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Monday, August 11, 2008

They Weren't Allowed To Win

A conflict that cost America 200,700 casualties ended when the last US ground unit pulled from Vietnam on this day in 1972. The number of casualties would continue to climb as American servicemen rotted in so called "POW" camps.

The Vietnam war should have been a quick victory for the US. I believe it was right for us to be there because we were combating an evil that had the potential of eventually harming us (communism). The US leadership was extremely treacherous during the whole affair, men like Lydon Johnson, Dean Rusk, and Henry McNamara. The war could have been over quickly if those men had allowed it. Instead they chose to draw it out, even setting lines over which our men could not attack! For instance, if a Viet Cong convoy was traveling, down a military road, and they pulled 25 feet off of the road, American bombers could not attack them.

When the troops returned, they were met with a storm of ridicule and disrespect. Because they fought so hard and under such difficult situations, I have come to respect Vietnam vets more than veterans of any other war. I guess it's because the Vietnam vets coming home, in a way, was so much like the Confederate veterans after the War for Southern Independence.They had fought so hard, but had come up short.

May we always remember those who sacrificed for our freedom even though it wasn't fun.

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2 Comments:

Blogger mommyofmany said...

My dad is a Vietnam Vet. Does he have stories to tell! Even today he still struggles with the differences in how veterans of different wars are perceived. It was/is a painful experience for many who fought in Vietnam.

August 11, 2008 at 10:43 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Wow! I did not know your dad was in Vietnam!

Good point about the way Vietnam veterans are perceived differently. It seems that about the time of WWII it became cool to be in the US army. It definitely was not cool to be in the army during Vietnam! Despite that, men like Roy Moore, who went through that, have such an incredible witness for Christ.

August 12, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

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