Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Vietnam Veteran: One Need Not Be a Pacifist to See What is Happening
I'm a Democrat but not a pacifist. I supported pursuing Bin Laden in Afganistan after 9/11; but, I did not see the alleged links to terrorism Bush used to conger up a need to support his vision of preemptive war in Iraq. Consequently, I opposed the Iraqi invasion from the start.
The language I'm hearing from the Bush administration now is precisely like the rationalizations provided by the latter stages of the Johnson adminnistration and the Nixon administration to explain why we should stick it out in Viet Nam. Sad that the same nonsense needs to be repeated to the same effect with no apparant learning form previous mistakes. Failed efforts 40 years ago to Viet Namize that war used the same language and techniques to create a fighting force that proved uninterested in fighting fellow countrymen as we see in Bush's speech and current Rovian efforts to Iragize the current conflict. I guess it's true that those who don't learn from history are fated to repeat it. I would hope that common sense would have prevailed if Bush, Chaney and Rove had actually experienced combat. Perhaps a universal draft is not so bad after all? It seems pretty clear in hind sight that Bush the father and his advisors saw the problems of "owning" a country you invade and topple -- to paraphrase General Powell.
Thanksfor providing this opportunity to allow veterans to share their experiences and views! Carry on