President Suggests Vietnam War Should Not Have Ended – People Died Because US Left Southeast Asia
(Best Syndication) Expecting a fight with Congress after General David Petraeus gives his assessment of the Iraq War in September, President Bush has begun warning the American people of a the dangers to a precipitous withdrawal. He mentioned Vietnam 19 times in his speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Wednesday, reminding them of the jeopardy we could put Iraq in if we leave.
After admitting that the Vietnam War was a painful subject, the President said “Then as now, people argued the real problem was America's presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end.” The President suggested that there could be similar killing fields in Iraq if the US decided to withdrawal.
The President used fiction to bolster his case, mentioning a 1955 novel called "The Quiet American." He mentioned a strange quote in reference to the American presence in the country: "I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." In other words, we may mean well, but we caused a lot of pain and suffering.
There were references given by prominent Americans who advocated the withdrawal from Vietnam. But then he began to make his case that America should have not given up in Vietnam and possibly should still be fighting there to this day, and suggested the war should have been expanded to adjacent countries.
He mentioned that the Khmer Rouge in neighboring Cambodia began to slaughter their people. “The Khmer Rouge began a murderous rule in which hundreds of thousands of Cambodians died by starvation and torture and execution,” the President said. “In Vietnam, former allies of the United States and government workers and intellectuals and businessmen were sent off to prison camps, where tens of thousands perished.” He went on to talk about the boat-people exodus.
The President did not mention the hundreds of Muslims brought to this country from Iraq who collaborated with the US but now face certain death if not removed from Iraq. There are plans to bring thousands more refugees and collaborators into the United States from the war torn country.
Previously the President has said that the reason the US lost the war in Vietnam was because we withdrew our forces. On Wednesday he said “Three decades later, there is a legitimate debate about how we got into the Vietnam War and how we left.”
Keeping with his theme that the US should not have withdrawn from Vietnam the President invoked the al Qaeda second in command. "The American people had risen against their government's war in Vietnam. And they must do the same today," Zawahri said.
The President warned that if the US withdrawals from Iraq the terrorists might think they won. “If we were to abandon the Iraqi people, the terrorists would be emboldened, and use their victory to gain new recruits. As we saw on September the 11th, a terrorist safe haven on the other side of the world can bring death and destruction to the streets of our own cities.”
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer