Purveyor of Truth
I was one of those youthful individual that knew instinctively that Vietnam was wrong. America had no business in Southeast Asia and President Lyndon Baines Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam conflict was among one of America's most unjustified foreign policy decisions. A decision that caused the death of innocent Southeast Asians as well as thousands of American lives were lost. Lost in a cause that never should have been.
Thinking back on those years; all the justified demonstrations against our involvement in Southeast Asia; the escalation under President Johnson, the graphic pictures and body bags coming home I cannot help but think LBJ should have been tried for war crimes. But LBJ is dead, as is President Richard Milhous Nixon. So we're left with Code Pink making a stink about wanting Henry Kissinger arrested for war crimes.
Of course progressive weblogs are actively blogging in support of the Code Pink demonstration (video and story below) and charging the former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State with war cries. Well, to my friends on the left side of reality, isn't it time to let Southeast Asia go? Kissinger is 91 years old, he is relic of the Cold War mentality, and he served his country. Let him leave this earth dealing with his conscience, just as other presidential advisors who served their president during times of war have done.
John McCain was right in defining the Code Pink fiasco as he did, outrageous, disgraceful, and despicable. Of course Senator McCain should have refrained from calling a Code Pink participant low life scum but a part of me understands why he said it.
Video and article from PJ Tatler below.
A Senate hearing opened this morning with Code Pink protesters trying to arrest former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for “war crimes.”
The protesters, bearing signs reading “Kissinger War Criminal” and “Cambodia,” rushed up behind the 91-year-old diplomat at the witness table of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was holding a hearing on global challenges and the U.S. national security strategy.
Also testifying were 94-year-old former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and 77-year-old former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would call recess until Capitol Police removed Code Pink from the room.
“I’ve been a member of this committee for many years, and I have never seen anything as disgraceful and outrageous and despicable as the last demonstration that just took place,” McCain said, which led to shout-backs from the protesters.
“You know, you’re going to have to shut up, or I’m going to have you arrested. If we can’t get the Capital Hill Police in here immediately… Get out of here, you low-life scum,” McCain added.
“So Henry, I hope you will — Dr. Kissinger, I hope on behalf of all of the members of this committee on both sides of the aisle — in fact, from all of my colleagues, I’d like to apologize for allowing such disgraceful behavior towards a man who served his country with the greatest distinction. I apologize profusely.”
Later, when Kissinger began his opening statement, more protesters popped up in the room, screaming about Vietnam and rattling off his “war crimes.”
“Vietnam! From 1969 to 1973, Kissinger, working for Richard Nixon, oversaw the slaughter in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, that led to the deaths of millions — millions of people. Many thousands more died from the effects of massive doses of agent orange and from unexploded bombs that covered the countryside!” a protester shouted. “Chile! Henry Kissinger was one of the principle architects of the coup in Chile on September 11th, 1973…”
Shultz then stood up to verbally battle the protesters, saying, “I salute Henry Kissinger for his many contributions to peace and security.” That led to a standing ovation from the committee members and audience that drowned out Code Pink.
What say you? All thoughts and views are welcome, as log as they are civil, thoughtful, and respectful.