Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Vietnam, Iraq, and our Foolish Empire
The outcome will be the same. I just hope we get out sooner than later.
To all the veterans of America's many misguided and troubled wars, I salute you, and I pity you for suffering the brunt of the worst policy disasters in American history. You (and your Iraqi brothers) suffer death, maiming, and despair because the richest people in our country think they are emperors of the earth and speak to God himself. The rest of us still have a less burdensome, but still atrocious cross to bear.
"The United States also paid a high political cost for the Vietnam War. It weakened public faith in government, and in the honesty and competence of its leaders. Indeed, skepticism, if not cynicism, and a high degree of suspicion of and distrust toward authority of all kind characterized the views of an increasing number of Americans in the wake of the war."