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28 July 2007

An Anniversary Article - About Another Infamous US War ...

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Here's a headline from 42 years ago today: 28th July 1965:
US orders 50,000 troops to Vietnam

President Johnson has committed a further 50,000 US troops to the conflict in Vietnam.


Monthly draft calls will increase from 17,000 to 35,000 - the highest level since the Korean War, when between 50,000 and 80,000 men were called up each month.

It will take the US force in Vietnam up to 125,000 but officials say at this stage demands should be met by conscription, without calling upon the reserves.

Speaking in a televised address from the White House President Johnson said: "We do not want an expanding struggle with consequences no one can foresee."

"Nor will we bluster, bully or flaunt our power. But we will not surrender, nor will we retreat," he continued.
Read the rest of that BBC Viet Nam report - and much more.

Then maybe you'd like to look at a few photographs of some of the players involved - to varying degrees - in that particular American war crime.

Here's JFK and LBJ.



Here's Colin Powell.


Wanna see some more?



Enough, already.

Too many bloody awful nightmarish memories for us; of mass murder, madness, mayhem, misery and much, much more.



Old habits die hard, don't they?

Eh?



Find some fitting words of your own for our final photo.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, we can't get hold of any of today's warmongers to shove them in a prison cell where they all belong.

*sweetoldlady*

7:34 pm  
Anonymous max said...

The average person has a very short memory, and this is what politicians rely on. One only needs to think how many people have forgotten we went into Iraq to get rid of the NONE EXISTANT WMD stockpile - which was only 45 minutes away from launch readiness.

12:13 pm  

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