Six Years Later and the Vietnam Syndrome Continues

On this sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001 September 11, Norman Podhoretz has an excellent essay about the political left in America and how very little their view of foreign policy has changed in the years following 9/11.

For the unfamiliar, Vietnam Syndrome is not an actual medical condition; instead, it is the “sickness” of fervent pacifism which has plagued the United States since the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam in 1973. It is the near-absolute unwillingness to fight the world’s evils (Communism and now Islamofascism) regardless of the consequences of failure to do so.

Following 9/11, many believed that the country had finally been cured of its bout of Vietnam Syndrome, but tragically, the far left has it as severely as ever before. And if they have their way, it will result in defeat not only in Iraq but everywhere that the terrorists are being fought — including here at home.


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