Thursday, April 19, 2007

Opinion (Patrick J. Buchanan): Democrats recall lesson of vietnam

Above: Panicked Vietnamese scale the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon as the last evacuation helicopters prepare to take off.

As Chairman Carl Levin of Senate Armed Services conceded last week, Congress is not going to de-fund the war in Iraq, even if Bush vetoes every Democratic timetable for withdrawal.

The war will go on - backed by a Democratic Congress.

If Majority Leader Reid is not bluffing about his threat to vote with Russ Feingold to cut off funds, Harry will be rolled by a bipartisan coalition that includes dozens of members of his own caucus.

For Democrats recall the consequences of having voted to cut off funds for the war in Vietnam, into which JFK and LBJ had plunged the United States. Whatever Americans think about a war, they are not a forgiving crowd when it comes to those perceived as having abandoned the troops or ensured defeat.

Read the rest at the Argus Leader