Monday, June 27, 2005

Lessons from Vietnam - The Ripple Today

Something profound has happened in this country, as a result of the changes caused by the Vietnam War. I do know there was more support for the War than the HBM would have you realize, as I was present of a speech at the Naval War College in 1988, where the speaker proved, using notable polls, that the people were behind the war, and college educated people had some of the highest percentages. The analysis tracked the polls, such as Gallup, over about the last decade of Vietnam, and will things went down, noticably after the Spring 1968 Tet Offensive, the majority was always supposrtive of the war, except one group...Congress. The enemy had there ear then, as it has grabbed in now. For all the educational background and life experience of those who go to represent our personal, local and National interests, they are the ones I see that didn't get it then, and don't get it now. Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results... On the other hand, those of the American population, with out all the connections and campaigning, and education, it appears they "get it" and in an amazing way. Marine Corps Mom shares an email on her blog from Capt Steve Alverez, USA. If you're prone to getting teary eyed, grab your kleenex, if not, you just might be a little, for this man tells us how he has been supported, and it is nothing like the "support" our fathers received when they came home from Vietnam. It will give you hope and a warm feeling, knowing "we" care for our troops....

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