Home was a tent that leaked when it rained and sweltered when it didn’t. A half-dozen of us shared the place with an assortment of gecko lizards, fire ants, vampiric mosquitoes, arachnids on steroids, and an occasional unidentified flying object that resembled a dirty softball with wings. With our side flaps rolled up, we had a good view of 10 yards of concertina wire, some nearby indigenous hovels, and the looming Dong Bo Mountains, long-time hideout of the 18B regiment of the North Vietnamese Army. At night we were lulled to sleep by the popping of illumination rounds over outlying rice fields, the muffled thumps of artillery, the rattle of distant automatic weapons fire, and the incessant scratching of the bunker rats that lived in the wood frame that supported our olive-drab canvas domicile.
It was pretty cozy.
Save for a desultory incoming mortar round or two, it was probably as secure as anywhere else in Vietnam. Sappers breached the perimeter once, but they were after helicopters, not us, and they didn’t last long after they got one. All in all, it was easy to let your guard down. Complacency, however, is the currency of fools. We realized this a few months later when we learned in the low hours of a January night why every soldier’s secondary occupational specialty is “Rifleman.”
America’s own Tet Offensive began 41 years later when the traditions and institutions of a complacent Republic suddenly came under attack by by a combined force of Congressional socialists and Executive Branch Marxists. The country had let its guard down. This onslaught, however, should have come as no surprise, since its chief perpetrator had warned us of his plans ahead of time. Hope and Change? When Barack Obama assumed the presidency, half the country began digging foxholes. The other half signed up for food stamps.
- The President Who Has Done the Most Damage (Human Events)
- The ten most terrifying things about the Obama Administration (Human Events)
- The New Normal: Welfare is Now America’s Most Popular Occupation (IJR)
- Obama: America’s founders inspired communist Ho Chi Minh (theblaze.com)
- Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and Other Jeffersonians (nationalreview.com)
- Dear President Obama (Marine Vet For Freedom)