FormerDefense Secretary Melvin Laird broke his silence after 30 years.

A veteran of WWII, a nine termsveteran of the House of Representative and four years as Secretary of Defenseunder President Richard M. Nixon, the 84 years old Melvin Laird feels:“It’s time for a reasonable look at both Vietnam and Iraq.” Inan article published on Foreign Affairs November/December issue, he said:

“The truth about Vietnam that revisionisthistorians conveniently forget is that the United States had not lost when wewithdrew in 1973. In fact, we grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory two yearslater when Congress cut off the funding for South Vietnam that had allowed it tocontinue to fight on its own.”

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http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20051101faessay84604/melvin-r-laird/iraq-learning-the-lessons-of-vietnam.html

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