Wednesday, October 04, 2006

What really happened in Vietnam?

We betrayed people who were counting on us:

Vietnam was lost in the halls of Congress, mainly because conservatives who knew better finally caved to the twin assaults of the anti-war Left and the nascent advocacy journalism movement. How many of you knew that, in our “defeat” during the Tet Offensive the Viet Cong, those black-pajamaed folk heroes of the Left, were virtually annihilated, never able to muster a force above company strength after their losses in Tet?

How many of you know that the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, the ARVN, had taken over their country’s defense, that the last American combat soldiers had been withdrawn, long before the end of the war? What happened? Congressional liberals, triumphant after the successful propaganda campaign that brought them to power, decided that our former allies should get not one more penny in military aid. ARVN troops were sent into the field with three rounds apiece while their medics washed bandages to be reused. That’s what they had with which to face the Soviet-supported North, who swept into South Vietnam with more armor than the Wehrmacht sent into Poland.

Thus was the sacrifice of 58,000 American dead negated. Thus began the real horror, and the bloodbaths in southeast Asia, while the American Press averted their gaze from the millions who died in the aftermath. It took decades for our military to recover from this betrayal.

Bloodbaths? Do you remember bloodbaths? Do you remember US helicopters taking off with our Vietnamese allies trying desperately to cling to them? Boat people?

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