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Robert F. Turner: ‘Welcome home’ Vietnam veterans - We need to remember the war the way it really happened.
Perhaps the greatest myth of the entire war was that it was “unwinnable.” To the contrary, as many scholars and experts have long recognized, by 1971 or 1972, the war was essentially won in South Vietnam, and by December 1972, Hanoi’s will was broken in the North. The 1968 Tet Offensive, portrayed by most of the media as a great communist victory, in reality was a disastrous blunder that even the North Vietnamese defense minister, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, admitted was a major communist defeat.
That is a serious distortion. Don't blame Congress. Nixon and Kissinger had already determined the war wasn't winnable, but continued the war for political purposes. As for Giap, he never made any such statement.
August 3, 1972:
Nixon: because I look at the tide of history out there, South Vietnam probably can never even survive anyway…
Nixon: It’s terribly important this year, but can we have a viable foreign policy if a year from now or two years from now, North Vietnam gobbles up South Vietnam? That’s the real question.
Kissinger: If a year or two years from now North Vietnam gobbles up South Vietnam, we can have a viable foreign policy if it looks as if it’s the result of South Vietnamese incompetence. If we now sell out in such a way that, say, within a three- to four-month period, we have pushed [unclear] [South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van] Thieu over the brink– we ourselves– I think, there is going to be– even the Chinese won’t like that. I mean, they’ll pay verbal– verbally, they’ll like it–
Nixon: But it’ll worry them.
Kissinger: But it will worry everybody. And domestically in the long run it won’t help us all that much because our opponents will say we should’ve done it three years ago.
Nixon: I know.
xposted to The Washington Times
'Sanctuary' cost the war. I explained it in great detail. then touched 'caps lock' accidentally while hitting 'shift' to do a capitalization, and the whole page disappeared. feh
''Unwinnable'' as long as the concept of the aggressor nation enjoying the status of not just de facto but official 'sanctuary' was the war policy maintained by the allies.
The concept of 'official sanctuary' was an alien, strange, otherworldly war policy, unique in the entire human history of conflict.
Ollie North brought it up yesterday, when he was interviewed during the ceremonies in DC. Asked about the war, he said, 'sanctuary' is what cost us a quick victory and an end to communist aggression for the foreseeable future.
Ollie also repeated that North Vietnamese General Giap has --postwar --said the same thing, that the North was totally unprepared for a move north by the South Vietnamese army, and that the NVA could not have stopped them.
'Sanctuary' made for endlessness, which broke the USA in half in order to serve up a victory to whoever ordered up 'sanctuary'.
'buddy larsen: 'Unwinnable'' as long as the concept of the aggressor nation enjoying the status of not just de facto but official 'sanctuary' was the war policy maintained by the allies.
The U.S. bombed North Vietnam for years. Is that what you mean?
'buddy larsen: Ollie also repeated that North Vietnamese General Giap has --postwar --said the same thing, that the North was totally unprepared for a move north by the South Vietnamese army, and that the NVA could not have stopped them.
okay, you don't agree with Ollie North. Maybe he does not agree with your definition of ''unwinnable'' --whatever that definition might be.
No good attempting rational discussion with this shapeshifer. He knows what's right and that's it. Just listen to him and the world would be Paradise.
buddy larsen: Maybe he does not agree with your definition of ''unwinnable'' --whatever that definition might be.
The American goal was a stable, non-Communist South. In any case, support for the claims about what Giap supposedly said would be appreciated.
The biggest mistake a young person can make in choosing a career is to think that at age 18 or 20 they are choosing a career they're going to hold for the next 40 or 50 years. Most people have multiple careers or jobs over their lifetime. The secret is to keep studying and learning new things your entire life. Then, when the horse is shot out from underneath you, you'll be able to climb onto a new horse and ride it. But if you learn a few things by age 21 or 22 and figure, "That's it, I can do this the rest of my life, I'll never have to study again" then you are doomed.
Well if "A" has become Gentleman's Gentleperson's "C", then their biggest worry may be that college is pumping them full of sunshine.
Mz. Warren was taught to lie on her resume. She was taught by the "women's leadership movement". The white males at Harvard who knew they were hiring an academic liar, could not (would not) stand up to a claim of "native American". Harvard's search for the best to become "educators" has failed, as has been the fact on most campuses in this country since the late 1980's. She was fast tracked--as was Obama--regardless of skills, personal effort, or intellectual insights. Why is everyone so surprised now? Did you not have the courage to confront your local PTA and teachers when your children were young?
Yesterday, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I revisited one of my favorite military heroes ... Lt. General Chesty Puller a legend back then and a legend now. One of my favorite quotes of his is "We've got the enemy in front of us, we've got them on the right of us, we've got them on the left of us, we've got them behind us.. They can't get away now."
How can you help but revere a man like that? They don't make 'em like that any more. They're unique, like unicorns. With enough men like that in our American population, we just can't be defeated.
I feel obliged to defend vegetarians. i have been one for 40years, and am close to a vegan. It's a wonderful way to live, and I don't preach to anybody, almost nobody knows I'm a vegetarian. And I'm a conservative, a serious Christian, a business owner, an NRA member. I just deeply believe that consumption of factory farmed animals in participating in cruelty beyond the pale. People should know the life of the animal they are consuming. There are lots of videos on the web about factory farming. Watch them and then eat your hamburger.
INcidentally, if the US government did not provide vast subsidies to the agricultural industry, factory farming would be far less common. And people would be healthier, too. The entire factory farming industry is based on taxpayer support, and leads to severe animal cruelty. The hens of my youth, who wandered around in a yard and laid eggs when they felt like it, are long gone. Factory farming has destroyed the viability of the family farm -- courtesy of the US taxpayer.
Cheeseburger in Paradise
If professors are concerned about grade inflation, then try this experiment: grab some exams from 100 years ago and see how today's students score.
Jeff Jacoby: "Perhaps by then the very idea of race — white, black or anything else — will finally have been discarded"
Not a chance, not as long as the Dems insist on affirmative action policies that make some people more equal than others. President Pinocchio said today that "Nobody wants to get something for nothing." Bull. There are plenty of racial grifters like himself and his supporters that want to get LOTS for nothing. He just hasn't delivered, which is what he plans for his second term if he can get it.