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George McGovern: A Conservative's Appreciation

Frederick78 Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 7:03 AM
Good article by someone who knew McGovern personally. But I have a couple observations: McGovern was a dedicated leftist who preferred a European style of socialism for the American people and worked hard to make it a reality. In part, he laid the foundation for the mess we are in today. With regard to his views on war, as a B-24 pilot with 35 combat mission, he more than most people should have understood that it's not the war that's wrong, it's how the war is fought that is the problem. The military does not declare wars--the president and/or congress does. And victory over a determined opponent is only attained by crushing his will to continue to fight. In Vietnam, we needed to overwhelm North Vietnam quickly and violently.
Steve of CA Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 2:16 PM
"nd victory over a determined opponent is only attained by crushing his will to continue to fight. In Vietnam, we needed to overwhelm North Vietnam quickly and violently."

What should we have done in your view?
WestTexan Wrote: Oct 23, 2012 11:53 AM
Former South Dakota Democratic Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday, had all manner of evil said about him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was called unpatriotic, disloyal, an appeaser and an enabler of communism. Those were the printable slanders.

Many conservatives at the time believed in the "domino theory," that if South Vietnam fell to the communists, all Asia would follow. That proved untrue. McGovern was eventually vindicated in many minds about America's involvement in Vietnam.

I will remember him for something other than his politics. George McGovern was a friend.

After his Senate...