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Restaging the End of Another War

Les Blough, Axis of Logic Editor

November 17, 2006

November 4, 2004 - "How will we get out of this, another dirty, Godless war, fought in the service of Global Corporatism? What will the "Exit Strategy" from this mess look like -when it is all over? The images of U.S. soldiers fleeing Vietnam have been burned into our minds for 30+ years with U.S. helicopters pushed off the sterns of ships, decades of suffering by Vietnam Veterans with disabilities, their broken families, the never-ending searches for MIAs and a national guilt that will haunt us for years to come. To these memories, the Wars on Afghanistan and Iraq will carry the additional 'baggage' of the effects of depleted uranium on Afghan and Iraqi children and the loss of the culture to which all human beings owe their genesis. What images will be burned into our minds 30 years hence? Indeed, what images of us will be carried into history for those looking back?"

- Les Blough, Editor
At What Price The Bush Wars

"Twenty-five years ago this month, the Vietnam War came to an end with bewildering speed."

- Walter J. Boyne
The Fall of Saigon
April, 2000


NVA Tanks smash through Palace Gates, April 30, 1975 (BBC)

Victorious Vietnamese Communist soldiers of the PRG celebrate on a balcony of the Independence Palace in Saigon, April 30,1975, after the surrender of President Duong Van Minh and the South Vietnamese Government (AP)







A South Vietnam man driven away with a punch in the face as he tries to flee the oncoming NVA at war's end.

U.S. Navy personnel aboard the USS Blue Ridge push a helicopter into the sea in order to make room for more evacuation flights from Saigon, April 29, 1975.

One of many VNAF Huey's shoved overboard by the crew of the Midway, April 29, 1975








The clouds of deceit at the beginning and during a war cannot be compared with the size and numbers of the lies that surround the end of a war. But the lies at the end of the war are all dissolved by one simple truth. 

All wars end with the defeat and surrender of one side or the other

"Discussions in Washington", conducted by Amy Goodman about withdrawal from Iraq covers an interview with Fmr. Senator George McGovern, Congressman Dennis Kucinich and AEI's Joshua Muravchik. It reminds us of two scenarios during the last days before the fall of the U.S. military in Vietnam:

1. The first scene is one of Henry Kissinger (unbelievably now advising George Walker Bush) in the "Paris Peace Talks" (sic)

Back then we were subjected to daily corporate media coverage of Kissinger and his gibberish about only leaving Vietnam after achieving "Peace with Honor". While he mouthed Peace with Honor - he and his cohorts were desperately trying to find ways to prevent what finally happened to their "exit strategy". Kissinger and company spoke about "peace with honor" as though they were still in a position to negotiate with the Vietnamese. It was a propaganda ploy, buying time while they sought to save face before the Vietnamese military literally ran them out. Now we see the shell game being played by both - the Democrats and Republicans:

  • Blaming the puppet government they installed for "not doing enough to establish order".

  • Trying to convince the world that they are trying to save Iraq from a civil war (i.e. to "save Iraqis from Iraqis")

  • To prevent a base for world terrorism from being established in Iraq.

  • To prevent Iraq from falling under the control of Iran and Syria.

Meanwhile, as early as March 17, 2006 the U.S. government has been trying to negotiate with Iran - the same Iran condemned by George W. Bush as a member of the "Axis of Evil" - for their help in getting the U.S. out of Iraq. They are "negotiating" with Iran as though they had a power base from which to negotiate. They have none.

The last great ploy to rescue the U.S. government from itself in Iraq - at the expense of billions of U.S. tax dollars - can be seen in the 2006 midterm elections with "Democrats to the Rescue". We hear Sen. Carl Levin, Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, threatening the Iraq "government" with U.S. troop withdrawal for their "not taking responsibility" for the security of Iraq. We hear him fabricating the lie that instead of destroying Iraq, the U.S. government gave Iraqis an opportunity to have better lives:

"America has given the Iraqi people the opportunity to build a new nation at the cost of nearly 3,000 American lives and over twenty thousand wounded. But the American people do not want our valiant troops to get caught in a crossfire between Iraqis if they insist on squandering that opportunity through civil war and sectarian strife."

We hear Levin blame Iraq's US-installed puppet government for not ending "sectarian violence":

"We were momentarily hopeful when the Iraqi leaders signed a four point agreement on October 2nd to end the sectarian violence. That turned out to be another false hope."

We hear him blaming the Iraqis for not "putting their political house in order". We hear Democrat Senator Carl Levin blaming the victim for U.S. atrocities and abrogate all responsibility for U.S. war crimes in Iraq:

"We should put the responsibility for Iraq’s future squarely where it belongs – on the Iraqis. We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves."

"We cannot save the Iraqis from themselves" ... The transparency of that statement is so clear that even the casual, "apolitical" reader sees through it like a window pane. This is beyond a cynical lie. This is also psychological projection of the guilt for crimes against humanity, committed by the U.S. government - being projected upon their hirelings.

