Framing the Dialogue

The REAL Vietnam History Lesson

General VoNguyen Giap:  General Giap was a brilliant, highly respected leader of the North Vietnam military. The following quote is from his memoirs currently found in the Vietnam war memorial in Hanoi :

‘What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi . You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battle of TET. You defeated us!  We knew it, and we thought you knew it.  But we were elated to notice your media was helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!’ 

General Giap has published his memoirs and confirmed what most Americans knew. The Vietnam war was not lost in Vietnam — it was lost at home [via Walter Cronkite]. The same slippery slope, sponsored by the U.S. media, is currently underway. It exposes the enormous power of a Biased Media to cut out the heart and will of the American public.

Do not fear the enemy,

for they can take only your life.

Fear the media,

for they will distort your grasp of reality and destroy your honor.

Be afraid as it is happening again.

I don’t know about the truth of the quote, but I have read about the facts of the war and especially the TET Offensive in which we decimated the enemy like we did in wars past.  Not “ending” wars, but trying to win them.  But I digress.  The Cronkite-media is severely weakened by talk radio, balanced news like Fox News, and information from the Internet thanks to Al Gore though they still wield a frightening amount of influence on the public.


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