The Most Shameful Act of Betrayal in American HistoryFrom: "DocMelson.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Most Shameful Act of Betrayal in American History
Friday Jan. 26, 2001
January 27, is the 28th anniversary of the single worst act of betrayal in
is the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords – the
agreement that supposedly was
going to end the Vietnam War.
January 27, 1973, in an ornate conference center on Avenue Kleber in wintry
Paris, then-Secretary of State William P. Rogers signed the agreement. America
let out a collective sigh of exhausted air; the dreadful war was finally over.
of course, it was not over.
more years of agony would ensue. On April 30, 1975, with a new president,
Gerald Ford, in the Oval Office, the North Vietnamese officially won the
Vietnam War when their tanks rolled into Saigon.
Paris Peace Accords soon faded from memory for most Americans, who just wanted
to put this horrible episode in our history behind them once and for all.
that agreement contained two interrelated clauses: numbers 21 and 8b. They
were – and have been ever since – linked in one of the most heinous
betrayals in American political history.
order to get out of Vietnam, as Henry Kissinger, the Peace Accords’
architect, so desperately wanted, he and President Nixon had to secretly –
in a private letter – promise to pay the communist North Vietnamese $4.75
billion, ostensibly to "heal the wounds of war," as Clause 21 said.
Nixon wanted – besides putting the war in our rearview mirror – was the
return of all remaining U.S. POWs in SE
Asia. Clause 8b promised that Hanoi would help round up these men.
The two clauses were then – and have been since – linked together by
Hanoi. The Vietnamese have said a thousand times, "You pay us the money
and we will ‘go look’ (ha ha) for your missing POWs."
has since been learned that Hanoi kept behind about 1,200 U.S. POWs as a hedge
against Nixon-Kissinger’s $4.75 billion promise.
is now 28 years later and we have yet to pay one cent to Hanoi.
guess what else?
one of those POWs has ever been released.
was so desperate to keep secret the $4.75 billion promise to Hanoi that he and
his sidekick, General Brent Scowcroft, kept that letter classified for four
years! Even members of Congress were told that no such letter existed and no
such financial promise had ever been made to Hanoi.
fine. You may now want to say, "To hell with the Commies in Vietnam. We
shouldn’t pay them a penny!"
I would share your sentiment.
please explain to the 1,200 U.S. POWs why their lives have been relegated to
serving as slaves to Hanoi and sacrificial lambs for the preservation of
political careers back here in Washington.
answer is simple: We Americans like to think we are "a shining city on a
hill serving as a beacon for all the world to follow." Well, in the case
of our extrication from the Vietnam War we behaved exactly like our enemies:
We broke agreements, lied about it and betrayed our national character.
as a nation and as a people will not be
whole until we go back to Vietnam and bring each and every
surviving POW home – no matter the financial cost.
then can we put January 27, 1973 – the most shameful day of betrayal in
American history – behind u
the way comes to an end, then change - having changed, you pass through.