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  •  you mean people like secdef Kerry or (5+ / 0-)

    presumptive next dem prez nominee Hillary?

    That'll be the day. Ain't holding my breath.

    Kerry, so famous for his anti-war activities, was totally wrong at the time about Viet Nam. His famous line to Congress about "How do you ask someone to be the last one to die for a mistake?" was nonsense. VN was NOT a mistake. Just like Iraq, it was a calculated piece of global hegemony designed to secure our influence in a resources-rich corner of the world.

    Consider the famous quote from our then-UN Ambassador, Henry Cabot Lodge:

    He who holds or has influence in Vietnam can affect the future of the Philippines and Formosa to the east, Thailand and Burma with their huge rice surpluses to the west, and Malaysia and Indonesia with their rubber, ore, and tin to the south. Vietnam thus does not exist in a geographical vacuum. From it large storehouses of wealth and population can be influenced and undermined.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:44:48 AM PDT

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