Saturday, November 18, 2006

I'm reading Daniel Ellsberg's book Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. In talking about Vietnam, Ellsberg says (p149) "For purposes of our own, involving both external and domestic politics, we were carrying on a war in someone else's country, a country in no way implicated in attacking our own or anyone else's. To continue to do that against the intense wishes of most of the inhabitants of the country began to seem to me morally wrong."... and in the next paragraph he says "The belief that we ever had a right to try to "win" in Vietnam, to impose our political preferences by military means, died for me in August and September 1969 as I read these volumes [The Pentagon Papers]."

Gee. Are the neocon hawks in charge of the White House familiar with this concept?

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