An American Amnesia is a terrific new book that is somewhat mistitled in that most of us got our information from an American media that misrepresented and suppressed the facts about the Viet Nam and Southeast Asian war. It’s not that we forgot what happened. We just never knew what happened because CBS/NBC/ABC/NYT never told us the truth.
Once Nixon put the pressure on North Viet Nam in December of 1972 by ordering massive bombing strikes deep into North Viet Nam’s military and industrial complexes the communists knew they were beaten, and finally agreed to a peace treaty in January of 1973 in which America and South Viet Nam got everything they’d asked for.
But the liberals had just seized Congress in a wave of anti-war sentiment fueled, in large part, by a media that was actively working against the war and misreporting on a grand scale.
Between the 94th Congress defunding the aid that was promised to South Viet Nam, crafting and passing the unconstitutional War Powers act, and the resignation of Nixon later that year, the North realized that they had a new opportunity and eventually caused the collapse of South Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos within a couple of years.
That collapse ushered in atrocities on a monumental scale, causing the deaths of over 3 million people across the region, all because of the acts of a leftist Congress with the likes of Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy, Tip O’Neill and Bill Clinton’s ‘mentor’ J. William Fulbright, who remarked upon the surrender of South Viet Nam that he was ‘no more depressed than I would be about Arkansas losing a football game to Texas.’
The link to the radio interview speaks of Prince Matak of Cambodia, lamenting the fact that he’d trusted America. Four days later his country was seized and he was executed. This is what happened next, according to the author, Bruce Herschensohn…
On April the 17th, 1975, the Cambodian Government surrendered. The Khmer Rouge came into the capital city of Phnom Penh and ordered its immediate evacuation as well as ordering the evacuation of all other urban areas of Cambodia. Surgeries in progress at PKM Hospital were ordered stopped and the doctors, nurses, and those undergoing surgery were either executed or ordered out of the hospital for their journey into the fields. Those who were not in surgery but did not rise fast enough on orders were murdered in their beds. ….
The next day all married couples were separated, their children taken away or compelled to watch their parents tortured and executed, often by decapitation, while the chief method of execution was to have the person’s skull smashed by hammer. Bullets were considered to be too precious to be wasted on such things……
For those living, all familiy names were changed and their birth-names forbidden from use so that none could locate other member of their families…..
All the street signs were whitewashed. All money was declared illegal, with rice as the only currency.
In the meantime, Democrats in Congress are quoted as to have said at the time….
Chris Dodd: The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is not guns, but peace, and the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now.
George McGovern: Cambodians would be better off if we stopped all aid to them and let them work things out in their own way.
The stuff in this book about the media is damning. The stuff about the incalcitrant and traitorous Democrats is even worse. Herschensohn goes on to explain how that same Congress went on to eviscerate our intelligence community, betray our allies and set the course for the events of 9/11.
Get this book. You won’t be able to put it down.