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The GOP’s destructive Vietnam mythology.

  • How the right’s self-glorifying delusions led to decades of avoidable war
  • In 1980, Reagan turned the Vietnam disaster into a faux-patriotic rallying cry. We've paid the price ever since
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Peter Birkenhead, Salon

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 | It only took about five years from the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, for the American right to succeed in burying the moment under mounds of revisionist horse shit. Ronald Reagan, speaking at a campaign appearance in the summer of 1980, said,

"It is time that we recognized that [the American War in Vietnam] was, in truth, a noble cause … . We dishonor the memory of 50 thousand young Americans who died in that cause when we give way to feelings of guilt as if we were doing something shameful."

Peter Birkenhead is a writer living in Washington, DC. 

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