Doesn't Recall Protests Against Vietnam [Read the Last Sentence: the Dumbest Comparison I've Ever Seen]

RECEIVED Thu., July 8, 2004

Dear Editor,
   A stolen election, the U.S. going to war under false pretenses, and government officials making millions off defense contracts – that "documentary" about George W. Bush? Hardly! In 1960 the presidential election had several instances of voter fraud; the Texas Republican Party sent over 10,000 registered letters to voters in South Texas, using the "poll-tax" rolls (in those days you had to pay a fee to vote – a leftover from Reconstruction). Over 4,000 of the letters were returned, marked "addressee unknown," "dead," "moved," etc. – but virtually every one of them voted Democratic in the election! There were similar occurrences in Illinois and West Virginia. If Richard Nixon had demanded a recount and voter verification, it is quite possible he would have been president, not Jack Kennedy!
   When Lyndon Johnson demanded war powers after the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, and the war in Vietnam escalated in August of 1968, Brown and Root got all the contracts for military installations and other related projects. One of the stockholders of the company was Lady Bird Johnson, who made huge profits from the war, and indirectly, the lives of U.S. soldiers! The way the Johnson administration ran the war actually lengthened it; had the military been given free reign, it would have been much shorter, with far fewer casualties!
   It is now known that the Tonkin Incident never happened, and the president was aware of the fact, yet the lie was used to escalate the war, and eventually cost over 50,000 U.S. lives!
   I don't recall any howls of protest over the election, the profiteering by members of the administration, or the false pretense for war, much less a "documentary" about them! (I guess to the media it's morally acceptable for Democrats to do these things, but not the Republicans!)
   As to the connection between Saddam Hussein and bin Laden – no one has ever found any positive written proof Adolf Hitler ordered the Holocaust!
John G. Dana
   [Ed. responds: "I don't recall any howls of protest ..." Okay, you're kidding right? Endless demonstrations across the country against the war, including specific mentions of administration profiteeering, and countrywide outrage over Tonkin. Years of protests in almost every American city, but you don't recall them. Does this mean they didn't happen? What fiction is this? You don't recall a documentary? Let's start with Hearts and Minds, which won an Academy Award in 1974. Then Far From Vietnam, directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda, Claude Lelouch, Chris Marker, and Alain Resnais, among others, in 1967. Also, among others, Santiago Alvarez's Solidaridad Cuba y Vietnam in 1965, Felix Greene's Inside North Vietnam in 1967, Oliver Stone's short "Last Year In Vietnam," and John Ford's pro-war Vietnam! Vietnam!, both in 1971.]
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