Walter Cronkite and Robert McNamara, signs of Obama's two Vietnams.
WHAT WE LEARN FROM THE EXCERPS OF ROBERT GATE'S BOOK "DUTY"
(and no surprise to many of us) is that Barack Obama is undoubtedly the most politically driven and ideologically left president in American history-making self-serving and ideological political decisions on matters of war and peace with little or no regard for the lives of our troops, or for the peace and stability of the Middle East..a region vital to our geo-political interests that's on the verge of full-blown sectarian war. Not even LBJ in the worst political decisions he made while micromanaging the Vietnam War was as dangerously self-serving, ideological and irresponsible as is Obama-who surged our troops in Afghanistan (a war he hated and wanted out of) for no other reason than to appear tough on foreign and military policy. Sadly, since the start of the Afghan surge 1500 troops have died so that Obama could look like a competent war leader, head off criticism that he lied about Afghanistan being the good and necessary war, and win reelection.
Indeed, Obama is Herbert Hoover + LBJ x Jimmy Carter squared. And both Iraq and Afghanistan will go down in history as his two Vietnams.
OBAMA, JFK AND THE START OF THE VIETNAM WAR
Barack Obama (our first 1960s born president) was born on August 4, 1961 exactly 69 days before the fatal day of December 11, 1961 which marked the beginning of US military involvement in Vietnam. For on that day President Kennedy sent a shipment of military helicopters to Saigon along with the crews to fly them into combat for the South Vietnamese in their war with the North (see).
Oddly and perhaps significantly on that very day John F. Kerry (a disgraceful, traitorous anti-war Vietnam vet) celebrated his 18th birthday (Kerry was born 12-11-1942). Is it accidental or providential that Kerry is Secretary of State when Iraq and Afghanistan are turning into two Vietnams*? Better still is it accidental or providential that this is happening when for the first time in our history both the Secretaries of State and Defense (Chuck Hagal) are Vietnam vets?
NOTE: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started when Colin Powell was Secretary of State-the first Vietnam vet to hold that office. Powell is now a strong supporter of Obama. Strangely Powell was born April 5, 1937 23 days before Saddam Hussein's birth (born 28 April 1937). It was Powell who famously warned George Bush about military intervention in Iraq: "If you break it you own it."
THE DEATHS OF WALTER CRONKITE AND ROBERT MCNAMARA
In July 2009 Walter Cronkite and Robert McNamara (both born in 1916) ominously died 11 days apart (see below). As JFK's and LBJ's Secretary of Defense McNamara is known to history as "the architect of America's failed Vietnam policies;" and it was Cronkite who single-handedly turned the Tet Offensive (a crushing defeat for the Vietcong and North Vietnamese) into a huge, resounding psychological and propaganda victory for Hanoi-pouring fuel on the fire of the anti-war movement. Tet was the turning point of the Vietnam War turning victory to defeat for the US as our country lost the peace after our retreat in 1973.
The deaths of Cronkite and McNamara just six months into Obama's presidency were perhaps the first of many signs of coming disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan; and that both wars would become Obama's two Vietnams. Below is an article I published on Townhall shortly after the deaths of these two men.
VIETNAM, IRAQ, THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE DEATHS OF CRONKITE AND MCNAMARA
Published 7-18-09 On Townhall.com
Walter Cronkite and Robert McNamara were major factors in our humiliating defeat in Vietnam, the only war America lost*. As JFK’s and Lyndon Johnson’s very powerful but blundering Secretary of Defense McNamara was the key architect for losing the Vietnam War to our Communist foes. And as the country’s leading network anchorman (the most trusted man in American liberal politics) Walter Cronkite’s opposition to the war and pessimistic reports from Vietnam were key to fanning the flames of the anti-war movement and turning millions of Americans against LBJ's incompetent wartime leadership. Indeed, to this day Cronkite is honored in Vietnam with pictures hanging in the Vietnam War Museum; honored as the man who renewed the hope and spirit of the Communist enemy at a desperate hour when the NVA** and Vietcong were down on their knees and faced with defeat due to the failed, disastrous Tet Offensive***.
*We never lost a battle in Vietnam and Nixon bombed the North Vietnamese to the negotiating table where they signed an agreement with us for ending the war-this was contrary to Ho Chi Minh's prediction that we would give up the fight and leave Vietnam in disgrace. What we lost was the peace when in 1975 the Democratic Congress pulled the plug on our allies in the South.
**North Vietnam Army
***The North failed to achieve any of its military objectives in the offensive but scored a huge propaganda and psychological victory due largely to Cronkite and the demoralizing reporting and the “make love not war” anti-American peace movement.
Indeed, the so-called “Cronkite Moment” on the Tet Offensive when defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory-when Cronkite, overcome by the carnage of the brutal offensive, declared that Tet was proof “that the war was unwinnable”-is regarded as the turning point of the war-the moment when Johnson lost Middle America, when American resolve to win was shattered, and a broken LBJ decided to withdraw from the 1968 presidential race.
Cronkite and McNamara both born in 1916* and dying 11 days apart at age 93 (with Cronkite celebrating his 93rd birthday on November 4th, the day of Obama’s election victory**) is, I believe, a terrible sign warning that a new Vietnam is on the horizon for America if we abandon Iraq like we did Vietnam; it is a sign that the Middle East is likely to explode with sectarian violence and terrible destruction, suffering the fate of South East Asia*** when American forces pulled out of Vietnam and left chaos and death behind. It’s likely to be ominous of things to come for our war in Afghanistan, and once US troops withdraw from Iraq leaving a power void in the region for our enemies to fill-setting the stage for a holocaust likely to exceed in its carnage the Iran-Iraq War and Cambodian killing fields****. Who knows (as unlikely as it seems) Obama might involve us in a new ground war in the Middle East. With a sixties-born leftist radical in the White House at war with American values, greatness, power and prestige (and projecting an image of cluelessness, weakness and drift) all catastrophes and upheavals are possible in the region.
*McNamara was born June 16, 1916; Cronkite was born November 4, 1916.
**Keep in mind that Obama was elected on the 29th anniversary of the Iranian Hostage Crisis when pro-Khomeini student radicals seized the US embassy in Tehran and held our diplomats for 444 humiliating days. His election on that day is a sign of coming failure and humiliation for America in the Middle East-keep in mind that Iran arms and funds the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hamas, Hezbollah, Assad of Syria and the Sadrists in Iraq.
***As McNamara served LBJ the Texan President who started the ground war in Vietnam, he ironically died on July 6th the 62nd birthday of George Bush the Texan President who ordered the ground invasion of Iraq (and Afghanistan). This gives us one of many Iraq/Vietnam pairings-the Kerry presidential campaign being the first-signaling that Iraq is likely to develop into another Vietnam.
****In August of 2007 Ahmadenijad warned that “when US forces leave Iraq and the Middle East Iran and its regional friends (Hezbollah, Syria, etc.,) will fill the vacuum.
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