I usually don’t add on 3 blogs in one day but when it comes to Satan’s Anchorman, it’s worth noting that he did as much to secure defeat in Vietnam as anyone and the aftermath is still felt today whether you’re a sweatshop worker still toiling under that Soviet-backed communist regime, the bones littering the killing fields of Cambodia, or a Latin American strongman threatening to overthrow a democracy. The precedent stands when a US President sits on his hands.
The interview with NV Colonel Bui Tin from the Wall Street Journal in 1995:
Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi’s victory?
A: It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear 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, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.
Q: Did the Politburo pay attention to these visits?
A: Those people represented the conscience of America. The conscience of America was part of its war-making capability, and we were turning that power in our favor. America lost because of its democracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win.
Of course, the “Conscience of America” is a direct reference to Walter Cronkite. Though they could win one battle they knew they could not win the war without the help of Cronkite. And boy, did they ever get it. He may have been wearing a suit on tv but he might has well have been dressed in a pair of black pajamas. Indeed, Walter Cronkite was the Original Pajamas Media.
It’s no wonder that whenever America faces an enemy - be they an entrenched Marxist dictatorship, a teetering rogue nation, or a pack of Islamofascist hyenas that they can never underestimate what an ally they have in the American media.
For every Cronkite dead, there’s a thousand aspiring J-school students clamoring or MSNBC anchors willing to throw a sympathetic hug on a terrorist or a dictator and spit in our country’s face.
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