Letter - Politicians learned nothing from Vietnam


Saturday night my wife and I went to see the movie “Lone Survivor.”

I watched those brave young men fight for each other. I saw their love for each other. I saw them die for each other. And I began to get angry.

Angry that our government sent them to Afghanistan with no strategic mission. Angry at our government because it wouldn’t let them win. Angry that our government would punish them if they had killed those goat herders who weren’t innocent. Angry at our government for betrayal of our brave soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

And then I became angry because that same government sent us to Vietnam. Again, with no mission, no desire to win, no reason for being there.

I thought we had learned this lesson from Vietnam: Don’t send young American men and women to combat unless you let them win, unless they have a specific and strategic mission.

But no we haven’t. At least, our politicians haven’t.

Our youths are too important for us to send them somewhere to risk their lives for some politician’s ego.

They are our future, our hope, our sons and daughters, and they are too precious.

So I suggest the next time our valiant congressmen and women decide to send troops somewhere, they go instead.

They can show how really brave and strong they are.

They can go fight.

They can go bleed.

They can go cry.

They can go die.

At least, that way no one of any significance will be hurt by their stupid actions.

Al Conetto

Walla Walla


PearlY 1 year, 9 months ago

Anyone who actually listened to what Bush said in some of his formal speeches and what officials like Rice said in various articles would know what the strategy was. If you simply relied on the TV news, then of course it might be mysterious but whose fault is that? (Not to say that the strategy was perfect; it seemed to me naive in its view of the degree to which the opposition party would put national interests ahead of party interests, and it turned out I was right on that.)


MyFamNews 1 year, 9 months ago

Excellent comments, Al. We all need to remember the past, to prevent these military actions from reoccurring. Remember when we vote, that the old Republican guard, ie. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, plus many others are beating the war drum constantly. Boots on the ground in Syria, Libya and Iran will be repeating the history of failed conflicts. Legislating to destroy peace talks, does the same. We need to ask the question of every person running for office and then vote accordingly.


chicoli 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr. Conetto, I remember President Bush making a mockery of the weapons of mass destruction idea by pretending to find them under the w White House furniture, right at the same time when our soldiers were dying for nothing in Iraq. In more than one instance Mrs. Rice went public scaring the American people about the mushroom cloud from Iraq nuclear weapons attacking the US. Vice President Cheney had the audacity to concoct a pile of lies about the 9-11 attack and Saddam Hussein as the culprit.

We lost the lives of more than 5,000 American soldiers.

The Iraq war created hundred of thousand of physically and emotionally wounded veterans for the rest of their lives, at a cost of billions of dollars.

President Bush is ultimately responsible for the killing of more than 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilian lives.

The American people lost Trillions of dollars for nothing.

We lost our reputation as a fair, just and loving country all over the world.

Mr. Conetto, the stupid war actions of the Bush presidency hurt all of us for ever.


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

paco - did your nose grow as you wrote this comment?


chicoli 1 year, 9 months ago

Did you mean my nose...or hose? Oh, nutty you...always freudian, always preparing the field for double takes!

Why don't you argue (if you dare) my points rather than recurring to your stereotyped, boring, snarky remarks?


Iopine 1 year, 9 months ago

Maybe you should quit portraying the usual uninformed liberal rhetoric and journey to the letter: "A closer look at ‘Bette in Spokane’ from McMorris Rodgers’ speech" and clarify your racist comment about the link of a group of Blacks conversing about the economy as cheap porn? Obviously just a typical remark from you.


MyFamNews 1 year, 9 months ago

namvet, can we stay on the topic of Al's letter here??


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