And I'll give this much to Clooney: he might very well be right about most Democrats; they might truly be doves who were too cowardly to vote that way. And Clooney deserves credit for saying this and then forthrightly proclaiming himself essentially a Leftie appeaser and a dove (though he calls himself a liberal).
By doing this, he unknowingly proves that the Left was wrong then, and they're wrong now. Here's what he wrote:
"... that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake. And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda ..."
1 - The Vietnam War was NOT A MISTAKE, abandoning our South Vietnamese allies was a mistake. The truth is, the Vietnam War was a noble war - and one we were winning.
The South Vietnamese were fighting largely on their own when the DEMOCRAT LIBERALS in Congress pulled the plug on them in 1975 - that's TWO YEARS AFTER ALL U.S. TROOPS HAD BEEN WITHDRAWN!
This financial ABANDONMENT of the emerging democracy in South Vietnam led to their collapse against an INVASION by the North Vietnamese Marxist tryants - in violation of the Paris Peace Accord. This led directly to 2 million Vietnamese refugees - The Boat people - fleeing Marxist oppression. Another 500,000 South Vietnamese were put into "re-education camps" - (real "GULAGS," not like Gitmo). And, the collapse of South Vietnam led directly to the victory of Pol Pot in Cambodia and to the 3.5 MILLION people murdered there by Pol Pot's Marxist tryanny - THUS PROVING THAT THE DOMINO THEORY WAS TRUE.
(YUP: THE DOMINO THEORY - A MAJOR REASON FOR OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE VIETNAM WAR, WAS TRUE. AND AFTER VIETNAM FELL, SO DID OTHER NATIONS IN SE ASIA, AND SOON AFTER, SO DID AFGHANISTAN. AND THEN, THE JIHADOTERRORISTS TOOK OVER IRAN, AND THE LONG WAR BEGAN. ALL WERE THE RESULT OF THE DOVES AND DOVISH APPEAEMENT OF THE USSR. ONLY THE HAWKISH POLICIES OF REAGAN REVERSED THAT. I OPPOSED THEM AT THE TIME, BUT LOOKING BACK, I CAN SEE THAT REAGAN WAS RIGHT.)
If we had stuck by our allies in the South of Vietnam - the way we have our allies in South Korea, then today the South Vietnamese would be as rich and as free as South Koreans instead of being as tyrannized and as poor as North Koreans!
NEED MORE PROOF THAT WE WERE RIGHT? HERE:The Vietnamese communist tyrants - who TODAY still throw people in jail for just trying to exercise their human rights, like freedom of expression! - are now BEGGING for USA investment. YUP: the Vietnamese now WANT THE USA TO INVEST IN VIETNAM!I KNOW ALL THIS STUFF BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS; I was a teenage dove then - against the Vietnam War and a Leftie. AND, NOW I CAN ADMIT THAT ME AND THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT WERE WRONG, AND WHAT WE DID WAS BAD. Clooney should grow up and admit it , too.
Well, if - instead of fighting us for a decade - they had let us and our allies in the South redevelop Vietnam, then they'd have had THAT INVESTMENT FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS - and 2 million Vietnamese wouldn't have died in the war.
YUP: if the Vietnam War was a mistake for ANYONE, it was a mistake for the North Vietnamese - who now beg for the very same capitalist investments that they fought against from 1963-1975. What a waste. And it proves that THE NORTH VIETNAMESE MARXIST WERE WRONG, NOT US.2 - McCarthy was NOT wrong, and he was not on a "witchhunt".
McCarthy was ONLY trying to expose communists, and communist sypathizers in the State Department and the US Army. AND GUESS WHAT? There were Soviet agents in the Army and the State department. Since the collpase of the USSR, this has all been proved. Hiss WAS a spy. The Rosenbergs were SPIES. And so were all the other people McCarthy exposed.
Contrary to what Clooney, and other misinformed Lefties think, McCarthy had NO INVOLVEMENT in the Hollywood "blacklist" or any other Congressional effort to combat the American communists. McCarthy was NOT even on the House Un-American Activities Committee. REMEMBER: he was a SENATOR! And remember: witchhunts are bad because there's no such thing as witches. But there were communists infiltrating our government. Soviet agents in our Army and State Department were a real threat. People - like Clooney - who call the hunt for these Soviet agents a "witchhunt" are wrong.
3 - Contrary to what Clooney and othe Loony Lefties think, Saddam had numerous ties to al Qaeda and other jihadoterrorist groups. This has been proven over and over again.
SURE: SADDAM HAD NO PROVEN TIES TO 9/11 - BUT THIS IS A LEFT-WING SMEAR AND A RED-HERRING: Bush NEVER SAID SADDAM HAD TIES TO 9/11.
NEED PROOF?! Well, Bush asked for - and got - a SEPARATE RESOLUTION TO ATTACK SADDAM. (This is the resolution which many Democrats supported - at the time - and this is the resolution which Clooney says they should have voted against, and would have if they had the courage of their convictions.)
BUT, IF BUSH HAD REALLY ASSERTED SADDAM WAS CONNECTED TO 9/11 - (AS CLOONEY INSINUATES) - THEN BUSH DID NOT NEED TO GET A SEPARATE RESOLUTION TO ATTACK HIM; HE COULD HAVE JUST USED THE SEPTEMBER 2001 AUMF WHICH AUTHORIZED THE POTUS TO ATTACK THE PERPETRATORS OF 9/11 AND THEIR AFFILIATES.
And if Clooney and other Leftie doves actually bothered to read the 2002 Iraq War Resolution and Bush's speech to the UN General Assembly in September of 2002, then they'd discover that WMD's were only one of nearly two-dozen reasons to attack and depose Saddam.
And these reasons are nearly all "classically liberal" - which is to say "neo-con"; that is, based on the idea that all people EVERYWHERE deserve to be free. This is what we're fighting for in Iraq. And this is what classical liberals like FDR and Truman and JFK believed in - and, they all believed that sometimes you have to fight a war over it.
YO CLOONEY, LOOK AT IT THIS WAY: if it was right for "liberals" to support Rosa Parks and send freedom-riders into the south (to demolish segregation and the KKK, too) - in order to help Blacks win their rights, then it is right to help ALL other people - yup, ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE - win their rights, too. In fact, it's our duty.
Sound too radical to you, George? Too neo-con? Well, it's what FDR said in his most famous "liberal" speech - THE FOUR FREEDOMS. I suggest you and you liberal/dove friends read it - or listen to it. It's a neo-conservative speech if ever there was one! In fact, it could have been delivered by Bush YESTERDAY!
Clooney is at best useful idiot and a dupe, and like other anti-war dupes - his anti-war idiocies serve the enemy. CLOONEY SHOULD SHUT UP AND ACT.
THE REAL DANGER IS THIS:
THAT'S WHY WE MUST NEVER LET THE LEFT WIN THE WHITE HOUSE OR CONGRESS.
If DOVES like Clooney (and Kerry and Kennedy) EVER take over the Congress or the White House, then they'll do to the Iraqis and the Afghanis what they did to the South Vienamese: abandon them. And they'll appease the jihadoterrorists the way they appeased the USSR.
(Doves are doves are doves are doves. Doves didn't defeat Hitler, or the USSR. They won't win The Long War, either.)
PS: HEY GEORGE (regarding the Civil Rights Movement and Rosa Parks): a higher percentage of GOP members of Congress voted for the US Civil Rights Act then Democrats did - FACT!