Saigon syn­drome

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“Judg­ing by a lot of the rhetoric com­ing from the new Demo­cratic ma­jor­ity in Wash­ing­ton, Democrats are not just stuck in a pre-9/11 men­tal­ity; they’re stuck in a pre1980s men­tal­ity. It’s as if noth­ing has hap­pened in the world since the fall of Saigon. [. . .]

“Gen­er­als of­ten make the mis­take of fight­ing the last war. On Iraq, Democrats are do­ing ex­actly that. They just can­not get past Viet­nam. Some­one might want to re­mind them of two im­por­tant lessons of Viet­nam they seem to have forgotten: 1) In the ab­sence of U.S. troops, the Com­mu­nists’ slaugh­ter of in­no­cents con­tin­ued unchecked; 2) Our re­treat taught the world what the North Viet­namese al­ready knew: To de­feat the United States you don’t have to win a sin­gle bat­tle, you just have to kill enough Amer­i­cans to turn pub­lic opin­ion against the war.”

— Andrew Cline, writ­ing on “Still in Saigon,” Nov. 22 in the Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor On­line at www.spec­ta­tor.org

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