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A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Today in History

The Seattle Times reminded its readership that today is the anniversary of the introduction of U.S. combat troops in Vietnam.  It was on March 8,1965, that 3,500 Marines landed at Da Nang--initially just to guard the air base.
     Now there was a Rubicon we shouldn't have crossed.
     Who knew how it was all going to turn out?  William Lederer and Eugene Burdick did.  Lederer, in particular, tried to warn us against turning Vietnam into our own war.  But the decision makers just weren't listening.
      I sometimes wonder what America would be like today if we hadn't gotten involved in Vietnam.
      And what if President Carter had treated the takeover of our embassy in Iran as an act of war?
      And what if we had not supported and encouraged the Taliban in their war against the U.S.S.R. the 1980s?
      In the words of the poet, "Ah me, I fondly dream."  --EFP

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