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Vets receive warm welcome decades after returning from Vietnam | vietnam, tallerdy, home – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO

June 12, 2011

Vets receive warm welcome decades after returning from Vietnam | vietnam, tallerdy, home – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO.

But remember, the returning vets from Vietnam were NEVER treated bad by the anti-war lefties! It never happened.

The only reason it didn’t happen during the dark days of Operation Iraqi Freedom is that other citizens would have stepped in for the soldiers and laid down a whooping….

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  1. Michael Eaton permalink
    June 12, 2011 12:14 pm

    “The only reason it didn’t happen during the dark days of Operation Iraqi Freedom is that other citizens would have stepped in”

    The only reason?? Really? Perhaps the fact that nearly all protesters understood “Hate the War, Not the Troops” may make your statement typically inane? Perhaps the fact that many protesters had family fighting in Iraq may make your statement politically weak?

    Yep. And yep.

    • James permalink
      June 12, 2011 3:01 pm

      I don’t know I agree with Mike’s assumptions (‘all’ and motto) but the protests around the Vietnam War and OIF were different Craig. Some of it has to do with cultural values and lessons learned from the 60s, lack of a draft, etc. And while I don’t know how many protesters have (close) family in the armed services, all of them saw the events of 9/11 at some point. Whether or not Iraq had anything to do with it (and no, I don’t think so)…there was still a sense of an attack of something by someone on the US. I don’t think you can say that about Vietnam at all…

      I do think it is awful that folks want to pretend much of that stuff didn’t happen to returning troops back in the 60s and 70s but…

      To compare Vietnam protests/support vs. OIF/OEF protests/support doesn’t follow.

  2. June 12, 2011 3:32 pm

    I dunno. I’m pretty sure the anti-war left felt exactly the same as they did in the 1960s.

    In fact. I’m pretty sure they’d do it again. The people who were pushing the current anti-war movement are the ones who were members of the 1960s anti-war movement. They hate the troops. This support the troops clap-trap, are nothing more than crocodile tears. You can see straight through it.

    This first one is a pretty telling one, at the Code Pink Berkeley USMC Recruiting protest. They sound like they love the troops in this one:

    The rest of these are from various war protests, all showing their love of the troops and America:

    And if you were wondering and trying to remember who Hasan Akbar was… click here…

    My favorite sign is the one that says, “I’ll support the troops when they start fragging their officers…”

    Is this Vietnam? No. But for the anti-war left, they sure wish it was….

    • James permalink
      June 14, 2011 1:52 am

      Silly Craig, must be conservative protesters. Everyone know the violent speech comes from the right!

      (Seriously, I think you will always have that core slice of folks on each side that take it to the extreme (and those on the opposing side of that who will jump up and down and point and yell “told you so…alll (or so many) right/left-wingers are awful”. Institute a draft and the protests would probably greatly expand, but while there are these protests, they don’t seem to be as widespread as Vietnam…)

      • June 14, 2011 8:57 am

        I agree with you that it’s different in the sense that there would be much more outrage if there was a draft currently in place, but it wouldn’t just be the left angry, it would the libertarian minded right (like myself) who would find such forced servitude distasteful and against the ideals of liberty. Yet it was, I believe a man of the left, Charles Rangel, who wished to reinstitute the draft, mainly to increase said resistance to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

        And I agree that the protests are not as wide-ranging as they were during the Vietnam conflict. Yet they were all too common in areas of leftist dominated thinking, like San Fransisco and Berkeley and New York City. Why? Because, as I posited, so many Americans look back with shame at how our servicemen were treated upon returning from Vietnam, except in those leftist bastions.

  3. June 12, 2011 3:56 pm

    Found a copy of it:

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