Tuesday, August 24, 2004

The wingnuts want you to know that the evil done by John Kerry's antiwar activism cannot be overestimated:

It is John Kerry and his ilk who are the baby killers; they have the blood on their hands of the millions massacred by the Khmer Rouge.

An interesting claim. Particularly when you consider that without destablization of Cambodia that came from America's secret missions into that country, Nixon's notorious Christmas bombing, the CIA-sponsored coup by Lon Nol, and the intervention of his government on the South Vietnamese (losing) side, the Khmer Rouge would probably not have come to power. (And the other domino that fell, Laos, was likewise rife with CIA activity which probably did as much to attract trouble as to ward it off).

But Americans have a history of confusion on this particular issue. Even after the Vietnamese had kicked the Khmer Rouge back out of Cambodia, the United States under both Carter and Reagan insisted that the genocidal freaks keep Cambodia's seat in the UN.

But Republicans are clear on some other things... like, for instance, their insistence that there is no visible connection between the "Swift Boat Veterans" who are putting attack ads on the air, and Dubya's presidential campaign. And, indeed, they have a point. When "Swift Boat Veterans" sugar daddy Bob Perry was announced as cohost of a Bush fundraiser, his spokesman quickly denied everything, and if you show up, I'm sure you won't see him there. Likewise, when a member of the campaign's "veterans steering committee" turned up in the ad itself, his name instantly vanished from the official campaign web page -- again, leaving no visible connection. Well, not unless you looked in a google cache. So, to reiterate, there is no visible connection between the Swift vote vets and any official Republican party organization. Well, not on the national level, anyway. No visible connection at all.

Note: I've corrected this post; see comments...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

(As I've noted in the past, only one domino fell, and we knocked it over).Is Laos not considered a domino? It's been a Communist state since the Pathet Lao took over in 1975.

-- kst

6:50 PM  
Blogger charles said...

Corrected. And yes, I feel foolish...

11:48 PM  
Blogger charles said...

... but as you can see, I'll still stand by the larger point; the domino theory was, in practice, a bust. Communism did not spread from Vietnam to Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, but only took root where our war broke ground for it. Though the Burmese have certainly had problems enough of their own...

Thanks for the correction.

8:59 AM  

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