Tour of Duty

Wednesday, January 14, AD 2015

 

For a friend who recently passed away and who served his own tour of duty in Vietnam.  He loved the television show Tour of Duty (1987-1990) that followed a platoon  of  American soldiers in Vietnam.  CBS failed to purchase the rights to the Rolling Stones’ Paint It Black for reruns or DVDs, so replacement music is used instead, which is a great shame.  I have seen few videos more evocative of time and place than the intro to Tour of Duty with Paint It Black.  The second and third seasons of Tour of Duty added soap opera and adventure elements which detracted from the realism of the show, but the first season is highly recommended by me for anyone wishing to see a realistic depiction of what life was like for the men who fought one of America’s more unpopular wars and who usually served their country far, far better than their country served them.

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  • A sound recommendation and one I heartily second.

    I happened to be on leave when it’s pilot episode was first broadcast on British telly. I was channel hopping late one night, pushing midnight, and lucked onto STV as the announcer made the introduction. Within seconds it was into the theme tune. Blew me away. My Dad, God be good to him, would record it for me when I was away and I would binge on multiple episodes! Surprisingly, it received absolutely no promotion over here and remained in it’s late night slot for the duration…

    Oh and I entirely agree with you about the difference in quality between the first and the following seasons.

    “I have seen few videos more evocative of time and place than the intro to Tour of Duty with Paint It Black.”

    I find most music of that era more than usually evocative…

  • Thank you for that! I loved that show. I enlisted the year it came out, and didn’t get to see any episodes until I was done with training. I lost interest the third season, though. I binged on it when it came out on Netflix.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote:

    “I have seen few videos more evocative of time and place than the intro to Tour of Duty with Paint It Black.”

    See you Maister McC, you have gone and set me off! 🙂

    Everything I wrote above about “Tour of Duty” applies to “Crime Story”. On leave. Late night channel surfing. Lucked out, etc…

    It also had an extra special appeal for me because Del Shannon’s “Runaway” was a childhood favourite of mine from way back in the early 60s. My big sisters noticed how much I liked it and would dance with me to it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbBAhQoOhMA

The Known Unknown

Thursday, August 21, AD 2014

Michael Blassie

“At a moment of great crises in the history of the world, he gave of himself,”

Archbishop Justin Rigali at funeral mass for Michael Blassie

Air Force First Lieutenant Michael Blassie’s life came to an end at age twenty-four on May 11, 1972 when the A-37B Dragonfly that he was flying in support of South Vietnamese troops in An Loc was shot down.  His body could not be recovered because the North Vietnamese had control of the area where his plane was shot down.  The Saint Louis native, a 1970 graduate of the Air Force academy, had a short military career but an illustrious one:  earning a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and an Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters.  Thanks to the air support he and his colleagues gave, the North Vietnamese did not take An Loc.

Five months later partial skeletal remains were recovered from the crash site.  Initially identified as being Blassie’s, the remains were later reclassified as being unknown when it was erroneously determined that the height and age of the remains did not match with Blassie.

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  • Audie Murphy , the most decorated soldier of World War II said: loosely quoted: “These medals belong to all the men who fought and gave their lives.”… for freedom.
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    The Unkown Soldier represents all the brave men who fight for freedom for the home of the brave and the land of the free. Some who have yet to meet their Maker belong to this cult of the Unkown Soldier. Those who fought in Viet Nam and were disparaged when they came home belong to the Unknown Soldier.
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    It is through the Unknown Soldier that civilians may pay tribute to all men who sacrficed their lives, risked life and limb to be there for us, no one is excluded.

  • Thank you for posting 1Lt Blassie’s story. Mary Devoe, thank you for your comment. Well put.

Hey, Who Did Win the Vietnam War Anyway?

