Monday, May 27, 2013
Remembering The Vietnam War
During my college career the war continued to escalate and a few months before my graduation in January of 1968 there was a coordinated attack by the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong - the Tet offensive. As a result even more troops were sent and the draft boards were very busy. Unlike the recent operations in the Middle East most Americans knew someone who served in Vietnam and many knew someone who died there. When the war ended in 1973 over two and a half million had served there and 58,272 had died there.
The Vietnam war shaped my political thinking. While over 58,000 of America's finest died for nothing I had hoped that we had learned a lesson. But that was not to be the case. The Bush/Cheney cabal and the military industrial complex made all the same wrong assumptions and there are still some who want to involve us in unwinnable military adventures.
I fear for the future. The Middle East is a powder keg about to explode. There are those who insist the US needs to show "leadership." Leadership equals more of America's finest dying for nothing and resources needed to fix the homeland will be squandered elsewhere.
This is what I'm thinking on this Memorial Day.