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Right Intention: Vietnam and This Election

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Vietnam and This Election

Chrenkoff found a lengthy but interesting essay on Vietnam and the current election that was written by Isntapundit. No, read that again. I wonder if Glenn Reynolds knows about this site?

Here are some snippets:

Vietnam wasn't a strategic and military defeat. It was a cultural, intellectual and spiritual defeat from which America has not yet recovered. Our best chance to avoid repeating that disastrous history is to really understand it, which we have yet to do...

I absolutely agree with this. It’s too bad the MSM is still furiously trying to prevent an honest assessment of what actually happened in Vietnam. They don't want to acknowledge their role in our defeat.

Nevertheless, the notion seems to have taken hold. In January of 1968 the Viet Cong and the NVA launched the historic Tet Offensive, with all the force at their disposal. They made astonishing gains at first, but were repulsed in a matter of days and suffered devastating losses, the Viet Cong especially. The general in command of the Viet Cong, Vo Nguyen Giap, later wrote that he was defeated in spirit, and ready to sue for peace at this time. Total American casualties in the war up to that point were about 10,000, a fraction of the final tally.

Tet was a major military victory for the US, and should have been a massive propaganda victory as well; when the US and ARVN forces drove the Communists from Hue city after a 26-day siege, they found that the Communists had executed thousands of Vietnamese and piled them in mass graves.

Walter Cronkite took a dejected and demoralizing view of these events in his
broadcast of February 27. "We are mired in stalemate," he said, and concluded that victory was beyond our reach. Cronkite's broadcast discouraged millions of Americans, stalled the war effort at that critical juncture (President Johnson's Defense Secretary, Robert MacNamara, resigned two days after the broadcast), gave heart to the battered Viet Cong (Vo Nguyen Giap specifically credits Cronkite for this), and set America on course for a painful and humiliating defeat.

I’m no expert on the Vietnam war. But I’ve now read in a few places that, according to Giap’s biography, we were on the verge of victory until he realized that Cronkite and his fellow leftists were doing their best to destroy our morale and will to fight. I must read this book. I could end up being even more disgusted by the MSM than I am now, which I didn’t think was possible.

John F. Kennedy would not recognize the Democrats of today, except as adversaries.

Bingo. I’ve been saying this for a while. I have no idea what happened to my party. I just know that I want nothing to do with them until they regain their sanity.

A vote for George Bush is not just a vote against John Kerry. It is a vote to reject John Kerry's defeatist, shame-faced worldview, and the Communist propaganda at its root; the propaganda Kerry parroted so eagerly in 1971. It is a vote to ignore the major media's narrative of hopelessness. It is a vote against the idea of American soldiers as monsters and/or victims, and of America herself as a cowardly, baleful interloper in world affairs.

He is speaking my mind. One of the many reasons we need to re-elect Bush is to try to destroy the Vietnam era mindset once and for all. The shameful lying of the hysterically screeching left and their media allies cannot be allowed to succeed again. These people must be marginalized once and for all. I dream of a day when their influence on national discourse is on a par with that of the Ku Klux Klan. Which is to say, none at all.

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