Wednesday, July 30, AD 2014

 

Vietnam Today

 

History is full of ironies and none more so than the development of Vietnam in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  Independent journalist Michael Totten, who specializes in covering wars and desperately poor, ill governed countries, gives us refreshing news about Vietnam:

 

The ruling Communist Party knows better than just about anyone that communist economics are a disaster. Vietnam’s economy has been growing at light speed for a while now. I knew that in advance, and yet it still stunned me. The city trembles with industriousness and entrepreneurship. Small and large businesses are everywhere. Half the residents seem to be in business for themselves. Anything and everything you can possibly imagine is for sale, though it’s not all high-end yet. I saw a Louis Vuitton outlet next to a bootleg CD store, an elegant Western-style café next to low-end bar with hard chairs and no air-conditioning, a Body Shop next to a used clothing store with cast-off second-hand T-shirts from the West, and an art gallery next to a store selling old pots and pans.

Market economies are uneven, no doubt, but they sure as hell beat the alternative. I could hardly believe it, but when I was a kid the Vietnamese stood in long lines on the street to exchange ration coupons for handfuls of rice. Today the country is one of the world’s largest exporters of rice.

Japan and South Korea: watch out. If the economy keeps growing and the political system breaks open, Vietnam will be a country to reckon with.

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  • Well, as long as I am on a roll – Vietnam will do what we in the United States refuse to do. The Vietnamese Government understands that a highly technical, industrialized and entrepreneurial society requires access to low cost, plentiful, safe and clean energy. Therefore, enjoy:
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    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/Vietnam/
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    Sadly, because of the politics of my profession I cannot work on the Russian VVER’s that Vietnam plans to build.

  • This really comes as no surprise.
    I am old enough to have known a number of people who, as administrators, had lived most of their lives in Indochina. They were all convinced that the Viet Minh was a broad-based nationalist movement, with a relatively small Communist cadre that owed its position of leadership to its superior organization. They predicted that, following independence, Vietnam would become a non-aligned country on the Yugoslav model; the mass of the people would no more relish Chinese rule than French, not even the ethnically-Chinese Binh Xuyen, the political wing of the Vietnamese Mafia.
    I have always thought it not without significance that Truong Chinh’s proposals for land reform on the Chinese model were quietly shelved. Even though flushed with victory, the leadership feared a “revolution of folded arms” by an intransigent peasantry.

  • No, the communists under Ho Chi Minh, Nguyễn Sinh Côn, a very early Comintern agent, were complete Communists. After their victory in 1975, and as Ho, who died in 1969, was followed to the grave by the founders of the Communist state, their successors, after a disastrous attempt to collectivize all farms and factories post 1975, swiftly learned that Communism simply did not work in producing a growing economy, leading to the market reforms of 1986. Vietnam remains a one party state with grave human rights violations, but it is clear that the government remains in place only due to force and the success of the economy and that the true believers in Communism in all of Vietnam are fewer in number than the true believers in Marxism at most major American universities.

  • The situation was, undoubtedly complicated by the flight to the South of war-time collaborators, landowners, rentiers, usurers, those who exploited the labour of others for profit generally, criminals and hooligans of all sorts, in the wake of the Geneva Accords. These were determined to do all in their power to keep the country divided and to elude the people’s justice.
    This was precisely the outcome that, in France, Guy Mollet, the future Prime Minister, had predicted, if national elections in Vietnam were postponed. Leader of the French Section of the Workers’ International, Mollet was a fervent anti-Communist, famous for his remark that « Les communistes ne sont pas à gauche… Ils sont à l’Est » – The Communists are not on the left, but in the East, that is, puppets of Moscow.

  • “The situation was, undoubtedly complicated by the flight to the South of war-time collaborators, landowners, rentiers, usurers, those who exploited the labour of others for profit generally, criminals and hooligans of all sorts, in the wake of the Geneva Accords. These were determined to do all in their power to keep the country divided and to elude the people’s justice.”

    What a truly bizarre and ahistoric rant. More than one million Vietnamese fled North Vietnam, many of them Catholics, which considering the massacres imposed by Ho’s regime and the Gulag prison camp system they set up, and the lack of any freedom, was a perfectly rational thing to do.

  • They predicted that, following independence, Vietnam would become a non-aligned country on the Yugoslav model;

    Well, they were wrong.

  • “[M]any of them Catholics”

    Naturally. Most Buddhists supported the policies of the Hoa Hao; anti-colonialist (they had fought valiantly against both the French and Japanese) and a party of national unity. Catholics, by contrast, were suspected, perhaps unfairly, of being lukewarm at best towards the National Liberation Front.

