When is this nation going to realize that we have a group of traitors, Benedict Arnolds, Quislings, or Copperheads as they were called in the Civil War, in the guise of the Democratic Party? During the Civil War they made up only a portion of the Democratic Party but since the early 1970's they are the Democratic Party. It feels like Deja Vu watching as the Democrats stand by while our enemies take over a country where we left behind so much blood and treasure. There are valid arguments as to whether or not we should have ever fought in Vietnam or Iraq but in both cases good or bad we chose to fight. In Vietnam Nixon gradually fulfilled his promise to end American involvement in that war, which he did on January January 27, 1973. In March 1972, the North Vietnamese launched their Eastertide offensive. There were only 75,000 American troops and two Army combat brigades left in country at that time from a high of 500,000 in 1968. The American Army destroyed the Viet Cong as a fighting force in the 1968 Tet Offensive although the media had characterized it as a defeat. Vo Nguyen Giap had hoped that the South Vietnamese people would rise up and join the Viet Cong but a popular uprising never materialized. In 1972 South Vietnamese ground forces combined with American air support destroyed the North Vietnamese offensive. Nixon assured the skeptical South Vietnamese, during the negotiations to end the war, that America would not allow the North Vietnamese to take over South Vietnam. A provision of the Paris Peace Accords was that America would re-enter the war if North Vietnam violated the treaty. We would provide air support to the South Vietnamese. In 1975, taking advantage of Nixon's removal as a result of the Watergate Scandal, the North Vietnamese launched an all out offensive in violation of the treaty.
The Democratic Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act in December 1974 ending any funding for further military assistance of South Vietnam. Between this bill and the effects of the Watergate Scandal the Democrats insured the victory of North Vietnamese forces. The war in Iraq began on March 20, 2003 and American troops were officially withdrawn in December 2011. Although Iraq was controversial and we encountered more resistance than anticipated in the end our efforts had been successful in my view. In spite of Democratic resistance to the war from the get go. I felt at the time that Obama was making a mistake pulling out all American troops from Iraq. We should have kept several bases as staging areas in the event that insurgents were able to gain a foothold like they are at the present. America, I believe, should provide Iraqi forces the air support necessary to defeat these terrorists. In my view we do not have to involve ourselves to the extent we have done in the past any more than we would have in Vietnam We owe that to the 4,804 dead American men and women who lost their lives in the nine years of fighting in Iraq, and the thousands more who were maimed and wounded. Just like we should have avoided defeat in Vietnam for the 58,209 men and women who died there over twenty years of fighting. Why do we fight wars if all we are going to do is stand back and allow the enemy walk in and nullify the efforts our military? What young man or woman in their right mind would ever want to risk their life for a country like ours in the future? What country or ally can ever depend on the United States of America?