Thursday, December 18, 2008
An Open and Shut Dead-End to Nowhere
O'Reilly always loves to bring up the fact that, once the war in Vietnam was over/American troops left that country for good, millions of people in that section of the world (Cambodia, southern Vietnam, especially) were slaughtered, forced to flee, etc.. America is a noble nation that tries to do noble things, he goes on to argue - one of which was to deliver freedom to South Vietnam. It was they, the Vietnamese government/people, who screwed it up, ultimately. This appears to be his basic thrust.........................................................Typical O'Reilly, in other words. This, I'm saying, in that whatever you happen to think of Bill's analysis here, his views on America's motivation, whether or not Vietnam was in fact a just war, etc., once again you sense a reticence to dig a little deeper. For instance, what, prey tell, is O'Reilly thinking here - that we SHOULDN'T have left Vietnam? I mean, certainly, Pol Pot and Ho Chi Minh were despicable humans (the former, especially) and all but, what, we stay inside the quagmire indefinitely....just so we can delay what was going to happen inevitably? Oh, and, yes, let's not forget, we'd continue to lose hundreds and hundreds of our own guys EVERY MONTH - again, indefinitely. Yes, Mr. O'Reilly, what happened was a tragedy and the people who were responsible for it were thugs. But so, too, was the Vietnam War an unwinnable war/idiotic enterprise. Perhaps it would be advisable for you, especially, to occasionally come to this conclusion as well.