The Sarge: Was Vietnam an Illegal War?
What of the Vietnam War?
Just to help my conservative friends who find themselves attacked by conspiracy buffs and history revisionists, I would like to cover two historical points today. Once again, I want you to set aside your personal views on a war – in this case the Vietnam War – and just think about facts for a moment.
We are told constantly by self-appointed intellectuals and conspiracy nuts that the war in ‘Nam was “illegal.” Strict facts do not bear this out. First, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was passed by both houses of Congress and signed by LBJ. When challenged in the courts in 1969 and the early 70s, the Supreme Court made a very important decision on this matter. They issued the conclusion that since the Resolution WAS passed by Congress and signed by the president, it was a de facto declaration of war on the Vietnamese communists. The Constitution merely states what a declaration of war IS. There is no requirement that it be titled so with large capital letters or in old English calligraphy. In fact, there is no actual requirement for a written document when voting for war.
Secondly, many historians believe that Vietnam was irrelevant to the flow of history, that it was not important. Once again, this is sophistry. Because of our loss in Vietnam, the number of communist “wars of liberation” in Africa, Asia, and South America more than tripled in the 15 years after the fall of Saigon, and millions died as a result. (Cambodia was the most extreme example of this.) Communist thugs knew, until the administration of President Reagan turned things around, that there was no major power to oppose them.
Don’t take nonsense from your debate opponent on these two points; real history is on your side. May God’s love shine through all of you to help this world escape from darkness, brothers and sisters.
– The Sarge 9/29/13