Monday, October 9, 2006

Same bunch, same result

No wonder I have such a sense of deja vu. The most disturbing revelation in Bob Woodward's book, State of Denial, is that the Bush administration is in regular contact with Henry Kissinger. According to Woodward, Old Henry consults with Cheney frequently. Its like the song, "The Boy are Back in Town". Turns out it is the same old crowd that brought us Vietnam. They have been nursing a malignant tumor of resentment all these years in the belief that the only thing wrong with Vietnam was that America lost its will and gave up.

My God, for those of you not old enough to remember, we gave them 10 years and over 50,000 lives! And it is not like we were right on the verge of winning in Vietnam when the people finally called a halt. We were losing, just as we are losing in Iraq now. If anything, we stuck with our leaders way longer than we should have. And it was bi-partisan. We hung in with Democrat presidents and Republican presidents and when neither of them could show us progress, but only body bags, we finally said, "no more."

But now Kissinger, Cheney, Rumsfield, et al. are back. Via the ever-manipulatable George Bush, they finally got their opportunity for a re-do. We are fighting in Iraq but we are supposed to be proving a point about Vietnam. This has been a right-wing mantra about Vietnam for as long as I can remember. If only the American people had been willing to tolerate a few more thousand dead soldiers, a few more sieges of carpet-bombing, a few more sorties into Cambodia and Laos, a few more canisters of burning death called napalm, a few more forests defoliated by Agent Orange, we would have won in Vietnam. If only the American people hadn't turned gutless and lost their stomach for the war.

I truly cannot believe my country has bought into this same disastrous policy brought to us compliments of the same egotistical power-mongers that did it to us before. You would have thought handing over one generation of young Americans to use as pawns in their murderous theories of geo-political chess would have been enough. But no, now they ask for the sons and daughters of those earlier soldiers and obediently, we order our children off to war. A war which we are now losing, just as we lost the one before.

Lost, not because our military wasn't up to the task, but that what was asked of them was not possible, because their leaders weren't up to their task. They weren't then and they aren't now. Thank God, they are all old now - Cheney and Kissinger and Rumsfield - too old to ever do it again. I'm sure they'll totter off to the Rest Home for the Extremely Well-Off still crying that the American people just don't have the fortitude to win a war. They will never admit they screwed up - twice.

And the worst thing about all this is that George W. Bush had a whole other group of wise old men he could have called on, one of them being his father. As well as Jim Baker and Bret Scowcroft and others who would have saved him from himself. But he wanted to prove that he could do it better than Daddy so he brought back the Nixon cabal and here we are again.