  • “Catholics, by contrast, were suspected, perhaps unfairly, of being lukewarm at best towards the National Liberation Front.”

    Utter rubbish. They were suspected, rightly, of being unwilling to bow their necks to their new would be Communist masters instead of Christ. Some 60% of North Vietnamese Catholics fled to the South. More would have if the North Vietnamese regime had not used military force to hold onto some of their people who wished to get away, always a characteristic of every Communist state.

  • Catholics, by contrast, were suspected, perhaps unfairly, of being lukewarm at best towards the National Liberation Front.

    I just cannot imagine why anyone would be ‘lukewarm’ toward Ho Chih Minh’s minions.

  • With all respect Mr.Patterson-Seymour, considering the enmity between the French (who I presume to be the administrators you speak of) and Americans on post-war Indochina, there was clearly an interest or wish to portray the conflict as something different from the American perspective. Unlike the British who sought to build on a paternalistic post-war, post-imperial identity with their former colonies, France was very interested in continuing her colonial relations. And when those relation proved an economic liability, she sought help from a United States that rebuffed and actively sought the withdrawal of France from Indochina. Was it or was it not a common attitude that the whole Vietnam War was merely a game the Americans were playing to supplant France in the area?

    So it appears awfully convenient in this light for these administrators to downplay the communists and exaggerate the nationalists- left unsaid that the Americans faced a populist uprising because those selfsame administrators were no longer in charge.

Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

Monday, March 31, AD 2014

Captain Versace

 FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan

Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios Versace

 

For his entire life Captain Humbert Roque ‘Rocky’ Versace was on a mission.  His first mission was as an Army Ranger.  His second mission was to be a Catholic priest and to work with orphan kids.  He had been accepted to a Maryknoll seminary but then fate intervened.  The son of Colonel Humbert  J. Versace from Puerto Rico and his wife Marie Teresa Rios Versace, a novelist and poet who, among many other books, wrote The Fifteenth Pelican on which the TV series The Flying Nun was based, Rocky was an unforgettable character.  A graduate of West Point in 1959, he was an Army Ranger and a soldier as tough as they come.  He had an intelligence of a high order as demonstrated by his fluency in French and Vietnamese.  He loved to laugh and have a good time.  At the same time he was deeply religious and a fervent Catholic.  In short, he was a complete man.

Volunteering for service in Vietnam, he began his tour as an intelligence advisor on May 12, 1962.

Rocky fell in love with the Vietnamese people, especially the kids.  In his free time he volunteered in a Vietnamese orphanage.  He believed in his mission and regarded it as a crusade to prevent the people he loved living under Communism.  During his tour he received news that his application to attend a Maryknoll seminary had been accepted.  He planned after ordination to return to Vietnam and work with Vietnam orphans as a priest.  He agreed to a six month extension of his tour since that fit in with his plans to attend the seminary.

On October 29, 1963 he was serving as an intelligence advisor with the 5th Special Forces Group (Green Berets).  He accompanied several companies of South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense (militia) that were seeking to remove a Viet Cong command post in the U Minh Forest.  They were ambushed and Rocky gave covering fire to allow the South Vietnamese to retreat and get away.  He was captured.  The Viet Cong murdered him on September 26, 1965.  What happened in between made Rocky a legend.  He was taken to a camp deep in the jungle along with Lieutenant Nick Rowe and Sergeant Dan Pitzer.  After their eventual release they told all and sundry what they witnessed Rocky do.

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Bobbie The Weather Girl

Thursday, January 23, AD 2014

Any American stationed in Vietnam in 1967-1969 will recall Bobbie the Weather Girl, going away the most popular feature of American Forces Vietnam Network broadcasts.  Bobbie Keith was an army brat, the daughter of an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam.  Twenty years old in 67 she was a clerk for the Agency for International Development in Vietnam.  Chosen almost at random to be the Weathergirl, her good looks and a flare for comedy made her an instant hit.  A patriot, in her spare time on weekends she would visit combat units her fans invited her to, often coming under enemy fire.  To homesick grunts she was the epitome of the girl next door and was cheered wherever she went.  From an interview in 2009:

Clearly you were you a sex symbol, right?

