Rep. Loui Gohmert, who may well be the single dumbest person in the entire Congress, gave a talk at CPAC on Thursday and delivered a line that has become virtually a mantra on the right, that we could have won Vietnam if only the politicians had allowed it to happen.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), speaking at conservative gathering CPAC, declared that “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!”
“If you go to war you better mean it,” Gohmert added, blaming America’s failure to go to war with Iran over the capture of its embassy in 1979 for more recent attacks on embassies and consulates.
What the hell would it even mean to “win” in Vietnam? We killed at least two million people in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (some estimates are as high as three million). The two sides dropped twice as much tonnage in bombs on a country the size of Massachusetts than all sides combined in WW2 dropped in all of Europe and Asia. And all this over a country that posed no threat to the United States whatsoever. If we had killed another million people, would we have “won”? Won what, exactly?
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