Oh. My. God. Thanks to the Facing South blog, which is the kick-ass voice of the progressive south, for publishing this quotation from 1969 of Richard Nixon explaining why the U.S. had to stay in Vietnam to serve the cause of global peace. The parallels to that conflict have been many ever since the begining, but now it’s starting to seem like Bush has copied the play verbatim!
Will we never learn?
My fellow Americans, I am sure you can recognize from what I have said that we really only have two choices open to us if we want to end this war.
I can order an immediate, precipitate withdrawal of all Americans from Vietnam without regard to the effects of that action.
Or we can persist in our search for a just peace through a negotiated settlement if possible, or through continued implementation of our plan for Vietnamization if necessary, a plan in which we will withdraw all our forces from Vietnam on a schedule in accordance with our program, as the South Vietnamese become strong enough to defend their own freedom.
I have chosen this second course. It is not the easy way. It is the right way.
It is a plan which will end the war and serve the cause of peace not just in Vietnam but in the Pacific and in the world.
– Facing South: Off topic: The “Vietnamization” phase