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    One of the applause lines at CPAC was Rep. Louie Gohmert's statement that Vietnam was winnable, if only we had stayed longer, sent more soldiers and resources, and spent billions more.

    Gohmert came along a decade too late to experience Vietnam, so he has no friggin' clue what it was like, knowing that not only Charlie was gunning for you, but the South Vietnamese you were supposedly fighting for didn't want you there either. I can't imagine why—we only destroyed their county, economy, and government, and inflicted two decades of terror throughout the land.

    Gohmert said we had "better mean it" when we go to war. What the heck does he think America "meant" when they had more than a half million troops in country, when they daily bombed the shit out of North Vietnam, when they spent billions of dollars trying to defeat an enemy who was poor and ill-equipped?

    No, Gohmert, it wasn't "people in Washington" who decided it was time to leave a fucked up conflict. It was mothers and fathers, it was priests and teachers, it was journalists and, yes, politicians. And most of all it was veterans like America's current Secretary of State.

    We've heard this "Vietnam was winnable" garbage since America cut the chord in 1975. McCain, for one, brings it up when he isn't singing bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran. Of course Vietnam was winnable but at what cost? What, exactly, would we have "won" had America stayed another decade, spent another trillion dollars, wasted another 20,000 American lives, killed another 100,000 Vietnamese? How would America's relationship with Vietnam be different than it is today?

    What would those trillions of dollars and thousands of lives gained? Oh, I get it, Gohmert could say we "won."

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:27:40 AM PDT

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