Skip to comments.Vietnam is no Iraq
Posted on 09/24/2004 9:39:04 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
SOME MONTHS ago, before the election campaigns became heated, a distinguished British journalist called me to ask if I thought Vietnam was finally fading from the American psyche. No one would ask that question today.
Vietnam, like some creature from the black lagoon, has reached up out of the swampy past to wrap its tentacles around the election of 2004, nearly 30 years since that conflict ended in shame with helicopters lifting off from the American Embassy in Saigon.
John Kerry deliberately based his early campaign on his Vietnam service. One can understand why. He needed to prove his credentials as a potential commander in chief in these troubled times with the United States fighting two wars and facing a terrorist threat. I am sure this tactic helped him when Democrats came to the decision that he had a better chance of being elected president than Howard Dean.
But it was always a two-edged sword. Kerry's antiwar activities after he left Vietnam were bound to cause some resentment among Vietnam vets. I suspect that much of today's culture war springs from a resentment of the long-haired, rebellious '60s. John Kerry was careful not to burn an American flag or get too close to Jane Fonda, but the antiwar protest was an anathema to some in this country and still is.
But the real problem in this week of dredging up the '60s and '70s is that it is all a distraction from what really matters. Long articles in the nations newspapers, and Dan Rather's face on the cover of Time Magazine with six weeks to go to the general election, are sad comments on our times. George Bush will shortly have served four years as president.
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Perhaps we are back where we started from.
So, you think that kerry is going to try his old tried and true on the American voters? "I stopped that war in vietnam...single-handedly....so I can stop this war in Iraq..."
Yes, I believe we may be back where we started. But, this time, with the re-election of GWB and the death of CBS, we have a good chance for a different outcome.
Bonged out since Viet Nam.
Struggling with their lattes while demeaning fighting men.
All the while, their pompous arrogance is protected by determined Patriots.
More acurately: "I helped to lose the war in Viet Nam, I will do the same for Iraq.
We Americans can not forget Vietnam for the same reason we Southerners cannot forget the civil war. We lost.
yeah...that too. But see, kerry thinks its okay to lose a war as long as he is the power-player at hand. Has anyone noticed that he talks like he woulda coulda, shoulda -- done all the things that President Bush is already doing, or trying to do?
The Vietnam War will never be over. And those responsible for our retreat are demanding that we forget the war and their traitorous acts. Never. And their treason will never be forgiven no matter how many times they may ask.
Know this. We did not lose the war in Vietnam. Our soldiers were betrayed by traitors both within and without our government. We racked up an exponentially higher number of enemy kills than the enemy did on us. We did not lose the war, we were betrayed.
But of course, they DON'T ask, and never will, and in fact demand praise. They don't think they did anything wrong.
Aha! Iraq will be the new Vietnam!
Vietnam is a cornerstone of liberal mythology, because it is a tale of how American power is both evil and useless. The Gulf War had come and gone too fast to really rouse this spectre, but now that we're in Iraq, the liberals are at a crossroads. If we succeed here, despite the naysaying, despite the hardships, and despite the parallels, well be siezing strategic territory the left has held for decades. Above all else, they must see us fail, because they stand to lose vast expanses of credibility with the American people.
There is a connection between Iraq and Vietnam and it's Kerry he undermined the effort and betrayed his soldiers in Vietnam,and is is doing the same now in Iraq why doesn't the RNC simply and plainly say that
You said, there is a connection between vietnam and Iraq and it is kerry. He undermined the effort and betrayed his soldiers in Vietnam, and is doing the same now in Iraq. Why doesnt the RNC simply and plainly say that.
I wish the RNC would plainly and simply say that. Like so many many other things that dont seem to ever get said about the dummycrat national party.
watch the video....