Giving away the hard earned prize: Vietnam

It is a favorite meme on the left that is bent to fit its anti-military desires. The problem is that the loss wasn’t military, it was political and the loss sits squarely on their shoulders. Bruce Walker describes When We Lost the Winnable War, why were in it, and the disingenuous opposition.

The whole faux “moral argument” waged by draft-dodgers and communist sympathizers during the 1960s and 1970s against the Vietnam War was wrong. America had a treaty obligation and a moral duty to save South Vietnam and its neighbors from the horrors and poverty of communism. The only real argument that remains is whether we could have “won” this war or not.

As sickening as it seems, craven politicians in Washington and communist sympathizers on American campuses, safe and comfortable in America, bartered away the courage of better Americans who fought and bled in Vietnam and condemned tens of millions of innocents in Southeast Asia to genocide and slavery.

There is, of course, a lesson for us today. The same sort of spoiled and selfish political class in Washington today surrenders the willing sacrifices of all those good Americans who have fought in this, our longest war, so that Obama or his flacks can gain a few polling points or bask for a moment in false glory. We are, today, losing another winnable war.

Of course, for the left, it is American atrocity that matters no matter how small or how isolated. What is forgotten is “The conduct of the war by the communists in South Vietnam was calculated and sadistic terrorism, particularly focusing on threats to members of the family or the local village, who had no political views at all.” The SEATO alliance gets short shrift. The moral outrage was not in trying to defend South Vietnam but in a politically restrained effort that tied the hands of the military and undermined public understanding of the nature of the conflict. The result was that many suffered. It is those that stimulated and promoted that suffering that are preening their moral purity. They did not learn and, it appears, have not yet come to grips with their denial.

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