They are not called wars because a war can only be declared through an act of Congress. No conflict since WWII has been voted so.
Everything since has taken place soley on the whim of the politician in charge at the moment.
The quote of "in the best interest of the people of Vietnam" was a major theme of the war. It was also to stop communist expansion, in the best interest of the people of Vietnam. It was a statement to the world that we would not let Communism spread because it was directly opposed to the beliefs of this nation (at the time) and that it was not beneficial to the people forced to live under Communist rule.
Actually, remembering the tales that I was told from the people that served in and experienced WWII, when the bomb was dropped on Japan, this country rejoiced. I am not saying it was right. It happened. I was using that point to demonstrate the true power of the media.
The media presented one thing (that was far too harsh) in a positive light, the American people were happy. The media presented another thing (that was harsh) in negative light, and the American people were unhappy. It is all in the SPIN.
I do agree that there was a lot of celebration because it marked the end of the entire war. Does that make it any better though?
The media does have near ultimate power in this country. True, they are the mighty sword of certian politicians, however, approach them from a point of view opposing them...
Example: I wanted to run a local cable ad for a presidential nominee. I was told by the local cable company that they do not allow individuals to run commercials for politicians. I called back two weeks later, asked the same question about the "other" candidate and they quoted me a price and asked me what time slot I wanted.
The media definately spins stories to accomplish goals. In fact, the last 8 years in this country are amazing proof what a well coordinated "spin" campaign can do. It can let a president get away with lying to the american people and the courts. The New York Times can sit on a story if it is detrimental to what they want.
Example: Look into the recent turn of events that Drudge from foxnews.com uncovered.
Let us focus on the real issue of the Fourth Estate abusing the power they possess.
"Show me a man with 'No Fear' and I will show you a fool."
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