Time to Say
Thanks to the
minute-by-minute TV coverage of the Iraq War the American people are being
shown what fine men and women we have in our armed forces and how wrong
so many Americans were about our Vietnam vets.
What we are
learning from the coverage of the Iraq War is just how good a people we
Americans are, and how much credit we owe to those courageous Marines,
soldiers and sailors who are showing the world what we are made of.
For the first
time in our lives we are watching a war unfold in real time, and we are
seeing first hand what the enemy is doing, which is what our totalitarian
enemies have always done in the face of battle. We are seeing that there
is good and there is evil in the world and we are demonstrating that we
are the good guys battling one of the most evil regimes in world history
Ė a regime that will ruthlessly use women, that will use children, that
will use mosques and hospitals and schools as weapons. And we are watching
our armed forces show they are willing to risk their lives rather than
attack these helpless human shields and institutions so callously thrown
into harmís way by their own government.
They do this
because they know that we are good. They know that we will not kill women
and children to get at them, that we uplift life, we donít needlessly take
life. They know that we revere religious symbols, and they donít. They
But what has
happened in America over the years is that we have been made to feel by
our professors, and our schools and our media that we are somehow evil
is no difference between us and people like Saddam and his murderous henchmen.
That the other side is always right and America is always wrong.
But we have
seen that difference in recent weeks Ė we have seen women and children
forced into a blue van and sent to race through a checkpoint to be killed.
We have seen Iraqi forces firing their own missiles into a crowded market
place and killing their fellow Iraqis in a failed effort to blame the U.S.
for their atrocities. And we have seen U.S. forces go to extraordinary
lengths to protect the lives of innocent Iraqi men, women and children,
even when to do so put our men and women at risk.
All this has
made me think back to a time when all this happened before - in Vietnam.
We didnít have talk radio, we didnít have Fox broadcasting, and we didnít
have embedded reporters serving shoulder to shoulder with our troops who
could report back to us instantaneously what was going on the ground, where
we could see what was really happening, as we can now.
As a result
we had to believe the Cronkites and the Peter Arnetts and their ilk and
have them interpret for us what they wanted us to believe was going on
in Vietnam -that American soldiers, sailors and Marines were brutal, uncaring
killers of women and children while the murderous Viet Cong were simply
freedom fighters defending their country from invading U.S. forces.
This is exactly
what Saddam and his regime want us to believe now, but they canít get away
with it, nor can the anti-American media mislead us as they did in Vietnam.
Thanks to the instant war coverage, our troops donít have to worry about
being screamed at and called baby killers as their Vietnam War comrades
were. We now know better than that.
And now that
we see in reality what our military is facing - exactly what they faced
in Vietnam - maybe itís time for us to go up to a Vietnam vet and say "Now
I understand and I just want to say Iím sorry. And thank you from the bottom
of our hearts."
the eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk
radio stations nationally as part of the Premiere Radio Network