I had Bret Baier’s show on yesterday and he apparently has done a documentary on the Viet Nam war……..Some of the survivors of that war, American soldiers, insist that war was winnable, and could have, should have, been won. They want their dead friends and other soldiers honored for having lost their lives there. The Viet Nam Wall is THE most visited monument in all of D.C.
SOMETHING INTERESTING OCCURRED TO ME: We often talk about what went wrong in America here at Geeez. I’ve frequently suggested it was the sudden onset of DRUG USE with young folks. (Rockers in suits and ties suddenly dressing like Woodstock slobs, etc….I just mentioned it the other day) A lot of people I knew who’d never done drugs started doing drugs in Vietnam.
While I haven’t seen Bret’s whole documentary, the ‘teaser’ says some interesting things…one thing being what I said above about how so many survivors felt it was winnable….(I’m personally not sure what that would have meant…)…and they mean it. And they were THERE.
I think of Walter Cronkite, who even some Republicans believe was politically unbiased…It’s said that he talked Americans out of Viet Nam. Most of us know how popular ol’ Walter was, and what an impact his statements made during his news broadcasts.
Another thing said in Bret’s narrative was how much havoc that war caused in our country, and how WRONG America was deemed to be at the time, and how (this got me, big time), suddenly, “…even the enemy wasn’t so bad” in our zeal to condemn our soldiers and ourselves. Remember our soldiers were spit on at airports, etc? “…even the enemy wasn’t so bad” Remember the awful picture of that little boy running from (I think?) Napalm? It was probably THE most famous picture from that war. It REALLY got Americans upset, maybe even added to the fuel of how wrong WE were.
I believe some of you have weighed in here on how wrong Viet Nam was……Are our elderly soldiers today so wrong in saying we could have won? Are they only wishing that was true because so many friends died in the effort?
“Even our enemy wasn’t so bad” sounds SO Leftwing…. Considering that Cronkite wasn’t biased, seems Leftwing to me, too. I found this interesting article that deals with what I just wrote…check it out. From it is this paragraph…
CRONKITE: “When he’d visited Vietnam on a reporting trip early in the war, he’d been annoyed by the attitude of the young reporters who seemed to be “engaged in a contest among themselves to determine who was the most cynical,” he wrote in his autobiography.” ‘cynical,’ yes….America BECAME CYNICAL. Exactly my point about a loss of faith in ourselves, questioning our behavior, etc.
THOUGHTS? Was THIS the thing (or a BIG part of) that started our demise? The Viet Nam War?