Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Not all Iowa vets are Neanderthals*

A letter in this morning's Des Moines Register speaks for itself.
Regarding Larry Disney's Feb. 25 letter to the editor, "Iraq Will Be Like Vietnam If Lefties Have Their Way": As a lefty, I will gladly accept blame for getting out of Iraq, if righties will accept blame for going into Iraq based on lies.

As a veteran of Vietnam, I recall that it was not just Democrats and the "left," but the American people who withdrew their support for that war. Funny how some on the "right" seem to leave that part out, just like their selective memory on how we got into the mess in Iraq.

I would also like to remind Disney that the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) was already operating in division-sized units in South Vietnam, despite the best efforts of the U.S. Air Force to stop the infiltration via the Ho Chi Minh trail through Laos and Cambodia.

Disney's closing point changes the parameters of his letter to the whole Middle East. If the whole Middle East explodes into violence, I hope that those of Disney's political persuasion have the courage to stand up and say we have reaped what we have sown.

- Mark D. Brooks,

master sgt. retired,

We need to hear from more veterans like Mark Brooks. It's too bad we don't. I know they are out there.

*My sincerest apologies to any real Homo neanderthalensis who many yet be lurging in the mountains of southern France.