Wednesday, February 02, 2005

History repeating itself?

My dad sent me this little nugget from 1967-

U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror
by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3-- United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam's presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting.
According to reports from Saigon, 83 per cent of the 5.85 million registered voters cast their ballots yesterday. Many of them risked reprisals threatened by the Vietcong.
....A successful election has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam. The election was the culmination of a constitutional development that began in January, 1966, to which President Johnson gave his personal commitment when he met Premier Ky and General Thieu, the chief of state, in Honolulu in February
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Of course, we were in 'Nam 8 more years after this story came out. Hopefully, this was a history lesson learned by Bush and his crew.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Kelley :) said...

Ha! Have you seen Bush's grades? Doubt he learned enough history to have gleamed any lessons from Vietnam. His cronies may have, but we have already seen their tendency blatantly ignore... er, misconstrue... facts. And the American public has an amazingly short historical memory. Just my humble opinion. :) Thanks for the blog, it's fun. -K

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