Recently I gave a ride to a U.S. Marine ( its a title for life ) that got severely injured in Nicaragua supporting the Contras.
His eye surgery was not related to those adventures.
Missing fingers and a dysfunctional arm with a metal pin in it were the results of hand-to-hand combat with a Sandinista fighter.
A bit of history.
Ronald Reagan authorized a secret incursion of “off the books” troops to take on the bad Sandinistas. “Battling the Cuban-backed Sandinistas, the Contras were, according to Reagan, “the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.”
Under the so-called Reagan Doctrine, the CIA trained and assisted this and other anti-Communist insurgencies worldwide.”
Some of you recall the hearings with Ollie North, sweet Fawn Hall, et al., who all lied about everything, including selling missiles to the Iranians to finance this secret “non-war.” Enough history.
My friend has yet to receive benefits from his injuries in the jungles as the USA government didn’t authorize the caper. He does get VA, some SS monies for his disability but nothing for his disabling injuries.
So, when you hear all the Republicans cheering their vets, know its all malarkey—-
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