As Commander in Chief of the United States Military, I will never send our sons and daughters and our brothers and sisters to die in a foreign land without telling the truth about why they’re going there.
– Howard Dean
In early 1961 a new president, John F. Kennedy, was told by military leaders and civilian officials that the Kingdom of Laos – of no conceivable strategic importance to the U.S. – required the presence of American troops and perhaps even tactical nuclear weapons. Why? Because if Laos fell, Asia would go red from Thailand to Indonesia.
– Jeff Greenfield