“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.
I was in Vietnam for the Tet Offensive which was fought from January 31st to Sep 23rd, 1968. It was a major escalation and one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War.
Since January 20th, 2021 we have witnessed a new major escalation and the largest para-military campaign ever conducted on our Southern border.
This para-military campaign is the largest invasion of America since 1968 and much like when the North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam causing the collapse of South Vietnam in 1975. There are eerie similarities between TET in ’68 and our Sothern border in ’22.
Fast forward to 2022 and Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.’s “invasion by invitation” of our Southern border.
The similarities between what is happening on the Southern border to the 1968 TET offensive are astounding.
- think of the invasion of our Southern border as the largest para-military campaign of our time,
- think of the Communist North Vietnamese Army as todays Mexican cartels that are trafficking humans, drugs and illegal voters into the U.S.,
- think of Walter Cronkite’s fake news about TET and compare it to the lack of news or fake news by the media on what is happening on our Southern boarder,
- think of the invasion of South Vietnam as the new invasion of America by forces invited to invade and even rewarded for invading the U.S. by this administration,
- think about the White House, Congress and the Democrat Party’s abandonment of our Southern border,
- think of the fall of Saigon as the harbinger of the fall of America and its Constitutional Republic.
Let us explain.
TET Offensive 1968
I served in the 101st Airborne Division during Tet of 1968.
In late January, 1968, during the lunar new year (or “Tet”) holiday, North Vietnamese and Communist Viet Cong forces launched a coordinated attack against a number of targets in South Vietnam.
The Tet Offensive played an important role in weakening U.S. public support for the war in Vietnam because Walter Cronkite and the legacy media began telling the public that the Vietnam War was lost.
The reality on the ground was that Tet 1968 was a total and complete military disaster for the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and the Viet Cong (VC). Once the Tet Offensive began it became clear that U.S. and allied forces, using their military advantage in capabilities and their air supremacy, killed or captured tens of thousands of enemy Communist forces.
Those of us who were on the ground during Tet 1968 saw us winning and winning big.
Cronkite was wrong. His assessment was fake news!
54 Years Later America’s Southern Border Looks Like TET of ’68 in Vietnam
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his biography wrote that in 1975 President Gerald Ford had tried to convince a number of senators to help Vietnamese refugees fleeing persecution and claimed Biden, along with other Democrats, “dissented.”
Fast forward to Biden’s disastrous policies on our borders with tens of thousands illegal aliens entering our nation un-documented, un-vetted and un-screened for health issues.
As I watched the disaster on our Southern border I began having a feeling of déjà vu all over again.
Biden abandoned the South Vietnamese and now has abandoned legal American citizens because of his Department of Homeland Security’s failure to protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws thereby ipso facto creating an “invasion by invitation.”
Of course we left South Vietnam in March of 1973. We, the military, did our job. We won the war on the battlefield but lost the war in the streets of Washington, D.C. Because of the anti-war protests Congress in June of 1973 mandated the end of all military aid to South Vietnam.
Today the DHS has abandoned our southern border because of those protesting stopping illegals from coming to America. ICE, like our military, are now unable to do their jobs and enforce our immigration laws.
Just two years later, in March of 1975 Communist units launched a massive invasion of South Vietnam against a weakened South Vietnamese army that literally ran out of ammunition because Congress defunded them.
Finally, in April of 1975 Saigon fell.
If fear that this invasion by invitation will cause America to fall. We now have some states, like New York, allowing illegals to vote. Our election systems are corrupt and they’re becoming more and more like those of a third world dictatorship.
To this day I lament that fact that we abandoned those brave South Vietnamese we fought shoulder to shoulder with against the Communists and how the United States Congress totally abandoned the brave people of South Vietnam.
Today I lament the fact that we have abandoned our Southern border and have created the perfect storm.
Those crossing the border have not the best interests of America in mind. That is clear because they came here and their first act is to violate our sovereignty by violating our immigration laws. Biden is allowing this to happen, just as Congress has abandoned the South Vietnamese so to have they abandoned Americans and America.
Airborne, all the way.
©Lieutenant Colonel Richard M. Swier, U.S. Army (Retired). All rights reserved.