Bush In Vietnam – The Irony Is Too Much

Posted by – November 19, 2006

Bush In Vietnam – The Irony Is Too Much

The Irony Is Just Incredible

In Vietnam, Bush cites lessons for Iraq, saying Vietnam war teaches us “we’ll succeed unless we quit.”
You realize you’re sitting under a giant statue of Ho Chi Minh, right? You’re citing a non-example example?

President Bush is in Vietnam saying the lesson of ‘Nam is “we’ll succeed unless we quit”??? While simultaneously hailing the communist government as a great success?!

If an author had penned this as fiction, he would be laughed out of his chair for something so unrealistic and bizarre.


Why can’t journalists even mention how insane and incoherent Bush’s “lessons learned” from Vietnam are?
Why is this not treated as a major gaffe?

What the hell was he trying to convey? Why is he in Vietnam lauding them for their newfound love of capitalism if he thinks we never should have abandoned the Vietnam war and is saying “we succeed unless we quit?” Can he really have this level of cognitive dissonance?

I don’t understand why he doesn’t realize we lost Iraq for the same reason we lost Vietnam: we didn’t have the troops to hold territory nor prop up a regime the indigenous population didn’t want. If the population doesn’t want it, we can’t make it happen. But yeah Mr. President, if we just send our boys into the quicksand for another decade or two, the Sunnis fighting for the return of the Caliphate and the Shias fighting for the Islamic Revolution will begin to just lurrv representative democracy, right?

And does it bother anyone else that our leadership is now in bed with China and Vietnam, the new capitalist utopias where most of the stuff we buy is made using slavery, child laborers and exploitation in sweatshops?
And if China and Vietnam have now fused the totalitarianism of Chairman Mao with unfettered corporatism, how is that not fascism?

I don’t know whether to cry or to LMAO.


  • RoseCovered Glasses

    You make many good points in your article. I would like to supplement them with some information:

    I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

    If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting at my blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armements”

    The Pentagon is a giant,incredibly complex establishment,budgeted in excess of $500B per year. The Rumsfelds, the Adminisitrations and the Congressmen come and go but the real machinery of policy and procurement keeps grinding away, presenting the politicos who arrive with detail and alternatives slanted to perpetuate itself.

    How can any newcomer, be he a President, a Congressman or even the Sec. Def. to be – Mr. Gates- understand such complexity, particulary if heretofore he has not had the clearance to get the full details?

    Answer- he can’t. Therefor he accepts the alternatives provided by the career establishment that never goes away and he hopes he makes the right choices. Or he is influenced by a lobbyist or two representing companies in his district or special interest groups.

    From a practical standpoint, policy and war decisions are made far below the levels of the talking heads who take the heat or the credit for the results.

    This situation is unfortunate but it is ablsolute fact. Take it from one who has been to war and worked in the establishment.

    This giant policy making and war machine will eventually come apart and have to be put back together to operate smaller, leaner and on less fuel. But that won’t happen unitil it hits a brick wall at high speed.

    We will then have to run a Volkswagon instead of a Caddy and get along somehow. We better start practicing now and get off our high horse. Our golden aura in the world is beginning to dull from arrogance.