing has a set of very
demanding skills and they are highly perishable. We train hard every day
at sea to conduct actual air strikes, air defense, maritime surveillance,
close air support and many other missions not to mention taking off and
landing on a ship at sea.
Our safety regulations state that if a pilot does not get
a night carrier landing every seven days, he has to be re-qualified to land
on the ship. Today we have pilots who have now been over 25 days without
a trap due to being unable to use Indonesian airspace to train. Normally
it is when we are at sea that our readiness is at its very peak. Thanks
to the Indonesian government, we have to waive our own safety rules just
to get our pilots off the deck.
In other words, the longer we stay here helping these people,
the more dangerous it gets for us to operate. We have already lost one helicopter,
which crashed in Banda Aceh while taking sailors ashore to unload supplies
from the C-130s. There were no relief workers on that one.
I'm all for helping the less fortunate, but it is time to
give this mission to somebody other than the U.S. Navy. Our ship was supposed
to be home on Feb. 3 and now we have no idea how long we will be here. American
taxpayers are spending millions per day to keep this ship at sea and getting
no training value out of it. As a result, we will come home in a lower state
of readiness than when we left due to the lack of flying while supporting
the tsunami relief effort.
I hope we get some good PR in the Muslim world out of it.
After all, this is Americans saving the lives of Muslims. I have my doubts.
Ed Stanton is the pen name of a career U.S. Navy officer currently serving
with the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group.
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Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 21:54:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Letter from USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN
From: Daniel Marvin <ddm52@j...>
Dear Ed Stanton,
First, I understand why you used a pen name inasmuch as you
want to retire as an officer and you know that your signing your real name
to the truth as you wrote it would send you home or to Leavenworth. The
shame of it all is that you no doubt had at least a Navy Captain, perhaps
even an Admiral, in charge of your ship. He should have and could have made
certain the primary mission was accomplished and that your ship was not
used as an entertainment and feeding center for those who you spoke of in
your gutsy letter.
Thinking back to Vietnam and knowing that our leadership -
from General William C. Westmoreland on up through General Harold K. Johnson
and into the White House of Lyndon Baynes Johnson KNOWINGLY gave the enemy
sanctuaries inside Cambodia and the free and protected use of the Mekong
River as their main supply route to carry weapons, ammunition and other
war goods to those enemy who would then turn those weapons on our people
and our allies, killing and maiming soldiers and civilians, should make
us want to take action to demand the truth be told the world about their
aiding and abetting the enemy. General Westmoreland admits these facts in
his book "A Soldier Reports" and I quote from his book in my book
"Expendable Elite - One Soldier's Journey Into Covert Warfare"
and yet not one major media personality has dared bring these FACTS out
for the world to judge.
I believe in my heart that 80 to 90 percent of the casualties
in Vietnam were a direct result of our government not permitting us to fight
the war and win. Why is that? It should make people everywhere wonder what
our leadership may be doing at the present time to aid and abet the enemy
in Afghanistan or Iraq, knowing no one will have the guts to report it to
the American people or the peoples of any free nation. We have the finest,
bravest men and women in our armed forces, all of them volunteers, and none
of them aware for a certainty that they are being given the opportunity
to win the war they are sent to fight in. Vietnam should be an example for
us to demand the that our armed forces be given the wherewithal and the
latitude to WIN and that our media be permitted to give us the full story
of what is being directed by our military and political leaders.
As an example - IF the Koran does in fact tell the Muslims
to kill all Christians and Jews and IF the Koran is what they preach from
in the Mosques that we permit to stand - WHY DO WE LET THEM STAND??? This
is from one who has been there - in Korea and Vietnam and other places..
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Marvin, US Army Special Forces (Retired)
TO: Ed Stanton (and others)
From: Philip N. Ledoux
I never had the opportunity to serve on an aircraft carrier.
I will try to fill you in on the behind scenes reality that makes a loyal
American's blood boil justifiably.
Portugal ruled the seas from 1464 thru 1568, likewise Holland
did from 1568 thru 1672 when a secretary to the Bishop of Genoa copied the
secret Portuguese sailing maps and brought them to Holland; the change-over
then occurred. From 1672 thru 1776 France ruled the seas, that is the basic
reason why Canada has such a large French speaking population; but not only
Canada, take a look at older world maps and you see rag-tag remnants of
French colonialism around the world from this period. As a result of some
high-level monkey-shines the spoils of a European war, Canada was taken
from France and given to England, not the exact details of which, but were
planned 300 years prior down in Italy. The result was that the French quickly
lost mastery of the seas because they no longer had access to quality trees
for their ship's masts. France had to build its masts from "pieces"
held together with iron rings. In battle, when all sails were necessarily
in the wind, the French masts would give way; suicide mission from then
Then a tiny Island Empire ruled the seas from 1776 thru 1880,
and do realize that the dates I set are not as clear cut as I set, there
is an overlapping; the dates I set are the pre-planned change-over dates
per a tiny hidden kingdom in Italy. America had all the resources to build
the ships to rule the seas while England reigned supreme. Said planners
kept America from growing fast enough to do so by endless wars the most
memorable one being The American Civil War. By the time America was scheduled
to be master of the seas in 1880, the day of steel ruled the seas. German
warfare craftsmanship exceeded those of America, but it was kept in constraint
by the hidden planners and gradually America dominated the seas. The time-table
was for "Some one else" to take over ruling the seas in 1984.
It was supposed to be Japan, but the planners had something else in mind,
therefore Japan has only a token navy. That leaves America to rule the seas,
but necessarily with an arm welded behind her back. This is why "Ed"
is justifiably infuriated by what he is observing.
You see, the USS Abraham Lincoln always has an admiral on
board, and as far as the crew under him understands, he is "god"
of this welded castle of steel. Anything he says is written in stone and
executed. But this "god" of the welded, floating city is only
a peon in the real structure of power, in fact he is nothing more than a
puppet! Let us assume that the Admiral in charge of the "Abe"
was adamantly against the free-loaders, and expressed that verbally to his
superiors, he would have been given "direct orders" to carry out
what "Ed" complains about, and fume and fuss as the Admiral might,
he has to carry out those orders. That is probably why he is so inaccessible
to the wardroom crews; most likely he is privately expelling his frustrations
out of sight.
The mastery of the seas has now shifted. The current "sea
of control" is space above. We think of airplanes, and jets as the
masters of the air. The technology is such that anti-gravity is an ancient
technique, speed is so incredibly fast that it is not comprehensible by
even educated engineers. That is why there was no need for a change-over
in masters of the sea in 1984. The tiny hidden kingdom in Italy has in its
archives the complete plans of an airplane that flew in the late 1400s or
early 1500s. And prior to that it forced all kinds of genuine powered vehicles
to be taken to sea and dumped. The late 20th century made it feasible to
release the control of space from its archives.
This tiny kingdom in Italy cares not one iota about lives,
suffering or starvation. The entourage who invaded the USS Abraham Lincoln
are lower minions of this kingdom, but they too don't give a rats-ass about
lives, nor suffering, nor in actually helping anyone. All Navies have a
saying: "The ship runs as the captain runs." If he is sharp, the
whole damned ship is sharp. If he is lazy, the whole blasted crew are lazy.
Likewise, as the kingdom in Italy is without soul nor heart nor feelings,
its lower level hangers-on are without soul nor heart nor feelings.
"Ed", I would just love to be there with you and
throttle, choke and royally kick ass to that pseudo rabble of half-humans.
Sorry, but it ain't ever going to happen because that unseen kingdom in
Italy has so much stuff on the front burner, middle burner and back burner
that a frontal assault would be wiped out in seconds as soon as it were
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