Monday, August 27, 2007

The Iraq-Vietnam Comparison

Advice to Democrats: Look away.

Mark Steyn reminds those who would prefer to forget what happened in Southeast Asia when the anti-war party convinced the country to call it quits and skaddaddle.

Money quote:

"As the New York Times put it, "In urging Americans to stay the course in Iraq, Mr. Bush is challenging the historical memory that the pullout from Vietnam had few negative repercussions for the United States and its allies."

Well, it had a "few negative repercussions" for America's allies in South Vietnam, who were promptly overrun by the North. And it had a "negative repercussion" for former Cambodian Prime Minister Sirik Matak, to whom the U.S. ambassador sportingly offered asylum. "I cannot, alas, leave in such a cowardly fashion," Matak told him. "I never believed for a moment that you would have this sentiment of abandoning a people which has chosen liberty … . I have committed this mistake of believing in you, the Americans."

So Sirik Matak stayed in Phnom Penh and a month later was killed by the Khmer Rouge, along with about 2 million other people. If it's hard for individual names to linger in the New York Times' "historical memory," you'd think the general mound of corpses would resonate."

Sweet dreams.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Randal Davis said...

I think it’s funny how the Angry Left tried sooooo desperately early on to draw disingenuous comparisons between the Iraq war and the Vietnam war in a slimy effort to cheap shot Bush. That dishonest din quieted down when we reminded them that: A) That was a Dem war B) How they showed their “patriotism” and how they treated our returning troops back then C) 60,000 war dead in Vietnam was a whole lot different than 3500 in Iraq D) What happened there once we cut & ran.
Now, since our good King made his honest assessment the other day by drawing comparison to cutting and running then and now, every shrill Leftie blogger, columnist and editorialist has been jumping up and down screaming how his was a dishonest, irrelevant or somehow faulty comparison.

Gotta love the Angry Left. They’ll go to any lying length to assail this president -even during wartime- in order to regain power. And they don’t care to what despicable or treasonous levels they must sink in order to do so. Yep, "By any means necessary."

Which side was it again that has divided America?
Did I say “funny”? I meant disgusting, dishonest and despicable. Yep, not much has changed since Vietnam.

August 27, 2007 at 5:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a small comparison between Vietnam and Iraq. Vietnam: After pushing ourselves into an internal conflict with the BS threat of "the commis will take over the region", 57,000 dead, countless wounded and billions spent....You and I can go on vacation in Vietnam for a kneehigh. Why, because it was all BS. Iraq, BS. Another Gulf o' Tonkin. Iraq is a diversionary tatic designed to color code your brain into the atmosphere.

The US had their civil war and nothing was going to stop it, sad as it might be, but it was a process. No matter how long we stay, and no matter how many thousands of US soldiers die, the day after we leave Iraq will have their full blown civil war. They have already started fighting over the pie = Iraq. I and the majority of the people in this country are on the side of the US soldier, so much that we would like to see him and or her come home alive.

August 27, 2007 at 2:44 PM 
Anonymous Randal said...

Sure, the Left cares for our soldiers so much that they are not above using them as fodder for their cheap political games against Bush in their quest to reclaim power.

Hey, I wonder if they’re gonna spit on our boys when they return this time?

August 28, 2007 at 12:41 AM 
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