False FlagSubmitted by kevink on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 23:55
It wasn't until fairly recently that I learned the term "false flag" (though I had certainly known about the concept - just didn't know the name for it). Anyway, today for some strange reason I (very randomly) thought about a character on the old TV show M*A*S*H - a dislikeable military guy who inflicted wounds on himself. I used to watch that show as a kid and I remember not understanding why he always tried to hurt himself. Today I looked up that character's name and, lo and behold, his name was "Colonel Flagg". Immediately it occurred to me that he had to have represented false flag attacks. It's weird to have something that I didn't understand as a kid crystallize years later.
Does anyone remember this character? I pasted part of his wiki entry below. Not even sure why I'm bringing this up but maybe it has relevance considering the possible false flag attacks that have been occurring (possibly) with more regularity in recent years.
Lieutenant Colonel (later Colonel) Sam Flagg is played by Edward Winter. Col. Flagg is an American intelligence agent. His behavior is paranoid and irrational and he appears to the staff of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital to be mentally unstable; the fact that he deliberately seriously injures himself to advance an investigation seems proof of that. At one point, he tries to get into Counter Intelligence Corps headquarters by crashing his jeep into a brick wall and setting himself on fire. (When told this, Hawkeye responds, "Is this guy available for kids' parties?") In that episode, to get into the 4077th, he orders a helicopter pilot to crash and then twice breaks his own arm. He alternately claims to be affiliated with the CIA, the CIC, or the CID, and occasionally all at once, depending on to whom he is speaking. Example: "I'm with the CIA, but I tell people I'm with the CIC, so they think I'm with the CID." Majors Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan, strong anti-Communists, follow his assignments with great interest, but are unable to "buddy up" to him as they hope. As Flagg says, "Nobody can get the truth out of me because even I don't know what it is. I keep myself in a constant state of utter confusion." At some point, however, Major Houlihan loses her respect for Flagg, as revealed in an episode in which she claims that he gives Americans a bad name.