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Jay C5/10/2019 7:53:00 am PDT

re: #172 Feline Fearless Leader

I would hold that part of what made an internationalist US foreign policy beneficial to the USA was that there was an understanding that it was better for the country in the long run to fight their wars on someone else’s soil than waiting for that war to come to yours.

Not so beneficial for the other person’s country perhaps, but also perhaps helped nip some bad developments in the bud. There is also the downside of getting involved in wars that should not have been entered at all; e.g. Vietnam.*

* - Reading has led me to the opinion that backing the French trying to reoccupy Vietnam as a colony was a bad move. That pretty much pushed the Viet Minh solidly into the Communist sphere. And the South Vietnamese government was one of those “we back an awful dictator since he is anti-communist” things. So the USA spent a lot of money and political capital trying to fight the tide of a nationalist movement that was pretty much going to win out in the long term.

Agree pretty much with you re the origins of our involvement in Vietnam; except that Ho Chi Minh’s Vietminh movement had always been Communist from the get-go: which may or may not have been a factor in the US’ support for De Gaulle’s “recolonization” program in 1946, but was certainly a factor in how the war (which from the Vietnamese viewpoint was a 30-year struggle) developed from there…