Monday, May 30, 2016

Obama's Ho Chi Minh Trail

On his visit to meet with Communist leaders in Vietnam, Obama criticized the United States for having, “too much money in our politics, and rising economic inequality, racial bias in our criminal justice system.” He praised Ho Chi Minh’s evocation of the “American Declaration of Independence” and claimed that we had “shared ideals” with the murderous Communist dictator.

Shortly after the “evocation” that Obama praised, his beloved Ho was hard at work purging the opposition, political and religious. When Obama references these “shared ideals”, does he perhaps mean Ho’s declaration, “All who do not follow the line laid down by me will be broken.”

Perhaps he means the euphemistically named “land reform” which may have killed up to a million people. Like Stalin and Mao, Ho Chi Minh seized land and executed property owners as “enemies of the state”. The original plan had been to murder one in a thousand. But the relatively modest plan for mass murder was swiftly exceeded by the enthusiastic Communist death squads.

Obama has consistently called for wealth redistribution. This is what it really looks like. It’s men being hung from trees or lying in dirt dying of malaria. It’s death squads coming in the night. It’s a declaration that you are to be executed because you are the wrong class in a class war. It’s a man condemned to hard labor in a New Economic Zone and a family starving to death because the regime has commanded that they must be made an example of to other peasants.

What’s wrong with a little wealth redistribution anyway?

As Obama said, on his visit to the brutal Communist dictatorship in Cuba, “So often in the past there’s been a sharp division between left and right, between capitalist and communist or socialist... And especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate, right? Oh, you know, you’re a capitalist Yankee dog, and oh, you know, you’re some crazy communist that’s going to take away everybody’s property... you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it neatly fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory — you should just decide what works.”

Does Vietnam’s Communist dictatorship work? Obama seems to think that it does, talking up the, “skyscrapers and high-rises of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and new shopping malls and urban centers. We see it in the satellites Vietnam puts into space”. What’s a million dead when you’ve got satellites in space? What does it matter if you don’t have freedom of speech when there are skyscrapers in Ho Chi Minh City?

Unlike Pol Pot, whose genocidal crimes leftist activists like Noam Chomsky tried and failed to cover up, the Communist butchery in Vietnam that took place even long before the Vietnam War has largely been erased from common history. The victims of Ho Chi Minh and his successors have become non-persons not just in Vietnam, but in Washington D.C. Instead Obama associates one of history’s bloodiest Communist butchers with Thomas Jefferson.

What of the Declaration of Independence was there in Ho’s concentration camps? The brutal Communist regime whose ideals Obama praises, sent political dissidents to camps. Are those the ideals he shares with Uncle Ho?

Obama praises the “Vietnamese constitution, which states that ‘citizens have the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and have the right of access to information, the right to assembly, the right to association, and the right to demonstrate.’ That’s in the Vietnamese constitution.”

The Soviet constitution had the same empty guarantees. The Nhan Van-Giai Pham intellectuals who were purged can testify that these words were as meaningless as those of the Vietnamese Declaration of Independence which Obama had quoted earlier. More relevantly the fourth article of the Vietnamese Constitution states that the “The Communist Party of Vietnam... the faithful representative of the interests of the working class, laborers and the whole nation, acting upon the Marxist-Leninist doctrine and Ho Chi Minh's thought, is the leading force of the State and society.” That means there’s no freedom of speech, press, assembly or anything else except within the confines of Marxist-Leninist doctrine and Uncle Ho’s cunning distortions that fooled almost as many American leftists as Uncle Joe’s plans for Eastern Europe fooled Western European leftists.

Obama equates a Communist dictatorship to America in an ugly display of moral equivalence. “This is an issue about all of us, each country, trying to consistently apply these principles.” Vietnam locked up political bloggers for “abusing their freedom” just this March. According to Obama, America has “too much money in politics”. Vietnam doesn’t have that problem. It only has one party. The Communist Party.

Vietnam only has one party because its Communist leaders banned, purged and criminalized the opposition. But Obama doesn’t think that Communism is a particularly bad thing.

In his speech, he dismissed the Vietnam War as being caused by “fears of Communism” that overcame our “shared ideals”. Why were we afraid of Communism? It might have had to do something with the mass murder of 94 million people by Communist regimes. It might have a few things to do with concentration camps, bans of political parties and the imprisonment and execution of those practicing freedom of speech, assembly and the press.

Our “fears of Communism” were as real and valid as our “fears of Nazism”. It is only the fellow travelers of the left who deny this undeniable fact.

