I just watched the LBJ Presidency on PBS/AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and I am struck by the similarities between the years 1968 & 2008.
1968 was also an Election year and the US had a lame duck President from Texas in the White House who was emptying the coffers of the US Treasury in order to fight an unpopular, unwinnable, War in a foreign land.
Even back then, the Generals of the most powerful nation on Earth did not have a plan or any idea how to win a War against an enemy who, "refused to come out and fight".
The Pentagon strategists realised in '68 that the US could have Nuked the North Vietnamese back into the Stone Age and America would have still lost.
The Viet Cong knew that the US would have to leave one day.
1968 was a political watershed year and will always be remembered as the year that Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. In '68 the Viet Cong stormed into South Viet Nam during the infamous TET Offensive and dispelled any notion that the War was under control while race riots continued to light up the night skies of American cities.
Richard Nixon was the Republican Candidate who promised to win the War and restore Law & Order and squeaked by with 43.4% of the vote vs. the 42.7% for Democrat Hubert Humphrey.
The Governor of Alabama and redneck-racist-son-of-a-bitch George Wallace was a third party candidate who actually won FIVE Southern States! Wallace got 9 million votes, that's 14% of the popular vote! Forty years ago..just two generations.
Now in 2008 a captivating, young, Black, Senator is poised to win the White House and America may get another chance to focus on their own domestic issues instead of trying to fight unwinnable wars in foreign countries.
On the program Martin Luther King Jr. is seen delivering a speech in which he states that "it cost the US Government over $300,000 to kill one Viet Cong soldier.. and they spent about $52 per US Citizen to fight the War On Poverty."
The recent Market implosion and subsequent Government rescue of the Financial Terrorists was bad enough, but don't forget about the other War...
which we don't seem to hear much about anymore?
Iraq War Cost
Iraq War Cost