Quotes June 04, 2021

North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.
No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.
RICHARD NIXON
 
 
 
 
We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
 
 
 
 
The Vietnam War was a historical turning point for the U.S., a moment when political leaders plunged the military into an unwinnable colonial struggle that killed millions and bred distrust of Washington’s word.
FRED DONNER
 
 
 
 
The Vietnam War was arguably the most traumatic experience for the United States in the twentieth century. That is indeed a grim distinction in a span that included two world wars, the assassinations of two presidents and the resignation of another, the Great Depression, the Cold War, racial unrest, and the drug and crime waves.
DONALD M. GOLDSTEIN
 
 
 
 
Although both popular imagination and academic research on the Vietnam War continue to flourish, there is no consensus in sight. Only the U.S. Civil War rivals the power of the Vietnam War to divide and inflame generations upon generations of Americans.
ANDREAS W. DAUM
 
 
 
 
I have to keep my mouth shut about Nam though. All of these guys want to believe they were fighting an honorable war, and that their conduct deserves respect. They want the public to treat them like they’re heroes–like the WWII vets were. Instead, smart ass, pampered kids call them names and throw dog shit at them.
BUD RUDESILL
 
 
 
 
Numbers have dehumanized us. Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share.
DALTON TRUMBO
 
 
 
 
In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After ‘Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder.
JAN KARON
 
 
 
 
We fought in a very terrible war. We were subjected to Agent Orange…. I was blinded in one eye and have heart, lung and breathing problems. I know I have all these problems from Vietnam, plus loss of hearing…. I just think all of us vets need more help than what we get.
LESLIE ELLER
 
 
 
 
Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
MICHAEL HERR
 
 
 
 
For many Americans, the enduring memory of the Vietnam War is of the protests that defined a generation and shattered the illusion of America’s purity on the world stage. But for the 3 million men and women who served in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and early 1970s, the memories are more visceral: the fog of combat, the stench of death, the sting of returning to a seemingly ungrateful nation.
EDITOR
 
 
 
 
Combat is fast, unfair, cruel, and dirty. It is meant to be that way so that the terrible experience is branded into the memory of those who are fortunate enough to survive. It is up to those survivors to ensure that the experience is recorded and passed along to those who just might want to try it.
BRUCE H. NORTON