Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This day in history, politicians lost an American war
April 30, 1975....the day the last marine was evacuated from the rooftop of the American embassy in what was called Saigon, VN., now Ho Chi Minh City. They had to leave by rooftop because the communist north Vietnamese tanks were rolling into the city and our escape route was closed.
Because of political cowardice and incompetence in Washington, 57,000 Americans lost their lives over there, and for what? Similar idiocy rules in DC today as we flounder in Iraq and Afghanistan. When career-minded Pentagon bureaucrats dictate the rules of engagement from a distance and tactical military decisions are approved by feckless politicians over cocktails in some bar in Georgetown, you can do lots of things on the battlefield, but win a war isn't one of them.