we should never have been in Vietnam. In WWII, after the Japanese invade Vietnam, we approached Uncle Ho (who was waging a fight for independence from the French colonial power) We told him that if he helped up fight the Japanese, we would give Vietnam its independence and we would arm him to fight the Japanese.<quoted text>
We can agree to disagree about the military draft, a disaster that ripped the country apart during the Vietnam era.
If we didn't learn from that, we never will.
After the war, we reneged on the deal.
BTW Uncle Ho was a great admirer of George Washington.
as for the Vietnam war draft, the only problem with it was that it was applied unevenly.
there were too many deferments (Cheney had 5 and most of the rest of the Bush II administration also avoided service) or other ways to get out of serving.....such as getting in the Texas Air National Guard.
Unlike WWII, where political ties and money didn't get you out of service.
Do you think we would have stayed in Vietnam as long as we did if the children of our elected officials had an equal chance of going over to fight as some poor kid?