Saturday, November 13, 2004

A 21st century look back at a 20th century war

Jane has written of the new perspective that she - and hopefully many Americans - has found regarding the Vietnam war and the events surrounding it. Anything more that I say about it will only delay you from reading it, which you should do.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

An excellent article. We won the Tet Offensive and had it not been for Bobby McNamara ordering us to hold our positins we would have chased Gen Giap's 16 Armies all the way to Hanoi and killed 4,000,000 of 'em. Cronkite was an early Dan Rther - he lied. I know because in 1968 I was in Hue.
Rod Stanton
A Frst Batn Fifth Marines Nam 1967+1968

9:08 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Not just an early Rather, Rather was his protoge. The fact that their view has shaped this country's perspective of the war and the men who fought it is grounds enough to dismanlte our media to me. In fact, it's one of a number of reasons I so embraced the blogsphere.

Rather will never again broadcast a "Wall Within" unchallenged; thousands of men like you have a voice that can't be ignored anymore; trash from the likes of VVAW and their Winter Soldier, and Hollywood will not be able to define public understanding again. More and more of the media's mismanagement of our fifth estate is becoming clear these days, and I only hope that the muck stirred up by Kerry's candidacy doesn't settle back to the bottom just yet. At least not until that perception takes a few more body blows, and academia feels teeth on its neck too.

I was born a year after your last year in Vietnam. I know what we were taught about you and the job you did, and thanks to Kerry's candidacy I now have a much better idea where it came from. And I'm pissed. I'm not only pissed, but appalled that he could get 49% of this country's vote. In my book that means there's still work to do.

9:45 PM  
Blogger andy said...

Nice article, Jane.

I can't stop thinking, and seeing that the "anti-military" group is starting to rear its ugly little head again.

I'm taking a night class at the University of Maryland and I'm seeing a lot of flyers about the University saying "stop killing the innocent", "stop the murderous occupation", etc. I hate to say it, but it's only a matter of time before the left goes REALLY bonkers on this....unfortunally again. Now that the election is over and they don't have to pretend to be supporting the military, I'm afraid they will not.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

I don't disagree. I think that an alarming portion of the left slid into a shared cognitive disonnance. They're not coming back any time soon, but they may separate from reality enough that eventually no one will be able to take them seriously. Until then, we'll have to put up with them warning Vienna that there's a sausage shortage, so they might get invaded.

3:36 AM  

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