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50岁的越南战争:我们什么都不学吗?
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Last week Defense Secretary Ashton Carter laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in commemoration of the “50th anniversary” of that war. The date is confusing, as the war started earlier and ended far later than 1966. But the Vietnam War at 50 commemoration presents a good opportunity to reflect on the war and whether we have learned anything from it.

Some 60,000 Americans were killed fighting in that war more than 8,000 miles away. More than a million Vietnamese military and civilians also lost their lives. The US government did not accept that it had pursued a bad policy in Vietnam until the bitter end. But in the end the war was lost and we went home, leaving the destruction of the war behind. For the many who survived on both sides, the war would continue to haunt them.

It was thought at the time that we had learned something from this lost war. The War Powers Resolution was passed in 1973 to prevent future Vietnams by limiting the president’s ability to take the country to war without the Constitutionally-mandated Congressional declaration of war. But the law failed in its purpose and was actually used by the war party in Washington to make it easier to go to war without Congress.

Such legislative tricks are doomed to failure when the people still refuse to demand that elected officials follow the Constitution.

When President George HW Bush invaded Iraq in 1991, the warhawks celebrated what they considered the end of that post-Vietnam period where Americans were hesitant about being the policeman of the world. President Bush said famously at the time, “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam Syndrome once and for all.”

They may have beat the Vietnam Syndrome, but they learned nothing from Vietnam.

Colonel Harry Summers returned to Vietnam in 1974 and told his Vietnamese counterpart Colonel Tsu, “You know, you never beat us on the battlefield.” The Vietnamese officer responded, “That may be so, but it is also irrelevant.”

He is absolutely correct: tactical victories mean nothing when pursuing a strategic mistake.

Last month was another anniversary. March 20, 2003 was the beginning of the second US war on Iraq. It was the night of “shock and awe” as bombs rained down on Iraqis. Like Vietnam, it was a war brought on by government lies and propaganda, amplified by a compliant media that repeated the lies without hesitation.

Like Vietnam, the 2003 Iraq war was a disaster. More than 5,000 Americans were killed in the war and as many as a million or more Iraqis lost their lives. There is nothing to show for the war but destruction, trillions of dollars down the drain, and the emergence of al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Sadly, unlike after the Vietnam fiasco there has been almost no backlash against the US empire. In fact, President Obama has continued the same failed policy and Congress doesn’t even attempt to reign him in. On the very anniversary of that disastrous 2003 invasion, President Obama announced that he was sending US Marines back into Iraq! And not a word from Congress.

We’ve seemingly learned nothing.

There have been too many war anniversaries! We want an end to all these pointless wars. It’s time we learn from these horrible mistakes.

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  1. Rehmat 说:

    Israeli poodle Christians like Ashton Carter love to honor ‘Gentile sacrificial goats’ to serve the cause of the 1% filthy rich fat cats.

    Vietnam did not pose any ‘existential threat’ to United States or its darling Israel. The country didn’t even have natural resources for western imperialists to loot – but killing innocent civilians does boost American morale.

    Well, most American presidents lived in self-denial. Bush didn’t learn from history and invaded Afghanistan and Iraq. But after wasting over \$4 trillion and loss of 7800 soldiers – Afghans and Iraqis hate Americans more than they did before US invasions. Both countries are more closer to Iran than USrael.

    https://rehmat1.com/2009/12/03/afghanistan-to-become-obamas-vietnam/

    • 回复: @anon
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  2. anon • 免责声明 说:
    @Rehmat

    But I’m sure there are lots of Muslims from Afghanistan and Iraq who would just love to invite themselves to a western country. Just like you did!

  3. woodNfish 说:

    Until the fascist amerikan leadership is either voted out or executed along with their enablers for their crimes against humanity, nothing will change.

  4. President Bush said famously at the time, “By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam Syndrome once and for all.”

    That’s why I hate his guts.

  5. @Rehmat

    A fairly perceptive comment, except for the snide and quite untrue “– but killing innocent civilians does boost American morale.”

    Killing innocent civilians did not boost American morale. It was a big morale-buster. I wonder if you have any idea of the number of G.I.’s who spent as much of the war as they could smoking pot and listening to Jimi Hendrix when they weren’t out on patrol. You seem to think of American soldiers as all bloodthirsty fanatics; yes, a tiny few were batshit crazy, but most wanted to fulfill their 12-month tour and still remain human beings at the end of it. I was a G.I. myself from 9/21/1970 to 4/24/1972, and although I was never shipped to ‘Nam, I spoke with a number of my fellow enlisted men in Germany who were only too happy to be out of there for good, with their physical frame and sanity more or less intact.

    Did you come to the West to hate our guts? I wonder.

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  6. anon • 免责声明 说:
    @Eustace Tilley (not)

    He came to the West for money (I.E. a higher standard of living, a better life). That in no way means he is grateful or well disposed to us. Quite the contrary.

    The fact that so many Muslims vote with their feet says more about Islam then anything these clowns mouth off about does.

  7. “We” never learn much if anything at all. For instance, almost no one realizes that whether a declaration of war would have been “Constitutionally-mandated” or not it still would have stunk.

    Way too few have learned that the Constitution itself was and is highly odoriferous and was designed to protect only the freedoms of the money-bag warmongers under the guise of protecting (while squeezing) the freedoms and resources of the rest of us.

    It’s all a hideous fraud.

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  8. jtgw 说: • 您的网站
    @Jacques Sheete

    Fair enough, but it’s fun to point out to the statists that they aren’t even living by their own rules, let alone the rules that respect natural human rights.

  9. @Eustace Tilley (not)

    Rehmat- you got it right. This stuff about American Vietnam vets as killers was an invention of Hollywood and the media especially the NY Times which daily preached hate against all US service members back in those days. I easily remember that because I served in the Marine Corps. The NY Times never had much bad to say about PNAC and the Iraq invasion in 2003.

    The high and mighty crowd backing the man from Vermont scoffs at Trump when he says he will erect a wall across the Mexican border. The man from Vermont and the rest never said “boo” about the wall constructed by Israel.

  10. Agent76 说:

    The answer in ‘NO’ American’s have not.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech at Stanford on April 14, 1967. This speech is known as “The other America”.

    Dr. King’s 2-minute message to you

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