Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Ruined Base
Ruins of American Hill Base, Hai Van Pass, Vietnam

weigel quotes south carolina representative jeff duncan making the following analogy:
In Vietnam, we took a hill and defeated the enemy, then we retreated and let the enemy take over. In the sequester we've held that ground... the momentum is with us.
but in vietnam the u.s. fought for and held plenty of hills (mmm, hamburger).  it's just that after a while it became clear that the american-backed south vietnamese dictatorship and the american war effort itself did not have enough support among either the vietnamese or american populace to make the war sustainable.

for a party whose major problem is a shrinking demographic of supporters, it's an odd choice of an analogy to bring up a war that was lost primarily because of shrinking levels of popular support.