What Republican Presidents Have Wrought: The Vietnam War Syndrome And The Iraq War Syndrome!

The Republican Party loves to claim that they are the experts, when it comes to American foreign policy, that they are far better than Democrats in executing foreign policy.

But the facts of history tell us otherwise, as witness:

Before America entered World War II. who were some of the most powerful, most influential people advocating isolationism— Republicans such as Senators Robert Taft of Ohio, Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, Hiram Johnson of California, and Gerald Nye of North Dakota, with the latter two discussed in detail in the author’s book: TWILIGHT OF PROGRESSIVISM: THE WESTERN REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND THE NEW DEAL (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981).

When America entered the escalation stage of the Vietnam War under Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965, it was Republicans who backed the President in much greater numbers than Democrats, but even Johnson finally realized the need for America to get out of the war, and decided not to run again in 1968.

Republican President Richard Nixon ran his campaign for the Presidency in 1968, pledging that he would end the Vietnam War expeditiously, and saying he had a “secret plan” to end the war, which soon became evident did not exist, and Nixon made up his plan to end the war as he went along, and it took four long years to end the war, with a heavier loss of soldiers killed and wounded, than had been so under Johnson! Nixon and Henry Kissinger, his National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, misled the American people and lied to them about the plans and strategies to end the war, and it created a feeling of unwillingness to engage in overseas crises as a result, what could be called the Vietnam War Syndrome.

And then under George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the Republican run national government in 2003 lied to us, manipulated us, propagandized us, to begin a war in Iraq, with no plan to get out, and the war dragged on through the second Bush term, and into the Barack Obama Administration. No “weapons of mass destruction” were ever found, and it created an Iraq War Syndrome, which now has made many Americans reluctant to engage in a military action against an outlaw nation, Syria, which has utilized chemical warfare, only the third world leader ever to do so, after Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein!

So the Republican Party and its cynical, corrupt leadership in the 1969-1973 and 2002-2009 periods poisoned the political atmosphere of America, making it more difficult to engage in the shaping of a sane, rational foreign policy that would be in American interests.

And now Rand Paul and his kind, libertarian “Know Nothings”, promote isolationism all over again, back to the image of the GOP in the late 1930s before American entrance into World War II.

The damage that Presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush have wrought is massive, and undermining America in 2013 from doing what it must do, react to the massive war crime of the Syrian government!

5 comments on “What Republican Presidents Have Wrought: The Vietnam War Syndrome And The Iraq War Syndrome!

  1. Maggie September 1, 2013 7:49 pm

    Very informative, professor!
    Today I listened to an interview with Rand Paul on the subject of Syria. All I can say is that guy is seriously clueless! He doesn’t even make sense when he discusses anything. Even attempting his reasoning and train of thought boggles the mind. LOL! I’m a politics genius next to that Raphus cucullatus or Dodo Bird!

  2. Ronald September 1, 2013 8:26 pm

    I do not know, Maggie, how any intelligent person can possibly find Rand Paul to be a legitimate candidate for President. He is one of the most uninformed and ridiculous members of a Senate which includes quite a few clueless individuals.

  3. dave Mathews September 1, 2013 10:49 pm

    Funny to see you progressive war hawks clucking around with Kerry throw my medals over the white house fence and obama the do nothing senator Nobel Peace Prize laureate president and Biden “impeach Bush for moving without congressional support. obama panicked after seeing Briton will have nothing to do with his 18 month fading red line crossing. Even funnier watching you progressives rubbing elbows with the loony McCain and Lindsey Graham. Putin is snickering at our bumbling poor excuse for a leader.
    The g20 meetings will be very interesting.

  4. Engineer Of Knowledge September 2, 2013 9:28 am

    Well “No Nothing” Davy,
    We saw this exact same posting the first time but we had the good taste to ignore your ignorance. So if you insist, please tell me more about crap you know nothing about. I can use it on my next radio appearance.

    What is right is just right…and you would not know what was the right thing to do if it hit you.

    I doubt if you ever served like many of us, did you? I guess it is just another excuse for the “Government to Print Money”…right?

  5. Ronald September 2, 2013 1:00 pm

    Engineer, I am leaving Davy to you to take care of! LOL

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