We DID win in Vietnam. We left in 1972. When we left, the Viet Cong, the South Vietnamese Communist insurgency was essentially gone and there was a truce with N. Vietnam. Three years later, in 1975, N. Vietnam invaded S. Vietnam with their army. A conventional army. An invasion conducted in the classical fashion with more tanks than Hitler had when he invaded Russia in 1941. Because we were no longer funding the S. Vietnamese and refused to live up to our promise to provide military aid and support if the N. Vietnamese did cross the border, they were unable to mount an effective defense and the country fell.
No national security interest? I guess that was true on 9/11, huh? What harm could a bunch of religious fanatics do to us across the ocean? You sound like the Washington throughout the 90s. Foolish. Be thankful others do the thinking for you.
The U.N. has just voted for implementing a no-fly zone in Libya.
I use a lot of satire and sarcasm so keep that in mind when reading my posts.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Your so-called "disease of the human spirit" is most accurately applied to the fundamentalist Islamists. The ever-warring Shia and Sunni factions at each others throats over Q'ran interpretation. So you would have us do what? Insert ourselves in those Middle East nations to show them the way by enabling discourse. By sending agronomists there to teach them. By sending teachers in to replace the madras schools. Give me a break. Your high-minded commentary provides no practical solutions. The indigenous peoples have to have the courage to rise up and however possible reject the notion of totalitarian religious states. We cannot pay the blood bounty to do that for them. This has been ongoing back into the Ottoman Empire and will continue until those very people reject it. So now we shall see, with all the current turmoil, whether regimes that fall are replaced by a worse fate, the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and equivalent interests or a secular uprising of the people to take the first step towards some form of democratization. We have no business inserting ourselves in the middle.Originally Posted by MSgt
We face a disease of the human spirit. This disease is affecting the entire Western world. Bin Laden is merely a symptom. Focusing on Bin Laden is a simpleton's chore. Without Bin Laden, there are thousands of others who are bred to hate and to murder in the name of Islam.
"Ignorance confuses. Knowledge mediates. Truth resolves." (doctorhugo)