Most Vietnam Veterans are familiar with the term coined by Union general William T. Sherman during the Civil War – “War is Hell.” It is not an experience most of us would want to repeat nor would we wish it on our sons and grandsons. Today was can add daughter and granddaughters to that inclination. One would think the leaders of our nation would have learned enough about the slippery path that led us into the Vietnam quagmire to prevent it from happening again.
Unfortunately, that might not be the case according to an opinion piece from Paris, France. A discussion of the distinct possibility of our country being drawn into another Vietnam type war is found in The Tribune Content Agency titled: Why America should recall the Vietnam War when choosing its next president submitted by Rachel Marsden.
Marsden points out that former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara stated in his memoir, “In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” Kennedy had decided on Oct. 2, 1963, the month before he was assassinated, to begin the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam. Kennedy’s exit strategy was effectively buried with him. His successor Lyndon B. Johnson not only stayed in the war but ramped it up many times over.
Marsden makes a very profound observation: “The Persian Gulf regimes — Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait — that funded the rebels who ultimately formed the Islamic State have also managed to spare millions of dollars for the Clinton Foundation. These generous donors want Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime to fall.
Would Kennedy have been so keen to get troops out of Vietnam if he had a family foundation that was receiving donations from South Korea, Laos, Thailand and other Asian countries that were supporting South Vietnam?”
In the upcoming presidential election the country will have to decide if it wants a person with dubious back office connections that could force less than beneficial decisions for the nation or a deal maker with a slim world diplomacy resume. The outcome could cost more American blood. All citizens are urged to carefully consider who they want to be our next president.
Rachel Marsden show website: http://www.unredactedshow.com