The title to this piece is meant as a tip of the hat to [Good Morning, Vietnam]. Yeah, it is confusing to me, as well.
Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be confusing to anyone that Afghanistan has become Vietnam all over again for us. For the vicious cycle of secure--withdraw--re-secure of territory keeps being repeated at great cost to both lives and funds.
I suppose I still have some blind patriotism left in me. For I do not consider Vietnam as being a lost war, but it sure was a humiliating mistake. For after all of the napalm and agent orange had cleared from the air, even someone as conservatively cross-eyed as I used to be could see that many in the south had been playing one side against the other, and that the North Vietnamese weren’t about to take their marching orders from the Soviet Union—let alone communist China.
Hence, another Vietnam all over again in Afghanistan thing. For President Karzai has been screaming for us to get out of his country in an effort to appease the Taliban, and since we can’t just kill them all, it is time to leave before the getting’ gets worse.
Sorry, some of “me” came out in that last part. For I know that it would not be good for us to kill everyone in the region without caring about who was what, but the longer we leave our troops there as target practice for the enemy, who may have been considered friends just the day before, the more we will be hearing about massacres of innocents by the hands of those who were once innocent themselves.
Oh, and brace yourself for what will happen if SSgt. Bales is not quickly (we are talking about in less than a month here) sentenced to death, which would be a great tragedy in and of itself—regardless of how long it takes. For there is not a doubt in my mind that he was not at all in control of his actions, but try telling that to a Afghanistan tribesman, who has grew up with blood for blood being a given.
No, I don’t think we will have to wait for a verdict. For spiriting Bales out of the country is another decision that the ones who ran the show in Vietnam could appreciate.
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