Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 23, 2005

Precipitous withdrawal?

Filed under: Uncategorized — louisproyect @ 10:55 am

Dear Juan Cole,

I was dismayed to discover a favorable reference to your blog entry against precipitous withdrawal on Marc Cooper’s blog this morning. As you might know, this Nation Magazine journalist is developing the dreaded Hitchens syndrome, for which medical science has yet to discover a cure–except lobotomy perhaps.

After I posted Achcar’s reply to you on this matter to the Marxism list I moderate, one of our subscribers had this to say:

“I heard Cole on DemocracyNow! (www.democracynow.org) this morning and it was unbelievable. What he proposes — especially increased reliance on murder from the air — is in fact the most likely scenario for the kind of escalation of the war that Norman Solomon predicted at zmag.org yesterday. It’s also the scenario Nixon used in the last years of Vietnam — successfully, unfortunately — to whittle away antiwar sentiment. And all of Cole’s specific proposals assumed the right of the US to use military force in Iraq and to determine its political fate.”

He is quite right, you know. Here’s a snippet from Nixon’s Silent Majority Speech of November 3, 1969. It is eerily reminiscent of what the Democratic Party “doves” are saying today. It also strikes me that imperialist politics is continually dusting off old routines for new wars. Remember when the Iraqi resistance was accused of interfering with the electoral process last year? It was the same charge that was leveled against the NLF of Vietnam and the FMLN of El Salvador. An oldie, but baddy.

Richard Nixon:

For the future of peace, precipitate withdrawal would thus be a disaster of immense magnitude.

–A nation cannot remain great if it betrays its allies and lets down its friends.

–Our defeat and humiliation in South Vietnam without question would promote recklessness in the councils of those great powers who have not yet abandoned their goals of world conquest.

–This would spark violence wherever our commitments help maintain the peace-in the Middle East, in Berlin, eventually even in the Western Hemisphere.

Ultimately, this would cost more lives.

It would not bring peace; it would bring more war.

For these reasons, I rejected the recommendation that I should end the war by immediately withdrawing all of our forces. I chose instead to change American policy on both the negotiating front and battlefront.

In order to end a war fought on many fronts, I initiated a pursuit for peace on many fronts.

In a television speech on May 14, in a speech before the United Nations, and on a number of other occasions I set forth our peace proposals in great detail.

–We have offered the complete withdrawal of all outside forces within 1 year.

–We have proposed a cease-fire under international supervision.

–We have offered free elections under international supervision with the Communists participating in the organization and conduct of the elections as an organized political force. And the Saigon Government has pledged to accept the result of the elections.

full: http://watergate.info/nixon/silent-majority-speech-1969.shtml

Yours truly,

Louis Proyect

1 Comment »

  1. Two men were standing in line to order Döner. A pink man with a face like Louis Rockwell, with grey hair covering the tops of his ears and a grey man with very short black hair and a face like Brad Pitt. The pink man said to the Grey man, I tried to seduce this good looking American Segeant by pointing out the obvious parallels to the foriegn policy of Nazi Germany and the USA. I do not understand why my amourous ententions were not answered in a positive manner.
    The Grey man answered, “Because you expect higher standards for the USA than you do for everyone else. That is just plain non sense. People take advantage of their supirior power all over the world. They always have. There is no evidence what so ever that human nature is changing. Why should we refuse to use our power to enrich ourselves when if we fail to do so someone else will just exploit those that we did not exploit. Some people talk of pacifism and what has this talk done for the world? Other people talk of non aggression. Have such sentiments done anything more for the world? Normal people understand the real choice that is faced by anyone present on this planet, will I be an exploiter or will I be exploited.”
    That is the end of the story.

    Comment by Curt Kastens — March 1, 2017 @ 9:11 pm


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