But we did defend there for the better part of two decades and Snow overlooks the biggest myth-- the idea that our efforts were wasted. They weren't because our goal was (or was supposed to have been) containment, not conquest. We contained communism (or at least slowed it down a lot) enough for Reagan to finish it off in the '80's. I'd call it a successful Fabian defense.
I've tried to make this point to people for decades. All the men we lost were lost in a cause just as important as WWII. Communism made the Nazis look like amateurs when it came to slaughtering people. They saved us from decades of a new Dark Ages.
posted on 01/31/2004 12:23:38 PM PST
I don't know what anyone is trying to say, aside from insulting each other. I spent 27 months there between 1965 - 1968 with MACV and the 25 DIV, as enlisted scum, 11B, and I thought we should have been there.
Americas last great burst of altruism.
posted on 01/31/2004 12:33:20 PM PST
by Little Bill
(I can't take another rat in the White House at my age.)
Communism made the Nazis look like amateurs
You and me and a bunch here know that but it's amazing how most people don't -- especially the dems and the press. Stalin killed so many more people than Hitler did, and when the last Stalinist- Gorby - called it quits, they gave HIM the friggin' Nobel prize. Maybe Carter is in good company, but if Nobel was alive today he'd be spinning in his grave.
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