Saturday, June 02, 2012
David Sirota notices President Middle-Man picking up on the Vietnam War stab-in-the-back nonsenseDavid Sirota looks at President Obama's Memorial Day speech in Dissent over war isn't disrespecting the troops SFgate.com 06/01/2012. And he finds in in his role of President Middle-Man, this time repeating of the the worst prowar revisionist themes on the Vietnam War:
Out of all the status-quo-sustaining fables we create out of military history, none are as enduring as Vietnam War myths. Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Southeast Asia not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.This is a classic case of Obama accepting a Republican framing of an issue. And in this case it's a framing based on pseudohistory.
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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