Man, I see a lot of myself in this. I took a Bluto Fellowship tour of Vietnam in 1968, with many of the same thoughts as this guy. From my perspective things were not as screwed up, but they were headed in that direction. The antiwar faction inside Vietnam was a small minority, but the anti-LBJ faction was approaching 100 percent.
Those who, like me, served in the theater but not in Vietnam itself, might be interested in the Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood. It's a veterans organization for those who served in those three countries. Find out more at http://www.tlc-brotherhood.org/.
I attended my first reunion this past fall. For the first time I felt at home. I'm not really at home with the grunts who served in Vietnam. I didn't share their war. Their battles were simply places on a map to me. The TLC guys had been where I'd been. If you served in any of Thailand, Laos or Cambodia, check out the Brotherhood.
During the Vietnam War...
...all agreed with our terrorist enemy HO CHI MINH's Hanoi Radio propaganda lie to the world that...
There Wasn't a Single Communist North Vietnamese Army Soldier Inside a then Free South Vietnam
...or was there..?*
*See my last Photo taken November 15,1865 a full 8 miles INSIDE a then Free South Vietnam:
Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965, Landing Zone Falcon
(In person IA DRANG-1965 Photos)
Yes it is, because it is the right perspective.
The operation went into the FUBAR category for many reasons. The antiwar movement was the primary instigator, as it is today.
These political view points must be isolated and ignored until after a war, not during one.
But, the intent was indeed noble and many lost their lives trying to achieve it. Many, in my opinion, lost their lives needlessly due to a lack of commitment caused by antiwar advocates in the media and in Europe.
As is the case today.
I cannot allow them to escape the responsibility they have for the deaths of many Americans in wars that did not need to fought.
Iraq, for example, could have been defeated by unanimity in the feckless U.N.
They are responsible as much or perhaps more so than Saddam.
Media like the New Yorker and others are doing the same today as they did during Vietnam.
Extending the conflict and perhaps causing the need for it to begin with.
They need to be brought to judgment, regardless of their freedoms to print what ever they please.
The media in Europe, the U.S and in the Islamic world are as much the enemy of democracy as democracy's supposed protector.
They must be called, demanded to account for what they have done and continue to do.
Thank you for posting this article.
Thank God that I saw it.
Many of us have spent decades praying that those betrayed by the Nam experience would be comforted and find "wholeness" on the issue as early as possible.
Year after year has gone by and now little by little, sometimes only one by one they are being redeemed from the curse placed on them by a conglomerate of the vile, the stupid and the arrogant minions of the evil.
It is positively thrilling to see the triumph of the Swifties in their latest trek to set the record upright.
THat action has broken a dam, thrown down a wall that had protected and sanctified the evil that continually promulgated the destruction.
It is time to praise God and glory in the victory He is giving over the intentional acts of wounding and harm those ravagers wish to inflict. It is time for their intent to be turned back upon them so that they reap what they have sown.
I was heartened to see Joe Scarborough (albeit all his faults) strongly condemning the actions of those in the US that cut off funds to Cambodia and S. Vietnam and allowed so many to be massacred.
I am hoping that the Swift Vets have turned the tide and that truth will be taught the younger people.
Notice what this fellow says that Diem was in a position to put a strong, democratic government in Viet Nam. The Communists were hot as Hell to stop him. So, Diem was killed. And who did the dirty job? John F. Kennedy.
Makes you wonder. The story of Oleg Penkovsky makes you wonder some more. Stories some old timers tell make things seem unexplainable except in one way. Remember that John F.'s Dad Old Joe followed the Russian line about war with Hitler all the way through the War, from September '39 to the end. Stay out of the war, let the Europeans' fight their own wars, England was sure to loose, don't go down with a sinking ship - and then Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. Over night isolationism changed into total war fever. Turns out the Soviets and the Third Reich
were allies until Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.
Could you print this?
Uh...what did the writer do there?
Thanks for posting this...it is an excellent article!
I could not stop reading it.