Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Westmoreland Dead

Vietnam-Era Commander Westmoreland Dies:

Retired Gen. William Westmoreland, who commanded American troops in Vietnam — the nation's longest conflict and the only war America lost — died Monday night. He was 91.

How's that for a send-off?

Shoot - I might not get an AP headline, but at least I won't have to worry about the AP implying that I'm the reason we lost the only war that we ever lost! Sheesh.

And, as for the accuracy of 'the only war we ever lost', I think it's safe to say that Bush has already lost the Iraq War, rendering the aforementioned phrase, 'the only war we ever lost', inoperative.

The only thing that could salvage Bush's reputation from total damnation is if we managed to keep permanent bases in Iraq. If that happens, and I'm fairly certain it will, then Bush will not be known for losing Iraq, but he will still be known for being the guy who 'lost the peace', destroyed our military, used soldiers as political props, wasted hundreds of billions (trillions?) of dollars in taxpayer money, radicalized normal law-abiding folks all over the world into self-exploding suicide bombers, trashed civil liberties in America, greatly weakened the protections of the Geneva Conventions, aggressively worked to break long-standing ties with major and important allies, diminished the reputation of the U.S. as a respectable nation of respectable people, etc.

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