I never thought of myself as being a sex symbol. I was treated more like the girl the guys left behind. I wore White Shoulders perfume back in those days, and the guys would say, “Oh my girlfriend wears that… that reminds me of my girlfriend.”  I was reminding the guys of their loved ones they left behind. I don’t think anyone ever treated me as a sex symbol. No. Even when they did the pin-ups. I wasn’t a movie star. I wasn’t Raquel Welch. I wasn’t Hollywood. I didn’t have any talents. I was just there, an American girl. It could have been anybody. There’s a way to conduct yourself and a way not to. And I think because I was on military bases as a brat growing up I could recognize and deal with this very chauvinistic organization full of testosterone.

Did you ever feel exploited or used?

No, never. The guys at the TV station treated me with a lot of respect. They were so cute. I think of all of those people as my big brothers. They took good care of me. When you treat people the way they want to be treated, if you treat somebody in that environment like “okay you’re my big brother,” then they act like your big brother, they become your big brother. They become your siblings. I never had a problem.

Were you ever criticized for doing the show?

Well, yeah, there were a couple of occasions, like when they painted the temperatures on my body. I don’t think any of us thought of it as being sexist, as even being cheeky. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was a take-off of Goldie Hawn on the TV show Laugh-In. Somebody—I think in Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker’s office—took offense, so they put an end to that. Maybe if I had seen the show on TV I would have thought so too, but we didn’t think of it that way.

 

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Grunt Padre Honored in Vietnam

Sunday, July 21, AD 2013

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As faithful readers of this blog know, I have many times had posts about heroic Catholic Chaplains serving in our military.  A man whose courage beggared description is Servant of God and Medal of Honor recipient Vincent J. Capodanno, known as the Grunt Padre.  I am not ready yet to do a full post on him, wishing to do him justice, but a recent news story in The National Catholic Register caught my eye:

 

DA NANG, Vietnam — Bishop Joseph Chau Ngoc Tri of Da Nang recently said Mass  in honor of Father Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. chaplain killed during the Vietnam  War, and he encouraged his people to ask the priest’s intercession.

Ted Bronson, a retired Navy Captain, told Catholic News Agency June 26 that  Bishop Tri “is a brave bishop, fostering Capodanno under the umbrella” of  Vietnamese communism.

The Mass, said on June 14, marked the 55th anniversary of Father Capodanno’s  priestly ordination. Father  Capodanno was ordained for the Maryknoll Missionary order, and he later  became a chaplain for the U.S. Navy.

While with Maryknoll, Father Capodanno served in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and  then he requested to be reassigned as a chaplain with the Marines. He was sent  to Vietnam in 1966 and requested an extension to his tour of duty when it was  up.

On Sept. 4, 1967, his unit was in the Que Son Valley near Da Nang, and they  became outnumbered by North Vietnamese forces. As American soldiers were being  gunned down, Father Capodanno went about giving viaticum and anointing  to the dying, as well as medical aid to the wounded.

Shortly after reassuring a wounded Marine, Father Capodanno went to another  soldier who had called out for help. Both he and the solider were shot and died.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969.

His citation for the Medal of Honor says he “left the relative safety of the  company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire. …  Disregarding the intense enemy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire, he  moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving  medical aid to the wounded.

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  • God bless Father Capodanno!

    I wonder if the good Padre would have a chance for a Medal of Honor, these days, were he to do the dame things now, he did then. I doubt it. He lived in a different world back then. Wonderful man and priest.

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  • Good story. A Vietnamese bishop saying a Mass in DaNang for an American GI Chaplain.

    Go tell the New York Times.

    For several years, our parish had with us a Vietnamese priest. I would often think I would go to him and tell him how sorry I am we didn’t save his country.

    I never did it. It would not have done either of us any good.

