America Abroad: The War That Will Not End

The War That Will Not End

In the most eloquent passage of his Inaugural Address nearly four years ago, George Bush lamented that the Vietnam War "cleaves us still." He hoped that "the statute of limitations has been reached" and that "the final lesson of Vietnam is that no great nation can long afford to be sundered by a memory." Yet in the campaign of 1992, there it was, cleaving and sundering. Bush tried to exploit the issue, but did not introduce it. Bill Clinton did, by being the first member of the Vietnam generation to be nominated for the presidency.

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