After one bout of mass murder, Ho Chi Minh dismissed his crimes with the words, “One cannot waken the dead.” Obama clearly agrees. The dead, American and Vietnamese, must be written off as part of an unfortunate conflict. We must forget why they died and embrace their killers.

Obama marked the lives lost on “both sides” as if the Communist terror squads butchering Vietnamese farmers or massacring Catholics were somehow morally the equal of American soldiers dying to stop them. Lives were also lost on both sides when America fought the Nazis. Reagan was rightly criticized for that sort of moral equivalence when he equated Nazi soldiers at Bitburg and concentration camp victims. And yet the liberals who protested that equivalence have nothing but applause when Obama equates murdered American soldiers and butchered Vietnamese families with their Communist killers.

When Viet Cong terrorists threw grenades into markets, are we supposed to mourn the children who were torn apart by shrapnel and the grenade throwers as morally equivalent? If we equate “the names of 58,315 Americans who gave their lives in the conflict” with the evil they were fighting, then we render their sacrifice worthless.

Their deaths become a meaningless mistake in an unnecessary war caused by our failure to understand our “shared ideals” with Ho Chi Minh and our irrational fear of Communist concentration camps.

That is Obama’s real message. We should have adapted some aspects of Communism and learned from our shared values. We should have closed our eyes to Ho Chi Minh’s atrocities as a matter of having to break human eggs to make Socialist omelets while celebrating him as another Thomas Jefferson.

That is the way the left saw it. That is still the way it sees it.

Obama’s trip to Vietnam is not a mere strategic journey, but yet another opportunity for him to remind us that the left has not repented or recanted of its solidarity and support for Communist terror whether in Cuba, in Vietnam or anywhere else. It still sees every Communist dictator as a role model worth emulating and every Communist mass grave as the price that must be paid for a better world.


Anonymous said...

How benevolent of Obama to cast his gaze to the "Universally Shared Eutopia" of engineered equality. Can we now finally recognize his membership in the "Dear Leader Club" of smiling despots down through history?

Anonymous said...

The biggest shame of Barack Obama is that he really thinks he is one of "them" and they are laughing almost directly in his face. They see him as he really is: arrogant, self absorbed, pretentious, intellectually lacking and immature. Did I miss anyting?

Infidel said...

Thanks. I'm beginning to perceive things like that as "government gone wrong" or "government getting too powerful". I realized there was some problem with government as compared to private business in the early 1970s, but only in the last few years did I begin to realize what enormous inefficiencies the government places on the private sector. Plus the obvious stupid brutality when government power is unchecked.

Alex in Montana said...

This Thursday I get the 50th Anniversary Award for military duty during the Vietnam War from my Congressman here in Montana, Navy Seal Commander, Ryan Zinke. I enlisted in 1965. Vietnam was stupid and accomplished nothing according to Obama and his Cultural/Economic friends: The Democrats.

I spoke to General William Westmoreland some 25 to 30 years ago about the war in Washington DC. We both came to the same conclusion. The Vietnam War gave the rest of Southeast Asia time and space to defeat Communism.

Don't believe that? Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of modern Singapore did. It's GDP per Capita was like Vietnam's back in 1963. Today its GDP per capita exceeds that of the US. Lee Kuan Yew understood this as did Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines and so forth.

I never feel fighting Communists, Nazis, Fascists and Japanese butchers is bad. I won't apologize for a second.

Today we are fighting the religious/political system known as Islam, a belief system very close to The International Socialists (Communists) and the National Socialist(Nazis).

I have no problem eradicating them, same as the Communists. None whatsoever. There is a special place in hell awaiting Obama.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love this guy... he's going to take it to the limit, right up until Inauguration Day.

I think he should invite the North Koreans and Iranians to open new exhibits at Epcot. Obama can cut the ribbon on opening day.

Didn't Obama forgo federal matching funds in '08? Yes, we can!

fsy said...

Reagan was rightly criticized for that sort of moral equivalence when he equated Nazi soldiers at Bitburg and concentration camp victims.

I just read in a book by a prominent neuroscientist (The Wisdom Paradox, by Elkhonon Goldberg) who was also an admirer of Reagan, that he thinks that the Bitburg visit was an early sign of Alzheimer's. Although that may have something to say about how we should monitor our political figures' mental health, it does somewhat mitigate the criticism of Reagan himself.

m2s said...

Obama was elected twice by the American people; the first time as an anti Bush vote and the second time as an anti Romney vote. In both elections, they ignored his background with friends and associates of the extreme left and communist/socialist organizations and in the last election his first term record. So when Obama snuggles up to communist leaders, apologizes for American history and changes the American culture in favor of socialism, he is doing what he essentially said he was going to do - it was all in his background and record. And now the American people are about to repeat what they did in the last two presidential elections - elect someone who has no interest in preserving a constitutional America but only to rule as a dictator and serve themselves. They could have nominated better candidates but they didn't. Once again, they will reap what they have sown.