  • I have often wondered if Vietnam could be considered a protracted battle from which we retreated while on the way to winning the Cold War. If the country had stayed truly Communist, it would much more resemble North Korea or Cuba than it does. There are high-end luxury hotels in Saigon (it’s only officially called “Ho Chi Minh City”) and shops to go with them, a thriving textile industry and there’s even a McDonalds slated to come in soon. This is not the legacy of a Soviet-style “liberation.” In an almost laughable twist, the largest stock exchange in Vietnam is named after Ho Chi Minh.

    If one must still refer to Vietnam as a “communist” nation, then it is a Chinese-style communism, which isn’t really communism at all as much as it is fascism; a system much more suited to the current American landscape.

  • So long as the U.S. maintained pressure for reform on Ha Noi, Viet Nam steadily eased the repression and opened up. Ha Noi looked to the US as a bulwark against China and was ready to do anything the US desired short of the rulers losing their jobs i.e. real elections and the like. Clinton and Bush maintained that pressure (restrictions against Catholics were lifted in 2005) and even speech became much freer in ups and downs.With the current President the pressure to reform is gone. The repression is settling back in though Catholics are fighting back and winning sometimes. The Cardinal is a brave man and respected by Buddhists and Christians alike.

Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day

Sunday, May 27, AD 2012

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience – almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at home and abroad.

                                        Pope Benedict XVI

 

My fellow Americans, Memorial Day is a day of ceremonies and speeches. Throughout America today, we honor the dead of our wars. We recall their valor and their sacrifices. We remember they gave their lives so that others might live.

We’re also gathered here for a special event—the national funeral for an unknown soldier who will today join the heroes of three other wars.

When he spoke at a ceremony at Gettysburg in 1863, President Lincoln reminded us that through their deeds, the dead had spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could, and that we living could only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they so willingly gave a last full measure of devotion.

Well, this is especially so today, for in our minds and hearts is the memory of Vietnam and all that that conflict meant for those who sacrificed on the field of battle and for their loved ones who suffered here at home.

Not long ago, when a memorial was dedicated here in Washington to our Vietnam veterans, the events surrounding that dedication were a stirring reminder of America’s resilience, of how our nation could learn and grow and transcend the tragedies of the past.

During the dedication ceremonies, the rolls of those who died and are still missing were read for three days in a candlelight ceremony at the National Cathedral. And the veterans of Vietnam who were never welcomed home with speeches and bands, but who were never defeated in battle and were heroes as surely as any who have ever fought in a noble cause, staged their own parade on Constitution Avenue. As America watched them—some in wheelchairs, all of them proud—there was a feeling that this nation—that as a nation we were coming together again and that we had, at long last, welcomed the boys home.

“A lot of healing went on,” said one combat veteran who helped organize support for the memorial. And then there was this newspaper account that appeared after the ceremonies. I’d like to read it to you. “Yesterday, crowds returned to the Memorial. Among them was Herbie Petit, a machinist and former marine from New Orleans. ‘Last night,’ he said, standing near the wall, ‘I went out to dinner with some other ex-marines. There was also a group of college students in the restaurant. We started talking to each other. And before we left, they stood up and cheered us. The whole week,’ Petit said, his eyes red, ‘it was worth it just for that.'”

It has been worth it. We Americans have learned to listen to each other and to trust each other again. We’ve learned that government owes the people an explanation and needs their support for its actions at home and abroad. And we have learned, and I pray this time for good, the most valuable lesson of all—the preciousness of human freedom.

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The Priest and the Marine

Sunday, November 28, AD 2010

Born on January 3, 1936, one of five kids, Robert R. Brett knew from an early age what the wanted to be.    As his sister Rosemary Rouse noted, “He always wanted to be a priest. He was always there for everyone.”

He attended Saint Edmond’s and Saint Gabriel’s grade schools and then attended a preparatory seminary for high school.  Brett entered the Marist novitiate at Our Lady of the Elms on Staten Island and made his profession of vows on September 8, 1956.  Studying at Catholic University, he received a BA in philosophy in 1958 and a Master’s Degree in Latin in 1963.  He was ordained a priest of the Society of Mary in 1962 by Bishop Thomas Wade at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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  • Thank God for such men as Father Brett who hear His call and heroically carry out their vocations – zeal for the salvation of souls.

