I want to comment on the Perry Smith column “Shallow ‘Vietnam War’ series showed one-sided perspective,” on Nov 5.
I lived during the Vietnam War. I worked at Fort Gordon and watched young men being sent to Vietnam. I did not believe we needed to be in that war.
I thought the PBS series gave a good account of the political shenanigans that went on, keeping us in a war in which we did not belong. They knew we could not win the war and yet they kept sending our young men and women to die in an unwinnable war.
The purpose of war is to win. If you are pouring money, supplies, and troops for years and know you cannot win, why are you there? Who gave the politicians the right to play God?
We are doing the same thing in the Middle East. Also, why are the citizens of the Middle Eastern countries pouring out of their homes to go to other countries? Why don’t they stay and fight for their country?
And, of course, why are we spending money to support all these immigrants when we need that money for our own U.S. needs?
If we are going to stay until we “win,” then send the immigrants back. Let them rebuild their own countries. Don’t they have pride enough in what they left behind to go back and rebuild?
No, they want to live someplace that will offer them free room and board, jobs, etc. We are not the police for the entire world.
Lucy Dianne Sharp