L'histoire se répète... history repeats itself. For those who do not want to know their history. One man who sums it up very nicely is a certain Benjamin Duffy, editor at The Daily Collegian:
What happened on the ground in Vietnam didn't happen in a vacuum. The North Vietnamese were keenly aware of what was going on in the U.S., and they exploited it. Just ask Colonel Bui Tin, the NVA officer who received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam in 1975.
The colonel sat down for an interview with reporter Stephen Young in 1995. Young asked, "Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi's [North Vietnam's] victory?" Tin: "It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses."
Young asks, "What was the purpose of the 1968 Tet Offensive?" Tin replies, "To relieve the pressure Gen. Westmoreland was putting on us in late 1966 and 1967 and to weaken American resolve during a presidential election year."
"What about [Tet's] results?" asked Young. The colonel replied, "Our losses were staggering and a complete surprise; [Commanding General] Giap later told me that Tet had been a military defeat, though we had gained the planned political advantages when Johnson agreed to negotiate and did not run for re-election � If the American forces had not begun to withdraw under Nixon in 1969, they could have punished us severely."
Tin simply confirms basic intuition. The antiwar movement didn't shorten the Vietnam War by a single day. It made the war longer and bloodier, and it eventually resulted in our nation's first unequivocal military defeat. The movement didn't prevent a single name from being etched onto that black wall. To the contrary, our boys could have been home years earlier, and South Vietnam could be a free country today if the antiwar movement hadn't acted as Hanoi's useful idiots.
General Vo Nguyen Giap is the chap who started the 1972 Eastertide Offensive and whose troops suffered so enormously that he was sacked and replaced by his deputy Van Tien Dung. Yet in that same year, on July 18, Jane Fonda broadcast antiwar messages via Hanoi Radio. Hanoi Jane did more for the communist cause that year than the 100,000 dead of Giap's botched offensive.
It is the same today.
These colors should not run.