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To: narby
Just imagine if Goldwater had won the presidency in '64. What would Vietnam have been like?

I was told in 1964 that if I voted for Goldwater the war in Vietnam would be escalated. So I voted for Goldwater. And sure enough the war in Vietnam was escalated.

10 posted on 07/20/2005 8:34:06 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Memos on Bush Are Fake but Accurate". NYTimes)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan
LBJ's idea of "escalation" I'm sure would not have been Goldwaters version.

The war was stagnant until the Christmas 72 bombing in the north. We removed the restriction on B-52s on Hanoi for 12 days, and the north basically sued for peace. The operations plan for that campaign had been drawn up in 1965.

We never needed to send GI's into the jungles of the South Vietnam. We only needed to ring up uncle ho on the phone and tell him to get the hell out of South Vietnam or the bombers will be there next week. Then do it.

It worked in '72. It would have worked in '65. And in '75 as well, and we could have saved millions of lives had we done it again.

13 posted on 07/20/2005 9:25:59 AM PDT by narby (There are Bloggers, and then there are Freepers.)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

Haven't heard that one in a long time. LOL. Thanks for the memories.


25 posted on 07/21/2005 5:36:22 PM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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