On days like today…
I reflect on that cold day in March when I first saw the Vietnam Veteran’s War Memorial. I had business in Northern Virginia and there had been a break in the action, so I boarded the Metro and rode it into DC. I didn’t know precisely where the memorial had been sited and I came up from the south (sort of the wrong direction) and it had snowed. I walked through about 3″ of snow wearing dress shoes, my suit, and an overcoat. I encountered the statue of the three soldiers first, as best I can recall. It was a long time ago.
The walkway that surrounds them today was covered by snow and there was no chain barrier. Then I saw the wall and the names. So many names. Almost endless names.
There were also other names involved in the conflict…enemy names, that didn’t make it into the mix. I realize that it’s politically incorrect to mention them on Memorial Day.
The Gulf of Tonkin incident, was a complex naval event in the Gulf of Tonkin, off the coast of Vietnam, that was presented to the U.S. Congress on August 5, 1964, as two unprovoked attacks by North Vietnamese torpedo boats on the destroyers Maddox and Turner Joy of the U.S. Seventh Fleet and that led to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed President Lyndon B. Johnson to greatly escalate U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
Today we know that there was no attack on US Naval ships on the night of July 30-31, 1964. It was a lie. And that lie was used as a predicate to expand the war.
What would those men and women who laid it all on the alter think if they’d known that? All those names.
And what would the families of those men and women who died? What would they say if they’d known THEN?
It does not diminish the sacrifice or the honor that we do them in the slightest, but it should give us pause when we somewhat blindly trust the government.
The Iraq War began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by the United States-led coalition which overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein. The Bush administration based its rationale for the Iraq War on the claim that Iraq had a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program, and that Iraq posed a threat to the United States and its allies.
Some U.S. officials falsely accused Saddam of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda. In 2004, the 9/11 Commission said there was no evidence of an operational relationship between the Saddam Hussein regime and al-Qaeda.
No stockpiles of WMDs or an active WMD program were ever found in Iraq. Bush administration officials made numerous claims about a purported Saddam–al-Qaeda relationship and WMDs that were based on sketchy evidence, and which intelligence officials rejected.
Up to 1,033,000 Iraqis were killed during the first five years of the war.
I’m not saying that Saddam Hussein was a good man, but I can’t say that Jo/Ho, or China’s President Xi (the Biden Family paymaster) are good either. The point of the war was based on a pretext that people in the know at the time believed to be a lie.
There is often a disconnect between the loyalty, courage, and bravery of soldiers, sailors, and marines and those who sit at the National Command Authority level. It shouldn’t detract from this Memorial Day, but in my mind, it does.
The War to End All Wars
General Weygand, Admiral Wemyss and Marshall Foch after signing the armistice with Germany to mark the end of World War One. They were proud of themselves, full of hubris for humiliating Germany – sewing the seeds of the next World War.