It was meant to be the new Boogeyman. To scare off the children. To conjure bad imagery and bring back nightmares.
In Rambo, Stallone’s rare line was “where they call Hell, I call Home”.
Occasionally, we read about the Powell Doctrine (purportedly derived from Vietnam War) i.e. if engaged at all, finish it quickly.
Not to beat a dead horse, Vietnam War has been like the Wave, in a football stadium. After a while, it dies down. Don’t try to start one yourself, without feeling silly. It’s like the Bee Gees “I started a joke”.
The irony is, both Kerry and Hagel were by-products of US involvement in Vietnam (not to mention McCain).
A generation comes of age in “Hell”. Trial by fire, baptized by fire.
Hot war on cool medium. America first Television War (pre-CNN era).
Now we got Al Jazeera, whose host died yesterday (David Frost – so, tell me, Mr Nixon, when a president does something, it’s not illegal?). It’s like the Vietnam War got covered by South East Asian News Network. “Unbias” and In-depth coverage.
After all, it’s their region and they know the conflicts as the back of their hands.
With that kind of money buying out Current TV, A J Network is poised for the new theater of war.
The gods of vengeance has moved from Europe to Asia, and now onto the Middle East. I don’t smell the smell of jasmine.
Nor do I smell napalm. This time, you can’t see nor can you smell anything.. Just drone and precision striking.
Powell doctrine + powerful broadband. Yet they still use Vietnam as a figure of speech. For fear of being dragged in.
For fear of war fatigue. I hear the other side saying “So what you’re gonna do about it” ( I used chemical weapon, so what?).
Go ahead, and call 911. It will be another Vietnam for you e.g. quagmire, divided nation, deficit, and post-traumatic disorder.
Where they call “Hell” you shouldn’t call “Home”. But then, can you sit still when your neighbors keep beating the kids, not with stick, but by spraying deadly poison. Wouldn’t you call 911 and to Hell with it. Another Vietnam? So what! Let it be.