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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

I love the smell of napalm in the morning

Can William Westmoreland see the light at the end of the tunnel now? The retired general who commanded American troops in Vietnam died Monday night at 91. He died peacefully in his sleep. Mission accomplished general?

Westmoreland as much as anyone else embodied the disconnect between war's reality and war-maker's mania a generation ago. As many articles this morning will be sure to point out, Westmoreland never conceded defeat in Vietnam. The U.S. didn't lose, he often said, it only failed to ``fulfill its commitment to South Vietnam.''

Don't be surprised when this euphemism reemerges in the memoirs that members of W's administration will one day produce.

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