Thursday, May 24, 2007

Same Old Story

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall:

"Johnson: And we just got to think about it. I'm looking at this Sergeant of mine this morning and he's got 6 little old kids over there, and he's getting out my things, and bringing me in my night reading, and all that kind of stuff, and I just thought about ordering all those kids in there. And what in the hell am I ordering them out there for? What in the hell is Vietnam worth to me? What is Laos worth to me? What is it worth to this country? We've got a treaty but hell, everybody else has got a treaty out there, and they're not doing a thing about it.

Bundy: Yeah, yeah.

Johnson: Of course, if you start running from the Communists, they may just chase you right into your own kitchen.

Bundy: Yeah, that's the trouble. And that is what the rest of that half of the world is going to think if this thing comes apart on us. That's the dilemma, that's exactly the dilemma."

Of course, they were wrong. We turned tail and fled Vietnam (not to mention Poland, Czechoslovakia, etc.), and still defeated communism handily with no more of a sacrifice than the lives of a few million darkies who had the misfortune of living in questionable spheres of influence, and usually without an actual American finger pulling the trigger.

Why does George Bush hate America?


Blogger hurtleg said...

Of course this is not relevant today since terrorists have already come to American and killed thousands and swear daily they will do so again. Does anyone in the anti Bush crowd remember 9/11? I guess its easier to ignore these inconvenient facts.

I have to ask what the @$#! does "Why does George Bush hate America?" mean. I suppose we are just ignorant out here on planet Mundelein.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

What's this "9/11" everyone keeps talking about?

The Johnson quote is only partially relevant: our intervention in Vietnam was ineffectual at stopping the spread of communism in Vietnam (maybe because pussy liberals wouldn't go for nuking them?), whereas our intervention in Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but is actually increasing the level of terrorism and the technical sophistication of terrorists. So, you're right--an imperfect analogy.

12:10 PM  

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