We should not be surprised at Levin's preposterous claims. On June 15, 2006 he simply argued in the U.S. Senate for the U.S. to begin to withdraw troops from Iraq by the end of 2006 with no timetable for complete withdrawal. Joe Lieberman, another Democrat argued against Levin's resolution, warning that it would result in "the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 being able to claim victory in Iraq and going on, emboldened, to attack us again here at home." Stephen Zunes (Foreign Policy in Focus) observes that Lieberman failed to mention that al-Qaida found recruitment opportunities inside Iraq only after the U.S. invasion. Zunes also reported,

"Lieberman was joined by Democrats Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. All but one Republican senator opposed Levin's resolution."

and astutely observed ...

"Resolutions like Kerry's and Levin's enable Democratic senators to have it both ways: to go on record opposing the war while continuing to fund it."

The Senate passed a $50 Billion funding bill for the war in Iraq with a 97-0 vote for fiscal year 2006. The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments anticipated $94 billion in 2006 and as of April of this year, the U.S. government was spending about $10 billion a month in Iraq and Afghanistan. Earlier this year, The Guardian (UK) reported the findings of a Nobel prize-winning economist and a Harvard budget expert: the actual cost of the US war in Iraq will be somewhere between $1 trillion and $2 trillion (£1.1 trillion), up to 10 times more than previously thought.

In fact, not a single U.S. senator, neither Republican nor Democrat, has voted against funding the war and occupation of Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

2. The second scene in the last days of the U.S. occupations of Vietnam and Iraq are seen in the words of George McGovern, excerpted from the interview that follows:

 "We’re not advocating a mad dash to the border, not a stampede or what the critics call "cut and run." We’re advocating an orderly withdrawal, not the kind of forced withdrawal that took place in Vietnam so many years ago, where we saw the TV pictures of our last survivors there being airlifted off the roof of the embassy."

The last evacuation of US troops from the embassy (BBC)

After more than two decades of fighting the Communists, the South Vietnamese army collapsed quickly in early 1975, setting in motion chaotic evacuations like this one from a rooftop in Saigon.









Even old George McGovern is doing his best to try to save the face (and the ass) of the U.S. government as it desperately attempts to turn reality into fantasy. As in the last days of Vietnam, the U.S. government is acting as though they still hold some sort of bargaining power in their flight from the hell they created in Iraq.

On foot and on anything with wheels, refugees evacuate ahead of Communist forces. Their numbers included civilians who had aided the South Vietnamese army or the Americans, as well as those simply fleeing in general panic. (AP photo/H. Hung)

A US-backed (sic) South Vietnamese soldier huddles with his wounded comrade as the North Vietnamese Army advances, 2 days before the fall of Saigon (AP photo/H. Hung)









South Vietnamese Army uniforms discarded in the street before the advance of the victorious North Vietnamese military. (BBC)


The U.S. military has been roundly defeated in Iraq. U.S. forces are being pounded by a well-organized resistance army who are defending their country. The corporate media has played the clever game of dripping small numbers of U.S. soldiers killed from week to week over the last 3 ½ years. The media did their best for the government. They were able to slow the cumulative effect of those numbers on the U.S. psyche, but could not do so indefinitely. In recent days they have changed tactics, blaming the failure on their latest inventions: the so-called "sectarian war" and foreign-puppet government installed by the U.S. 

Bush and company were like casino gamblers, but playing in the currency of human blood. They got addicted and just couldn't stop. They never learned the lesson gamblers have to learn the hard way: Never try to win back your losses by putting more money on the felt. Their markers have been called in. Their morning of defeat has come and they are waking up to one hell of a hangover.

The only success story in the US-Iraq night-terras belongs to Israel. Their perceived enemy and people they hate have been destroyed; Zionist paranoia temporarily relieved. And you gotta give it to them: they got another country to do it for them even as their client continues to fund their own welfare state; their agents in the U.S. media blaming the failure on the politicians they employed; the Democrats are blaming Bush, Bush is blaming Rumsfeld, ad nauseum.

If the U.S. does not retreat from Iraq immediately, those old images at the end of the Vietnam war will be restaged in the very near future: images like helicopters being pushed off the sterns of ships; the "Green Zone" over-run by the conquering Iraqi resistance;  U.S./British occupation-collaborators clamoring for rescue by their paid masters and U.S. troops attacked while in retreat - just as George Herbert Walker Bush ordered the slaughter of Iraqi soldiers as they retreated under aerial bombing in his 1991 invasion of the country. 

The end-of-war deceptions now manufactured in Washington under the cover of the Democratic Party and promulgated by the corporate media are transparent.

"Withdrawal" is no longer a choice available to the U.S. The U.S. military has been defeated and is now being run out of Iraq under fire.

© Copyright 2006  by AxisofLogic.com

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