Johnson’s war, not Kennedy’s
May 24, 2002
The historical record of the origins of the war in Vietnam is becoming more clear with the passage of time and the ongoing declassification of formerly “top secret” documents.
The war in Vietnam did not somehow just inadvertently happen, and it was not the inevitable result of the collision of communist and free world ideologies. President Lyndon Baines Johnson did not inherit the war from the Kennedy administration, as the Democratic Party apologists for Johnson would have us believe.
There is an overt, conscious effort by the members of the leftist liberal cultural elite aristocracy, the Democratic Party and the news and entertainment industry to obfuscate the facts of President Kennedy’s planned, ongoing withdrawal of all American advisers from Vietnam and the Johnson-McNamara scheme to start the war in Vietnam in order to validate Johnson’s manhood, to enhance his personal prestige, to manufacture his presidential legacy, to advance the Democratic Party’s political fortunes and to get Johnson elected The President For Real on Nov. 3, 1964.
The simple, absolutely incontrovertible facts of this question are that:
1. In a live CBS-TV network news interview with Walter Cronkite on Sept. 2, 1963, President Kennedy stated, “In the final analysis, it is their war. They are the ones who have to win it or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment, we can send our men over there as advisers, but they have to win it, the people of Vietnam, against the communists.”
2. At the cabinet meeting an Oct. 2, 1963, Kennedy ordered the withdrawal of the first 1,000 advisers from Vietnam by Dec. 31, 1963, and the completion of the withdrawal of all American advisers from Vietnam by Dec. 31, 1965.
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3. At the White House press conference on Nov. 14, 1963, Kennedy stated, in response to a question about Vietnam, “I don’t want the United States to have to put troops there.”
In response to another question, he said, “Now that is our object, to bring Americans home, to permit the South Vietnamese to maintain themselves as a free and independent country.” Kennedy was assassinated eight days later.
4. The U.S. embassy in Saigon, acting on Kennedy’s orders, was beginning the withdrawal of the first 1,000 American advisers from Vietnam when Johnson became president on Nov. 22, 1963.
President Kennedy’s objective was never anything other than supporting and strengthening a government in South Vietnam that would be able to successfully defend itself against the communist threat through the provision of U.S. economic, financial, material and technical aid.
The war in Vietnam was, in fact, the direct result of a sequence of planned, purposeful, treacherous acts by a cabal of Democratic Party conspirators led and directed by Lyndon Baines Johnson and Robert Strange McNamara.
As an adjunct to the evil treachery of Johnson and McNamara, the leftist liberal cultural elite aristocracy and the Democratic Party, through their lackeys, toadies and propaganda hacks in the news and entertainment industry, have been able to conceal the true origins of the war in Vietnam and to reassign responsibility for the consequences of the war crimes of Johnson and McNamara to others, primarily to America’s Vietnam war veterans, by means of news and entertainment industry propaganda.
Johnson, McNamara and the Democratic Party sacrificed 60,248 American soldiers killed, 519,000 Americans wounded, 223,748 South Vietnamese soldiers killed and 499,026 wounded, 2,587,000 South Vietnamese civilians killed and at least 3,000,000 civilians wounded and 1,400,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers killed.
The North gives an estimate of 1,500,000 soldiers wounded. Wounded and dying enemy soldiers lying on the battlefield cry for their mothers, just like wounded and dying American GI’s do.
North Vietnam has no record of the putative “collateral” civilian casualties of Johnson’s air war on the North. Outside observers make a very conservative educated estimate of 1,250,000 North Vietnamese civilians killed by the U.S. air raids, and set the number of wounded at about 2,500,000 North Vietnamese civilians – men, women, innocent little kids and babies.
President Johnson ordered the terror bombing, strafing and shelling of civilian populations, including women and helpless little children and babies in “free fire zones,” in order to validate his manhood, to enhance his personal prestige and to get himself elected The President For Real.
President Johnson also sacrificed 4,407 South Korean soldiers killed and an estimated 13,000 wounded, 475 Australians and New Zealanders killed, 2,348 wounded and 350 Thai soldiers killed, 1,305 wounded.
Accordingly, the total Butcher’s Bill for Johnson, McNamara and the Democratic Party is more than 13 million: to wit, 13,279,688. This number is the total of the 5,233,980 people killed and the 8,043,679 wounded and includes the 2,029 U.S. “MIA as Dead.”
The lessons to be learned from the evil treachery, fraud, deceit, lies, betrayal, war crimes and treason of Lyndon Baines Johnson and his butt-boy Robert Strange McNamara, must not be ignored when politicians seek to promote self-serving military adventures in the future.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, “The Life of Reason” (1905-1906), Vol. 1, Reason in Common Sense.
God Bless America!
Hugh A. Roberts