Just mentioning the name of Vietnam leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of millions of Americans. It’s the only war the US didn’t win. American casualties totaled 58,202 killed and 303,000 wounded. The majority of Americans killed and wounded in Vietnam were due to President Lyndon Johnson’s escalation of the war when he campaigned for the White House saying he was for peace. I still claim LBJ was guilty of war crimes against the American people for how he handled the Vietnam War.
Most of us know someone who died or was wounded in Vietnam. I personally know three people who were killed and several who were wounded. One of my high school classmates was drafted, sent to Vietnam and came home 5 months later without his right leg. Since Vietnam was considered a United Nations Peace Action, his unit was ordered not to fire upon the enemy until the enemy fired first. In his situation, the first shot from the enemy was a mortar shell that blew off his leg. The taste left in his mouth was more than bitter.
The Vietnam war drew more national protests and riots than any other military action ever. Millions of dollars of property, private and public were damaged or destroyed by the Vietnam War riots.
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When the US finally tucked its tail between its legs and vacated Vietnam in shame, the communist world laughed and mocked our inability to defeat them. I recall watching the news showing the last plane with Americans leaving Saigon as the North Vietnamese communists rolled into town and took over the nation of South Vietnam.
Once the US withdrew from Vietnam, Congress placed sanctions that included a ban on all sales of weaponry to the communist country. That ban has been in place for over 40 years.
However, Barack Obama, who has done more for the countries deemed enemies of the United States than he has done for our own nation. Over this past weekend, Obama met with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang where Obama announced that he was lifting the embargo against selling or providing weapons to communist Viet Nam.
Like so many other illegal things Obama has done, he doesn’t have the legal authority to lift the embargo since it was first established by an act of Congress, but that’s never stopped him from carrying out his dictatorial actions so far.
So why would we want to start arming a communist country that for years has considered the US an enemy? Our own State Department lists Vietnam as ‘an authoritarian state ruled by a single party.’
Obama claims he did it to show China that they cannot continue to grab other lands and nations in Southeast Asia, but is that really the real reason?
Consider Obama’s past of how he lifted the embargo Congress has placed on Iran. He freed up billions of frozen Iranian funds and opened the door for US companies. These concessions with Iran were all based upon Iran keeping their part of the treaty which everyone warned they wouldn’t keep. It was only months after Obama caved in to Iran that the Islamic nation began breaking the terms of the treaty, yet none of the lifted sanctions were reinstituted as they should have been.
Consider the fact that Obama violated the Constitution when he took it upon himself to free up millions of dollars and weapons to Egypt when the Muslim Brotherhood led the nation who held America as an enemy to be destroyed. Congress had frozen over $50 million of taxpayer money that was intended to go to Egypt. They also froze the sale of 20 of 20 F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks to the terrorist regime of the Muslim Brotherhood. Even after clear evidence was made public that Egypt’s top leaders were recorded saying that America and Israel were enemies that needed to be destroyed, Obama lifted the sanctions against Egypt and supplied them with our taxpayer money, fighter jets and tanks.
Consider the fact that there is clear evidence that Islamic terrorists have been crossing into the US via the wide open southern border and that ISIS has a training camp in Mexico within 8 miles of the US border. Yet, Obama has not taken any action to secure the border or to eliminate the direct threat against the US just south of the border.
The only real accomplishments Obama has done here at home is to force a socialist healthcare program on the American people which is illegal since it imposes taxes and only the House is allowed to introduce bills that generate taxes and the Affordable Care Act originated in the Senate. Obama has forced Americans to violate their Christian faith and embrace an abominable sinful lifestyle of homosexuality. He has weakened our military defenses and given sanctuary to nearly 20 million illegal aliens who get more free benefits than US citizens do and are now being allowed to illegally vote in several liberal states.
What I don’t understand is why so many Americans fail to see how our Dictator-in-Chief has been destroying America while helping our enemies. A few decades ago, such a leader would have been charged and convicted of high treason and other crimes against the US, the Constitution and the American people. As I’ve said many times, Obama belongs in prison for the rest of his sorry life.