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  •  Looking back... (none)
    "That's my take.  What's yours?..." by BCF.

    Looking back, precise dates are not my big forte, but I remember the entire period well, of course. Like it was yesterday. I had been in Vietnam shortly after the defeat of the French, in 1958 (?)and at that point the U.S. was just starting to pour war materiale in, to prop up the South. I wasn't there long, just enough to get around and capture the "flavour" of what was going on, and the sense of big shit going down and the people, for sure.

    It changed me, in a way that is still pretty much of a mystery to me-, a know nothing, rebellious little shit, who didn't have two political clues he could rub together. But it did change some of my "teenage assumptions", about being on the side of "the right and democracy", and set me off in a "left" direction of development. Certainly by '72 I was well into it and working against the U.S. war interests.

    I'm enjoying reading all this shit and speculation about The Shrub of course, because I get that same sense of the time back. Only he was going through something quite different, at a whole different "class" level than I was. I agree with SW. Bush was just trying to stay the fuck out of harms way during this period, along with a whole bunch of other U.S. American young males we were trying to help settle in this country, black and white. If he'd wanted to be "over there and serve", it would've certainly been easy enough, I'm damned sure.

    Thanks for this chuckle, Monkey.

    •  Canuck and SW (none)
      I am not really disagreeing with anything you say at all and I think you both always post really good comments.  I am simply trying to fill out the picture a little more.  There was a huge change in the "tenor" of the war in the Spring of 1972t that time and the picture is not complete without the "bass" line that the history of the war provides now.  What was going on in the war and everything that has been reported about W during that time supports a view of someone who was scared shitless for the first time in their life.  Hell, maybe he got caught with coke on purpose . . . .
      •  Coke on purpose... (none)
        "I am simply trying to fill out the picture a little more." writes BCF.

        And if there is a hint there, brother, that I didn't or don't appreciated your comments, it was unintentional. I do appreciate very much hearing what you have to say. :)

        I got this below in an email today. If it's old hat down there, you've got to remember, it takes awhile to travel up here:

        Three Texas surgeons were playing golf and discussing surgeries that they had performed.
        One of them said, "I'm the best surgeon in Texas. A concert pianist lost 7 fingers in an accident, I reattached them and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England."

        One of the other surgeons said; "That's nothing. A young man lost both arms and legs in an accident, reattached them and 2 years later he won a gold medal in field events in the Olympics."

           The third surgeon said; "You guys are amateurs. Several years ago a cowboy who was high on cocaine and alcohol rode a horse head-on into a train traveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to
        work with was the horse's ass and a cowboy hat.  He is now the President of the United States.

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