Update: How I Left the Left and Got Here: US Vietnam POW’s believed to be in the former Soviet Union

By Jim Campbell

March, 8th, 2017

I too was a member of the left, a card-carrying member of the Peace and Freedom Party.

It was the late 60’s and our troops were getting shot up and dying in Vietnam on a daily basis.



Some came home with missing limbs, some with blown minds as in PTSD while others came home in a flag draped coffin.

Some are still classified as Missing in action.

POW’s are presumed to have been returned to America as the result of normalization of relations. (Source)

Nope Vietnam was not going to be my war.

Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin said Monday that some U.S. prisoners captured during the Vietnam War were moved to labor camps in the Soviet Union, and he speculated that some may still be alive.


The Charm School

“Our archives have shown that it is true–some of them were transferred to the territory of the former U.S.S.R. and were kept in labor camps,” Yeltsin told NBC News in an interview aboard his presidential jet en route from Moscow to Washington.

by Nelson DeMille 

Something very strange — and sinister — is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino.

In a place called Mrs. Ivanova’s Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW’s how to be model citizens of the USA.

The Soviet goal — to infiltrate the United States undetected.

When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

“We don’t have complete data and can only surmise that some of them may still be alive.”  (Source)

If so, are back channel talks going on with Putin to secure their release?

With all that has transpired since then what possible bargaining chim could they provide the the former KGB spymaster?



I got into a Psychological Operations unit and served my tour that way.

Think of my job as doing what Robin Williams  did in his great roll in “Good Morning Vietnam.”




Front Page is one of my go to sources even though it’s far right.

Michael Ledeen has a great sense of humor so you will likely hear more from him in future postings.

Now for the purpose of this introduction let us introduce.  Michael Ledeen has joined our roster of writers as a Shillman Journalism Fellow. Below is his first contribution to our publication. Welcome aboard, Michael!

So I thought I’d start my contributions for Frontpage with a bit of autobiography.

I’m an old guy—will be 77 in a few months—with 38 books written, and hundreds of articles, some scholarly, some political. 

Like my old friends Peter Collier and David Horowitz, I used to be a Lefty (well, not like Peter and David, rather more like a Scoop Jackson Democrat), but I don’t do that anymore. 

I stopped being “progressive” in the mid-sixties, while living in Rome. 

At that time, the big cause was abortion, which of course I favored, but the most intense opposition to it came from the Communist Party, as would opposition to divorce, which came next. 

See the entire article below.


The Communists assaulted pro-abortion demonstrators in the streets. 

No First Amendment for them! 

And so it became clear that they were a violent, intolerant, reactionary party.

That’s what made me a convinced anti-Communist. 

I had plenty of leftist friends who shared my views, many of whom were students of mine at the University of Rome, where I taught a course in American history. 

Footnote:  I always taught in the wrong language;  I taught American history in Italian, and Italian history in English.

So I learned a lesson about both countries:  we’re pretty ignorant of each other’s history. 

Most Americans think Italy’s a lovely place with great food, not realizing that Italian unification largely failed, and we have a stereotype of Italians, you know, sweet people, that totally ignores the significant fact that Italy probably has the oldest ongoing tradition of political assassination in the Western world.

My students were in open revolt against the Establishment—we’re now talking early to mid-seventies—and some were members of the Red Brigades and even more radical (!) groups.

 I advised them to emigrate, but very few did. 

Today, young Italians learn English and leave. 

Sometimes you just have to cut your losses.

For a couple of years I worked with Claire Sterling, a great reporter who had evolved as I had. 

We wrote for The New Republic, at the time a maverick magazine with a terrific lineup. 

Our most famous article was about the financing of the Communist Party, which mostly came from the Soviet Union. 

It was a big story, and it made me a target of Soviet disinformation, as when, years later, I was accused of falsifying the story of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II. 

That false accusation (Marvin Kalb, at NBC, wrote and broadcast the actual story) came via Bulgarian media, and in the same period I was declared an “enemy of the Soviet people.”  High praise, I suppose.

We moved to Washington in 1977, where I’ve lived ever since.

 During the Reagan years, I was special advisor to Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and then worked as a consultant to the national security advisor. 

As those years culminated in Iran-Contra, I had plenty of free time. 

There aren’t many jobs available to someone under investigation. 

One of the benefits of being the target of a special prosecutor (Judge Walsh in my case) is that you discover who your friends aren’t. 

It’s a lot harder to fool us in 2018 than it was in 1987.

The investigation lasted about six years, and I spent a lot of time in Africa, especially in Brazzaville.

In 2001 we became a military family.

Our older son signed up for the Marines officer training program, and our younger boy did the same a few years later. 

Our daughter (who had earned an MBA) went to Iraq after the invasion to work with the new government there on financial matters. 

She served, as a civilian, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, while the boys each served, in combat, in one of the two. 

All three are now in the business world.  And there are two grandchildren!

I was at the American Enterprise Institute for twenty years, and then moved to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies,where I still hang my boots. 

My most recent book is The Field of Fight, which I coauthored with Gen. Michael Flynn, and which was a New York Times best seller. 

Current work includes blogging at PJMedia and sometimes for the Wall Street

Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where I still hang my boots. 

My most recent book is The Field of Fight, which I coauthored with Gen. Michael Flynn, and which was a New York Times best seller. 

Current work includes blogging at PJMedia and sometimes for the Wall Street Journal

God willing, I will soon finish a book on the revival of Judaism in contemporary Italy.



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1 Response to Update: How I Left the Left and Got Here: US Vietnam POW’s believed to be in the former Soviet Union

  1. Rule of Law says:

    This NEWS that there may be Veterans of the Vietnam War alive and held prisoners in Russia is very distressing.

    The Warriors who fought for America did not deserve to be left behind. The Government lied to all about the Vietnam War and the liars need to be brought to Justice – if Justice actually exists any longer.

    The corruption in America’s government is simply not acceptable. The complete breakdown of the TRUST for a warrior is so important. If America’s warriors cannot trust their leaders then WHAT?

    America was and should be a Nation of Laws and Justice. The Pledge of Allegiance and the U S. Constitution were real to all of us older Americans who served our Country. WTF?


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