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The Vietnam war is not known for memorable quotes, but I can suggest one, grimly appropriate in the current political landscape.

A detachment of U.S. troops was sent out to protect a strategic village from V.C. incursion when the inevitable firefight broke out.  Cue the helicopter gunships and the napalm drops.  When the smoke cleared, the village had been obliterated, and asked about it later, the leutenant in charge said, "We had to destroy that village in order to save it."

Paul Ryan wants to "save" Medicare, so he says.  No one should be mistaken about what he really means.  It looks like he wants to "save" Social Security, Medicaid, and a woman's right to choose, as well.

We know that he is currently running away from everything he ever accomplished in the House; we should be aware of what he is running toward.  And the title of this piece -- he hasn't said it yet, but it's what he's thinking.

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