That's just work.
On the family side, the daughter caught a break and was asked to manage a music venue during South by Southwest and I was tasked with constructing some signage for that. Maybe that'll catch Barry's eye and he'll stop in. Just kiddin'
Anyhow, I have to deliver that signage today, so gonna be a short post.
No Excuse, Sir!
Last night I finished Crew Chief, "Be he ne'er so vile" by William "Buzz" Barron. It's never going to win the Nobel Prize in Literature or be taught in school, but I enjoyed it.
The book is an autobiography with a little bit of growing up, schooling and enlisting in the Air Force. Most of the book is about his time as a Crew Chief on the F-105. He focuses primarily on his two tours to Vietnam.
As I said, I enjoyed the book, recognizing most of the names and even some names on the sides of Airplanes, Bat Bird being one. (Hint, Two of its pilot's pictures are on this blog's masthead).
|Bat Bird is on the left.|
Lots of war stories, both poignant and funny. I give it a solid "Read!"
However, the last page of the book got my dander up. I'm still trying to determine if it actually is true. It appears to be, but I'm sincerely hoping it's not. It's a quote from General Piotrowski's book "Basic Airman to General" The Secret War & Other Conflicts".
Here's the quote.
"Nearly twenty years later, former Secretary of State Dean Rusk being interviewed by Peter Arnett on a CBC documentary called "The Ten Thousand Day War".
Mr. Arnett asked, "It has been rumored that the United States provided the North Vietnamese Government the names of the targets that would be bombed the following day. Is there any truth to that allegation?"
To everyone's astonishment and absolute disgust, the former Secretary responded, "Yes. We didn't want to harm the North Vietnamese people, so we passed the targets to the Swiss embassy in Washington with instructions to pass them to the NVN government through their embassy in Hanoi" As we watched in horror, Secretary Rusk went on to say, "All we wanted to do is demonstrate to the North Vietnamese leadership that we could strike targets at will, but we didn't want to kill innocent people. By giving the North Vietnamese advanced warning of the targets to be attacked, we thought they would tell the workers to stay home."YGBFSM!
I've bought Piotrowski's book, but I've also bought the DVD set to watch and see if Rusk actually said those words. Stay tuned.