As a U.S. senator during the 1960s, I agonized over the badly mistaken war in Vietnam," McGovern wrote. "After doing all I could to save our troops and the Vietnamese people from a senseless conflict, I finally took my case to the public in my presidential campaign in 1972. Speaking across the nation, I told audiences that the only upside of the tragedy in Vietnam was that its enormous cost in lives and dollars would keep any future administration from going down that road again.
I was wrong.
Sarcastic wrote:Don't know much about his other politics, but it took balls to speak about our military involvement like he did. I think most of us here wish we had someone do that today. Well, we did. Ron Paul, but he was largely marginalized by the media. RIP.
Upon his return to the Senate, McGovern turned to introducing legislation to end the Vietnam War. In 1970, he co-authored an amendment with Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.) to the annual military funding bill which ordered a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.
Shortly before the Senate voted on the measure, McGovern took to the chamber floor to castigate colleagues who opposed a hasty pullout.
“This chamber reeks of blood,” he said. “It does not take any courage at all for a congressman, or a senator, or a president to wrap himself in the flag and say we are staying in Vietnam, because it is not our blood that is being shed. But we are responsible for those young men and their lives and their hopes.”
The amendment failed to pass.
Geezer wrote:Not disagreeing with your view about his speaking out against military involvement but there were 2 candidates who opposed the war in 1968. Gene McCarthy(?) enjoyed a fair amount of support. I believe RFK also had basically come out for pulling out in Vietnam during the 1968 democratic nomination campaign.
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