Originally created 11/26/05

War dissent: History repeats itself

The "attacks" on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin on Aug. 4, 1964, propelled the United States into the Vietnam War.

Historians now generally agree there was no attack, and that then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and President Lyndon Johnson used the report as an excuse to escalate the war. Democrats controlled Congress and the White House, and quelled any investigation or dissent.

It later became President Richard Nixon's war, and Democrats walked away from the responsibility for what they had dishonestly started! Along with the national news media, (especially Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite), they worked to destroy public support with a drumbeat of negativism, just as they are now doing with our operations in Iraq.

The Democrat-led Congress placed obstacles in the way of our war effort by placing restrictions on our troops and giving sanctuary to the enemy in Cambodia, etc. We could not overcome the impediments imposed by our own Congress. They prolonged the war, cost lives and eventually caused our defeat. The actions of Democrats today closely parallel the actions of Democrats then. Their goal then, as now, was to destroy a president. They will do anything necessary to destroy George W. Bush.

This all brings up memories long buried, but still painful to many of us, and I personally would prefer not to have to revisit the turbulent decades of the 1960s and '70s. The Democrats' playbook is the same, however, and even some of the same players - such as Sens. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry, D-Mass. - are still pulling the strings.

After years in the war or in support of it, I thought it had been laid to rest, but they are trying to repeat history and it is all too familiar. Dj vu!

Robert Smock, Hephzibah


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