Larry Kerschner Writes
I attended the
recent town hall meeting Rep. Brian Baird held in Longview.
He explained that he had changed his views about removing
after a recent
trip to the Middle East. I am reminded that during
the Thirties many
Americans went to the Soviet Union
returned after seeing the Potemkin village.
They touted the wonderful things that were happening for
When my turn
came to speak I told the Congressman that I remember when I was in
there were a number of Congressional junkets that came in country, sat
Saigon and protected firebases and then returned home expressing the
we only needed a little more time.
Another opinion heard at the time was that there was going
to be a huge
blood bath if we pulled out. We
out and while there was a hard time and even some killings the
bath did not happen.
Mr. Baird kept
saying we can win. I'm
not sure what win
means in a country where polls show an overwhelming majority of the
the U.S. Occupation to leave. General
David Petraeus is soon going to present a report to the country on the
of the recent surge of troops. I
predict what he is going to say.
Unlike many I
remember that in 1963 the top U.S.
commander in Vietnam,
Gen. Paul Harkins, reported that he could safely say that the end of
was in sight. Gen.
declared the U.S.
had completed the job of training the South Vietnamese Army. Within two years President
we could not win militarily without the use of nuclear weapons, was
cabinet that our objective was to convince the Viet Cong and the North
Vietnamese that they could not win.
was the justification for his surge of troops in Vietnam.
When I was in Vietnam
in November 1967 with 467,000 other surgees General Westmoreland said
point had been reached when the end of the war was in view. General Petraeus is going
to say just what
the Bush administration wants him to say.
Even though violence in some parts of Baghdad
have decreased to June 2006 levels
the number of innocent Iraqi civilians dying has not decreased.
mentality is that it can win in any situation despite any difficulties.
is defined as the use of force and violence against innocent people for
presumed political purpose. Collateral
damage is acceptable when you are doing something that is important. Of course that is what
Timothy McVeigh also
want to think that we
are somehow historically special. The Nazis who were hung at the end of
Second World War for the crime of invading a sovereign country that was
threat also thought they were a special people.
It is time to bring the troops home and begin
reparations to the Iraqi people.
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