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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Charlie McNamee

The horror of the Vietnam War saw many tragedies and sins committed for which
we all carry the guilt. The assassination of Diem was an evil act carried out
by a wrongly informed President through the advice given by aides who failed
to see the forest because of the trees.

In 1943, the U.S. was committed to assisting nations allied with us against
the Japanese and Axis forces to gain their independence from foreign colonial
domination. Vietnam was one of those nations to whom we promised aid in helping
them to become free from French rule. Unfortunately, FDR and eventually HST
succumbed to French desires to regain their economic health through the advice
of the State Department wishes to go full out with the Marshall Plan.

Thus the Vietminh, under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh, were forced
to go to the Soviet Union for help even though Ho wanted an American style
government to exist in a free Vietnam. The US supported the French with financial
and military assistance for the duration of the First French-Vietnam War which lasted
from 1945-1954 when the French surrendered at Dien Bien Phu. We then took up efforts
to split Vietnam in two parts and refused free elections until we could be assured of a
USA supported puppet government in the South. When the situation began to look like a
losing cause, we blamed the puppets and this led to the assasssination of Diem.

58,000 American soldiers' deaths later, and untold millions of Vietnamese lives lost or
damaged irreparably, we yielded to the "North" and left Vietnam no wiser. Today, Vietnam
is close to being our Ally as Ho Chi Minh originally desired.

Please read "America's Albatross" by Archimedes Patti, a book that was prevented from being
published until PBS' documentary series, "Vietnam". This is a horrible chapter of US history
that unfortunately is and has been repeated by fools who fail to learn from history.


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