In the previous episode we talked about the “Moving Wall” Vietnam Memorial being staged for an appearance May 11-15, 2017 in Gadsden, Alabama. All in the North Alabama area are encouraged to go and visit the Memorial. They will see a replica of the Monument in Washington DC displaying the 58,300 names of the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in the Vietnam War. Most all visitors to the Memorial are overwhelmed by the enormity of the grief caused by the those untimely deaths.
Due to the monumental heartache wrought by the Vietnam War it is imperative for all in this country to examine that harsh episode of our history so as to minimize the probability of a recurrence of such catastrophic events.
Air Force Vietnam Veteran Mike Scruggs has written extensively about the Vietnam War. Recently he wrote a column for The Tribune Papers of Asheville, North Carolina titled: The Biggest Political Mistakes of the Vietnam War. In the piece he talked about big mistake number 12 our leaders committed in that war. That opinion will be featured in this episode.
Scruggs believes our leaders running the war did not understand that both Marxist and Islamic doctrines resort to truces only to build up strength to defeat the enemy. Those doctrines allow only three reasons to negotiate:
- To consolidate a victory.
- To stave off defeat.
- To open a new front.
The actions of President Johnson and Robert McNamara lead one to believe they either did not comprehend Marxist doctrine or they did not have the wherewithal to deal with the challenge.
President Nixon understood the challenge but Scruggs argues he was hounded by a hostile media and Congressional opposition to the point of coercing him to settle for an imperfect agreement with the Communists. The Paris Peace Accords eventually led to the North taking over the South.
One of the short comings of the deal for us and our South Vietnamese allies was the allowing of 220,000 NVA troops to remain in the South after the agreement.
Let’s hope succeeding leadership of our country takes note of mistakes made in the Vietnam War and does not repeat them. We do not want any more memorials in Washington with 58,000 names of fallen heroes etched on its black walls.