Sunday, June 06, 2010
Just so you know, we won ...
The popular account of America's involvement in Vietnam is "we lost."
I hate to get political here on AMGE, but the simple truth is: our troops on the ground, and in the air, kicked the shit out of Commie troops up until '73 ... and then Kissinger and the "Watergate" Congress of '74 went and threw it all away.
See The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War and/or This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive if'n you don't believe me.
That said, there's a scene in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket in which a Marine colonel opines that "inside every [Vietnamese], there's an American trying to get out."
Vietnam already has multiple Golden Arches and lots o' KFCs, and it'll soon have a Carl's Jr./Hardee's -- home of the über-American Thickburger! -- in its Commie midst. Check it:
Just on the heels of the 35th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, here comes more evidence that the domino theory was bunk (or, at least, that the dominoes fall easier in the other direction): Carl's Jr. has just opened its first outpost in Vietnam -- in Ho Chi Minh City to boot.
Puttin' it in a historical context ... looks like the U.S. has finally won the battle for hearts and minds (and stomachs), n'est-ce pas?!