Bill Whittle: Losing the Peace in Iraq

History is written by the victors. But it doesn't take a lot of digging to reveal that the history of Vietnam -- written by the American Left -- is not the story of America losing the Vietnam War. America WON the Vietnam War. What America lost was the Vietnam PEACE. In his latest hard-hitting Firewall, Bill Whittle shows how that happened and how the exact same thing is happening in Iraq, as the Left once again tries to pull defeat from the jaws of victory.




Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall.

History, it is said, is written by the victors. And We’ve been told, by the victors, that America lost the Vietnam War. But the victors, in this case, were not the people who actually took possession of the battlefield. 

No, the victors who have written about how we lost the Vietnam War are the American Left. 

But if you dig deep enough – and it turns out you don’t have to dig very deep at all – you will discover that America did not lose the Vietnam War. America won the Vietnam War. What America lost was the Vietnam Peace. 

How simple is this to prove? Well, as with the invasion of Korea, and Berlin, and Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and Poland, and Nicaragua, and Cuba, and Grenada, and El Salvador, the Vietnam War was started by the Left. Communists in North Vietnam invaded the free people of South Vietnam. You can say the South Vietnamese government was corrupt, But that doesn’t mean the South Vietnamese people didn’t deserve to be free. Our government has become largely corrupt and we deserve to be free. All people deserve to be free. This is the idea the Left must destroy.

So the North Vietnamese communists invaded the South. And back and forth, up and down, for about eleven until Richard Nixon decided to not only end, but win the Vietnam War, so he started bombing Hanoi and he didn’t stop bombing Hanoi until the North Vietnamese came to the negotiating table. And there, during the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, The Americans, the South Vietnamese, the Communist North Vietnamese and their insurgent arm, the Viet Cong, signed a peace treaty, the key tenet of which was a guarantee by the United States, not to send more of our men to die but to replace, on a bullet-by-bullet, helicopter-by-helicopter basis, any military hardware expended by the South to repel future incursions.  

That peace treaty left Vietnam exactly as it had been before the communist invasion – the communist invasion of South Vietnam had. Completely. Failed. 

Our victory lasted for two years.

Then In 1974, Richard Nixon was forced from office due to the Watergate scandal. That scandal gave the anti-war Democrats, who had taken the side of North Vietnam and lost -- a landslide victory in the 1974 elections, and in 1975 the 94th Congress voted to defund that Paris Peace Accord agreement. They voted to undo the American victory two years after the war was won. On April 10th, 1975, President Gerald Ford begged congress – literally begged them – to keep our word to our allies. But the anti-war democrats had forked hard – worked for a decade -- for their American defeat, and a week later the Genocide began. North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin, who demanded and received the surrender of Saigon, said after the War that “When Nixon stepped down after Watergate we knew we would win.” The communist North Vietnamese, and the American Left, lost the Vietnam war. Two years later, they won the peace. Then the slaughter began.

The same thing is happening, right now, as we speak, in Iraq. After winning the war we are losing the peace, in precisely the same way we lost the Peace in Vietnam. Whipped and defeated, the enemy lays low for a while – for years. Then, small nibbles around the edges. Then larger bites. And when America stands paralyzed – not just in Iraq but in Libya and Syria and Iran and Korea and the Crimea – then they move and move fast because they know the Left is holding the cards and the Left is the cavalry that they don’t have. And now the slaughter begins. Again.

You don’t have to like the fact that we went into Iraq; you don’t have to like the fact that we went to Vietnam, either, but like it or not both those wars were won through the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of America’s armed forces. And once again, defeat is being snatched from the jaws of victory by the same people as before. Those people are called Democrats. 

It wasn’t always this way. These Democrats fought for Freedom. Foreign-policy-wise, at least, they’d be rock-ribbed Conservatives today.

But, as Iraq falls before our eyes, as the murders accelerate, and as we lose the peace we won due to this President’s inablilty to conclude a simple agreement to keep troops stationed in Iraq – as we did and continue to do to keep the peace in Korea, for almost 65 years now, and Europe, for almost seventy – the man responsible for losing the peace in Iraq will be the same man so responsible for losing the peace in Vietnam – the man who has a plaque in a Hanoi Museum dedicated to his invaluable help in winning for the left the peace in the face of the war they lost. 

And finally, let me just say this: Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. 

So if you say that America should not the be the World’s policeman, believe me: I sympathize. But if you are going to take that position, you need to ask the next question, because the next question is required: if not America, then who? Because if American power is removed from the earth, then what force will rush to fill the vacuum? China? Russia? Or, as we are seeing today: will American power be replaced by Islamists who don’t debate whether or not gays can get married, but rather debate whether it is best to execute them by hanging, stoning or a shot in the back of the head? 

This is the world the Left wants – it’s the world they have always wanted through their invasions and their subversions. And for the second time in our lives and to our undying shame, this looks like what they are going to get it.