Ex-policymakers see Vietnam errors in Iraq

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a rare appearance at the conference. He said he agreed to come out of admiration for the Kennedy family. Kissinger was greeted outside by about 25 protesters who chanted “Kissinger should go to jail, no bail.” He refused to directly respond to a question, submitted by the audience and read by a moderator, that asked if he wanted to apologize for policies that led to so many deaths in Vietnam. “This is not the occasion,” Kissinger said. “We have to start from the assumption that serious people were making serious decisions. So that’s the sort of question that’s highly inappropriate.” Kissinger also spoke about the war in Iraq, saying he supported the invasion. “We have a jihadist radical situation,” he said. “If the U.S. fails in Iraq, then the consequences will be that it motivates more to move toward the radical side. This is the challenge.” BOSTON – Former Nixon adviser Alexander Haig said Saturday military leaders in Iraq are repeating a mistake made in Vietnam by not applying the full force of the military to win the war. “Every asset of the nation must be applied to the conflict to bring about a quick and successful outcome, or don’t do it,” Haig said. “We’re in the midst of another struggle where it appears to me we haven’t learned very much.” The comments by Haig, Nixon’s chief of staff and also a secretary of state under President Reagan, came at a conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum examining the Vietnam War and the American Presidency. The conference brought together advisers from the Nixon, Johnson and Kennedy administrations, and talk turned to Iraq where the panelists saw parallels with Vietnam. Former Johnson adviser Jack Valenti said that the lessons of Vietnam have been “forgotten or ignored” in Iraq. “No president can win a war when public support for that war begins to decline and evaporate,” he said. Valenti, former head of the Motion Picture Association of America, added there was no such thing as a good war, saying “all wars are inhumane, brutal, callous and full of depravity.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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PIL against IPL filed in HC, direction for water audit sought

first_imgBengaluru, Apr 11 (PTI) An environmental activist here today filed a PIL in the Karnataka High Court seeking a direction for water audit on Karnataka State Cricket Association stadium premises to determine the amount of usage of water on a daily basis for IPL events by BCCI and IPL chiefs. In his petition, activist Srinivasa Sharma sought a court direction to the Chairman of Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) to justify the “injudicious” allocation of water to Indian Premier League (IPL) at the cost of deprivation of water to the public at large. Sharma also sought court direction to BCCI and KSCA chiefs to substantiate the steps taken under the imperative social responsibility to the public at large to justify the “massive waste” of city water for conducting IPL. He said actions of BWSSB are “patently inconsistent” with the set policy and ground realities faced by the residents of Bengaluru and the vicinity. He alleged that BCCI, IPL and KSCA chiefs are utilising their financial clout to procure and drain valuable water resources for the conduction of a purely commercial venture like IPL which derives no public benefit. The IPL also delivers minuscule returns to the state exchequer in stark comparison to staggering profits made by BCCI and IPL and KSCA Chiefs, he claimed. Sharma also argued that they owe public accountability as to their treatment and diligence to the environment and public welfare in the form and facet of Corporate Social Responsibility, since they net large revenues by their dominating monopoly over the “highly lucrative and vast political clout ridden sport of cricket.” He submitted that there was an “injudicious” allocation of water that denies the less fortunate their basic right to access water. PTI BDN RA VS PAL TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

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