Anonymous said...

Seven more months of "dear Leader" ie, our commie president. Let us hope he does minimum damage in that time.

Doug Mayfield said...

Obama has been embracing cheap murdering tyrants of both the Left, in Castro's Cuba and Chavez's Venezuela, and Islam controlled states, the Palestinians, since day one in office. While doing so, he has consistently snubbed, or outright hamstrung, our allies, particularly Israel

Although I am not Jewish and perhaps should not comment, I must admit that I find the continued support by many Jews of Obama and the Left in general to be quite surprising. I say this because in my view, Obama and the Left have done everything they possibly can to destroy Israel, the one country in the Middle East in which there is respect for freedom and individual rights.

Anonymous said...

I was in Saigon in 1969. Even though I was a non-combatant I saw my share of the war. I didn't see tall buildings but I saw men standing tall. Now I get to see Obama crawl.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I'm really looking forward to the U.S. leg of Obama's worldwide apology tour. Though the backdrop of April's symbolic 151st anniversary hath passed, it's going to be great when we put the War Between the States behind us through the powerful reconciliation and healing only Barack Obama can provide. It will certainly stir all Americans when Obama goes to Richmond and pronounces his regret for the way Union military brought the Civil War to its end during1864-65. These were the years of the full fury of Lincoln's total war, featuring the cruel attrition warfare of Grant's Overland Campaign, the viciousness of his Vicksburg and Petersburg sieges, the scorched-earth fury of Sherman's March to the Sea, Sheridan's ruthless destruction of the Shenandoah Valley, and the cruelty of Admiral Porter's naval blockade. We have so much to apologize for! Only then will the United States of America have truly atoned for its sins. Obama must go to Richmond and beg mercy beneath Jefferson Davis's statue, he must plant a small confederate flag at Robert E. Lee's grave, and then he must go to Appomattox and hug a Daughter of the Confederacy. After all, the arc of history demands this reckoning through Obama's divine conscience, and free the nation once and for all from the admonishments of the "international community." Then, to punctuate our contrition, as a full-hearted gesture, we should put Oprah on the $5 bill, raze the Lincoln Memorial, and let the stars and bars fly proudly over Arlington House again. Yes we can! Yes we must!

gstarr said...

Obama -- A communist is as a communist does...............

Dennis Latham said...

As a Marine Vietnam veteran who lost many friends in that war, I find any relations with a Communist country to be an extreme insult to everything we fought and died for in the war. We killed three million Vietnamese and lost 58,000. Yet, we are still considered to have lost that war. What a joke. They put shrines up in Nam of American soldiers when they build some new buildings and offer the dead Americans food and whiskey so they won't curse the building. They even fear our dead. We could have won that war if given the chance, but politics and oil stopped us and cost lives. The life of one Marine isn't worth the entire country under Communists. Jane Fonda should be made to live there as a peasant and Obama should go there and live in a collective. I hate that place as much as I despise politics and the Left.

Anonymous said...

How you dare to criticize dear leader, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient for his many accomplishments, e.g. ummmm, well, let me think. I know he has a nobel peace prize. There you are, a legend in the making

Mr. Cohen said...

Please read my pro-Israel post on the Shiloh Musings blog:

Anonymous said...

The problem is that no one under 42 years old has any understanding of what the Sultan is talking about.All high school and college students can identify and condemn Hitler maybe even equate him to Trump; however, how many know Stalin, chairman Mao or Ho? Very few.

Anonymous said...

Kerry was, and still is an IDIOT along with "Hanoi" Jane Fonda and her minion commie lovers. JFK promised the S Vietnamese our assistance in combating communism. Korea was a beginning until LBJ and the demowit congress defunded the Vietnam war. Nixon save some face when he allowed bombing the crap out of Hanoi. We were fighting and killing conscripts, the young and old, the unfit and those that were hopped up on opium. The body count; US/vc-nva was 1 to 11 +. We even brought in some dead Ruskie advisors. The USSR furnished their MIGs and weapons and munitions as did the Chinese and N Koreans. We were wining the battles and war, until the US pinko politicians gave it away. US Navy vet, 1966-1970; Hospitalman, FMF Corpsman "Doc", Pharmacy Tech; The "Big E" (CVN-65), USS Repose (AH-16), USS Lexington (CVA/S/T-16); Anchors Aweigh, Semper Fi, Ooorah.

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