And this was during the Vietnam war, when instant communication, such as internet and satellite TV, was largely unavailable.
I’ve just finished reorganizing some of my Election 2004 essays. One, about John Kerry’s anti-war activities and the North Vietnamese, struck me because of how it applies today to opportunists like Jack Murtha, leftover Marxists, airhead celebrities, America haters, and virtually the entire Democratic congressional and party leadership. Here’s what Erika Holzer and I wrote two years ago:
Fox News Channel has just reported that “in his 1985 memoir about the [Vietnam] war, communist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap wrote that if it weren’t for organizations like Kerry’s Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Hanoi would have surrendered to the United States.” This is not the first time Vietnamese communist leaders have credited the anti-War movement in the United States with bolstering the formers determination to stay the course.
In our “Aid and Comfort”: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam, we wrote that “Fonda’s trip to Hanoi sent a message not only to the American public, but to the North Vietnamese as well.” Here is an exchange between The Wall Street Journal and Col. Bui Tin, a dedicated Communist cadre for most of his life, and one of the first officers of the North Vietnamese army to enter Saigon on the day it fell.
Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi’s victory?
A: It was essential to our strategy. Support for the war from our rear [from China] was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda . . . gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda . . . said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us. (Emphasis added) (Read the rest)
Now imagine the extent to which Jack Murtha's constant "pep talks" (sarc) regarding our soldiers' mission are in fact true pep talks to al-Qaeda and the other Islamo-fascist monsters, who by virtue of his words find the strength to get up and fight another day? Given today's age of instant communication, the words fall trippingly off of Mr. Murtha's toungue, and right onto the eyes and ears of our soldiers' (and our) enemies.
The terrorists who bomb innocent Iraqi civilians and kill and maim our soldiers have no better friend than one Congressman John. P. Murtha.
But you know, I think he just doesn't care.But I know that PA-12's voters do.