What is this good for … if you’re not a braindead, racist “patriot”?

Too many tears, this morning. Too many memories. I woke up with Edwin Starr’s voice in my mind.

BITD, when I was singing pretty much fulltime, I performed many anti-war songs. Never tried this one on simply because after Edwin Starr’s performances, no one else could touch it.

I just wanted to remind holier-than-thou Americans where we come from as a nation. We’ve already waltzed away from the conscience that grew from our murderous war in VietNam. Maybe a touch remains inside the few folks who understand history lessons and politics. Damned few, as far as I can see.

12 thoughts on “What is this good for … if you’re not a braindead, racist “patriot”?

  1. Snapshot says:

    Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Deer Team members pose with Viet Minh leaders Hồ Chí Minh and Võ Nguyên Giáp during training at Tan Trao, Vietnam, in August 1945.
    PFC Paul Hoagland, the team’s medic, is standing at the right edge of the frame – reportedly he saved Hồ Chí Minh’s life by treating him with quinine and sulfa drugs. https://www.historynet.com/how-american-operatives-saved-the-man-who-started-the-vietnam-war/
    (click image twice to enlarge)

    • p/s says:

      “Ho, Giap and OSS Agent Henry Prunier” [center in above snapshot] https://www.historynet.com/ho-giap-and-oss-agent-henry-prunier/ Lengthy article by Claude G. Berube, who teaches at the United States Naval Academy and has researched the role of the OSS Deer Team extensively.
      Archimedes Leonidas Attilio Patti headed OSS operations in Kunming and Hanoi in 1945. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes_Patti See also “Why Vietnam : Prelude to America’s albatross” By Archimedes Patti. University of California Press, 1980 (.pdf) https://www.chinhnghia.com/Why-Vietnam.pdf
      On August 30, 1945, Hồ Chí Minh invited several people to contribute their ideas toward his Proclamation of Independence, including a number of American OSS officers. OSS officers met repeatedly with Ho Chi Minh and other Viet Minh officers during late August and Archimedes Patti claims to have listened to Ho read to him a draft of the Proclamation and offered several corrections on what he perceived to be a nearly-exact copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
      On September 2, 1945, Hồ Chí Minh read the Proclamation during a public meeting in front of thousands of people, at what is now Ba Đình Square, Hà Nội, announcing the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the country’s independence from France.
      The Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (Tuyên ngôn độc lập Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_of_Independence_of_the_Democratic_Republic_of_Vietnam

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