|An illegal act of pre-emptive
aggression unsanctioned by international law or world opinion.
||An illegal act of pre-emptive aggression unsanctioned by
international law or world opinion.
|Fabricated “Gulf Of Tonkin
Attack” fools Congress.
||“Weapons of Mass Destruction” claims fool Congress.
|Sold as a war to promote
democracy, and to fight communism, actually an imperial war for rubber and
||Sold as a war to promote democracy, a battle in the “war on
terror,” actually an imperial war to control pricing and flow of oil.
|Upwards of 2 Million
Vietnamese civilians die. (Lots of images on TV screen).
||Estimates of Iraqi deaths range from 45,000 to 655,000 and
counting. (TV images suppressed).
|55,000 American soldiers
||Over 2,804 American soldiers dead, so far.
|Tens of thousands of U.S.
service members wounded, physically and mentally; treatment inadequate.
||Over 20,000 U.S. service members wounded, so far; veterans’
|Agent Orange health effects
||Depleted uranium health effects denied.
|Government lies to press
called “credibility gaps.”
||Government lies accepted as “information warfare.”
|US media celebrate start of
war, question war as protests increase, some coverage from north’s point of
||US media celebrate start of war, question war as protests
increase, reporters are stuck in the green zone.
|Flag draped coffins come home.
Johnson, McNamara, Nixon attended funerals.
||Flag draped coffins concealed from view. Bush, Rumsfeld ignore
funerals, media follow suit.
|Arrogant Defense Secretary
McNamara sees “light at the end of the tunnel.”
||Arrogant Defense Secretary Rumsfeld sees “long hard slog” to
|Demonstration elections held
in Vietnam, “Free Elections” celebrated by press.
||Press credits Bush with securing “Free Elections” in Iraq,
Voter insistence on US withdrawal ignored.
|Resistance and casualties keep
||Resistance and casualties keep growing.
|President Johnson’s domestic
“War On Poverty” lost to military spending.
||Bush throws up hands: can’t fund health care and other urgent
|U.S. allies angry and
||U.S. allies angry and alienated.
|“Vietnamization” plan to train
South Vietnam Army, and gradually withdraw U.S. troops.
||Attempts to train Iraqi Army to take brunt for fighting
(permanently backed up by U.S. Military bases) countered vigorously by Iraqi
|Prisoners in south tortured
and held in “tiger cages,” U.S. POW’s tortured and killed in the north.
||Iraqi prisoners tortured at Abu Ghraib, U.S. troops tortured
|U.S. troops first to reveal
war crimes, such as the My Lai Massacre.
||U.S. troops leak images from Abu Ghraib.
|Use of illegal munitions,
napalm, cluster bombs and Agent Orange used on civilians.
||Use of illegal munitions, cluster bombs, napalm-like firebombs
and depleted uranium used on civilians.
|U.S. troops finally withdrawn
after 11 years.
||U.S. builds permanent military bases in Iraq and, in the Green
Zone, the largest embassy in the world.