One year after I was born in 1954 the first American military advisers went to Vietnam in 1955. Basically, an elecion was interfered with by a disapproving party to the most favored candidate by the polled populace. Were the people of Vietnam denied their right to vote for what they wanted? It happened again 65 years later in 2020, but by the other party.
From this point, one can follow any Vietnam history available. It was America’s most unpopular war and public pressure to withdraw eventually won out. It didn’t take very long after most troop withdrawal was complete that Saigon fell in 1975. At the time, I was a Radio Telecommunications Operator in the U.S. Navy stationed at NAVCOMSTA Yokosuka, Japan on the link between COMSEVENTHFLT on the USS Oklahoma City homeported in Yokosuka and CINCPAC Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This was before satellite communications. My ship to shore and shore to shore teletypes ran non-stop for over 24 hours with all flash classified traffic. Thousands were left behind including American fathered Vietnamese children. From 1955 to 1975 was 1 JST or 20 years. (See Cosmic Clockworks I in the main menu.)
Fast forward to 2001. We all know what happened. America went to war, but instead of just wiping out the enemy, the USA had to nation build just as it attempted to do in Vietnam. Only difference this time is we had an all-volunteer military. The draft was ended after Vietnam and patriotism toward our military was restored. We began in 2001 and 1 JST latter, Kubal, Afghanistan is about to see the same fate as Saigon, Vietnam.
Inbetween 1975 and 2001, Russia gave Afghanistan a shot. American and the world called it “Russia’s Vietnam”. They were there only 10 years. Think that maybe Russia was twice as smart as America and decided to get out in half the time?
Well, here we are today and America will be out by end of August. Doesn’t look none to good for all the people that helped the U.S. and put their hopes in America. I fear that many will suffer the same conquences that many Vietnamese suffered after Saigon fell. 18,000 applications to get out are waiting to be processed as of 7/8/21 and more are being requested. Government red tape hasn’t changed much in the last 20 years.
Russia, China and Taliban are already talking trash. The aftermath retoric has begun. The people of Afganistan will still continue to suffer at the hands of oppressive others. Their American trained and equiped army is of similar circumstance and character to South Vietnam’s in that their army was inflatrated by the enemy and not all that dedicated to their liberty.
Three days later?
China thinking third time will be a charm.
How many wars….. When will they ever learn…when will they eeever learn?
KJV(i)4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
Update 8/22/21: >
Twice in a lifetime for that bozo too!