    I believe Father Brett and Cpl Chin are in the company of the saints praising God for eternity.

    But, we need men like him down here.

  • The fact that he wanted to go into harms way to administer to men that were serving their country, and dying for their country, says everything about this Priest. What a hero. What a man. If only our culture could celebrate heroes like him instead of the founder of facebook, or the next american idol, then I could have some hope for our republic.

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  • Another fine Catholic Chaplain from the U.S. Navy along with Fr. Capadano, Medal of Honor Winner.

  • The first Chaplain killed in WWII at Pearl Harbor was a Catholic Priest. Another fine example.

    Born in St. Lucas, Iowa, Fr. Schmitt studied at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He then studied in Rome for the priesthood. He was ordained on December 8, 1935. Father Schmitt was assigned to parishes in Dubuque, and one in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After four years, he received permission to become a chaplain, and joined the United States Navy. He was appointed Acting Chaplain with rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade (LTJG) on June 28, 1939.

    Assigned to the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor
    On December 7, 1941, Fr. Schmitt was serving on board the battleship, USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A Japanese hit caused the ship to capsize. A number of sailors, including Fr. Schmitt, were trapped in a compartment with only a small porthole as the means of escape. Fr. Schmitt helped a number of men through this porthole. When it came his time to leave, he declined and helped more men to escape. In total, he helped 12 men to escape.

    Fr. Schmitt died on board the Oklahoma. He was the first chaplain of any faith to have died in World War II.

  • Father Schmitt has been the subject of one my posts.

    http://the-american-catholic.com/2009/03/11/sunday-in-paradise/

    As for Servant of God Capadanno, I am making my way up to him.

11 Responses to Sheila Jackson Lee: Today We Have Two Vietnams, Side by Side, North and South

  • Wow. Prediction: She claims that she meant Korea.

    She’s a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She used to serve on the NASA subcommittee before she asked whether NASA has pics of Neil Armstrong’s flag on Mars.

    And she went to Yale then U Virginia law school.

  • If she went and graduated from Yale and UVA, then I feel a whole lot better earning my degrees.

  • Great juxtaposition Tito. I do believe that Paul the Octopus would do less harm in Congress than the Honorable SJL.

  • This is what happens when you confuse credentials (degrees) with education (knowledge).

    Wisdom is only given to those who pursue virtue, worldly knowledge is limited and apparently for some it is very, very limited.

    Elections reveal the character of the electorate. Fools will elect fools. Do this often enough and the United States of America will become the Divided Fools of America and then the barbarians won’t need to break through the gates. We’ll be the barbarians within the walls, assuming we know how to build walls.

  • Twain wrote, “Suppose you were a congressman. And, suppose you were an idiot. But, I repeat myself.”

    Worse for the beloved country: many voters want to give such imbeciles even more power to make even graver mistakes with health care, energy, and our economic well-being.

  • Just realized that she can’t even claim she meant Korea because she correctly cites the “58,000 dead” from the Vietnam War.

    It’s not like she was born after the war. She would’ve been in her last semester at UVA when Saigon fell.

  • Restrainedradical,
    It doesn’t matter. She will claim she meant Korea. Your a *ist/*phobe for noticing her inconsistencies. Time for you to repent.

  • My guess is that she’ll say what that other congressman said when he made the comments about Guam tipping over: it was a metaphor.

    If she says she was talking about Korea she’s toast.

  • Paul the German Octopus was definitely one of the world cup highlights. I would support him for congress, but at the very least he should become part of Fox’s all-star team (picture him sitting next to Krautheimer and Fred Barnes) or if his political alignment is more European, perhaps on Obama’s panel of ass-kicking experts.

  • DC: Great metaphor: an eight-legged ass-kicker! Like the old adage, “Busier than a one-legged ass-kicker.”

    Five Stars!!!

  • Yeap……….there is the proof their mind set is still buried in the 60’s.
    Who said you had to know anything to hold public office let alone chair a committee……..even her explaination of the “mispeak” wouldn’t fit what she really said.
    Yeap-they never grew out of the turbulant 60’s-they don’t even realize Nixon resigned…….same old battles……JUST GROW UP!!!!!