In the previous episode of this podcast the topic of how the Vietnam Veterans paved the way for today’s veterans coming home from war was addressed. It was all in context of the Vietnam War Summit recently held at the LBJ Presidential Library on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. An eclectic assortment of notables appeared at the event and put in their two cents worth. They ranged from current Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry, who by the way served in Vietnam, to singer Country Joe Macdonald. Of course Country Joe had to interject current politics into the event with the comment: “When you see the Trump rallies and a demonstrator and somebody getting punched and stuff like that, it was that magnified 10,000 times every single day.”
In this episode of the podcast we take a look at none other than Henry Kissinger who made a rare public appearance at the event. Kissinger was the national security advisor and Secretary of State under both presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and helped end America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. His comments were featured in a piece from Time Warner Cable News of Austin, Texas titled: Henry Kissinger Speaks at LBJ Library as Part of Vietnam War Summit submitted by Stef Manisero.
According to Manisero Kissinger said: “There was nobody who wanted war, there was nobody who wanted to escalate the war. They all wanted peace. But the question was, ‘Under what conditions can you do that?, It’s an answer he says President Johnson was always searching for. “But his notions of peace were that you made a compromise and that is the one thing that the North Vietnamese were never prepared to do.”
Kissinger’s comments were a tremendous contribution to the meaningfulness of the conference. Another heavy contribution was the appearance of Vietnam Wall Replica. All in the Central Texas area are encouraged to go and see the display.