Bill Maher made some sense the other day. To paraphrase, he said that the Vietnam War was about fighting communism from afar because America was not willing to fight it at home.
I agree to a point. Communism needed to be fought in Southeast Asia due to the whole “domino effect”.. But Maher is correct in stating that America was unwilling to fight communism at home. Why?
America had just gone through a difficult time. Senator McCarthy had just been shamed for telling the truth about communism in our government and our military. He was ruined, both politically and personally. (That is what commies do.) The House Un-American Activities Committee identified hundreds of communists in our entertainment industry. Those commies were turned into martyrs by the left. (That is what commies do.)
America had just said that Sen. McCarthy was wrong. America had just said that the House Un-American Activities Committee was wrong. America had said that communism was not a threat. America was wrong. America is still wrong.
America entered the Vietnam War for the right reasons. But America should have first fought the enemy at home. Why?
BECAUSE, it was communists in the United States who defeated America in the Vietnam War. It was communists in America who led the anti-war movement. They undermined the effort and abetted the enemy. They strengthened the resolve of Ho Chi Minh to continue what otherwise would have been a failed effort by North Vietnam.
Abbie Hoffman, David Horowitz and all of President Obama’s best friends: THEY were the enemy at home. They supported Hanoi. They prolonged the war. There actions led to the needless deaths of thousands of Americans and Vietnamese.
Vietnam was the right war at the right time. Except that the leaders of this country and the people of this country succumbed to communist propaganda from within.
Even so, the war helped to weaken the USSR and its hold on Eastern Europe. Good came from the war. But more good would have resulted had we first fought communism right here in our own country.