Photo Credit: Fox News By Chris Stirewalt. It may come as some unwelcome news to the families of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in the Vietnam War that the whole thing was just a misunderstanding.
That was the impression President Obama gave on Thursday when he spoke to the press after his meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Sang brought Obama a copy of a letter sent to President Harry Truman from Ho Chi Minh in which the communist dictator spoke hopefully of cooperation with the United States.
Obama, striking a wistful tone, observed that it may have taken 67 years, but the United States and Vietnam were finally enjoying the relationship that Ho once wrote of. After all, Obama said, Ho had been “inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson.”
The message here was that if only we might have bridged our differences then – if only Ho and Truman could have done what Obama and Sang did this week, so much unpleasantness might have been avoided.
While Jefferson did get pretty fired up about “the blood of tyrants,” it’s hard to see how the Sage of Monticello inspired the murderous career of the Vietnamese dictator. Ho famously slaughtered his opponents, including the infamous butchery of peasant farmers who resisted his brutal taxation in the early days of Ho’s regime. Not particularly Jeffersonian.
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Why Obama’s Comments About Ho Were Moronic
By Silvio Canto, Jr. First, it is true that we have diplomatic relations with Vietnam. We are doing business with them. We may be allies in the region. Vietnam is obviously looking for foreigners to invest and use their cheap labor. Their current leadership would rather see more “Made in Vietnam” stuff at WalMart than any discussion of Ho’s ideas!
Second, every despot in the world, including Castro in Cuba and Chavez in Venezuela, has quoted George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. They do it to enhance their arguments while they practice the exact opposite of what those wonderful men stood for.
Third, and most important, doesn’t President Obama understand that 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam?
And millions living served there? Some are disabled veterans! Some still live with the memory of watching their buddy killed in action.
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