We had a post on here a while back about warming relations between the US and Vietnam in which I stated my displeasure. After reading the responses of others and doing some reading myself I have changed my mind on it and think this is a really really good idea for a whole bunch of reasons.
But there is not enough penicillin and sickbay for that libo call.
you know...I have talked to a few Vietnam Vets who traveled back to calm their inner ghosts, all of them were pleasantly surprised how the citizens/officials treated them...no malice, just respect or, at least, with manners.
Of course that is only the few I have spoken to...I'm sure there are some bad experiences.
Yea I wonder that as well. The birdfarm had a the flag of Vietnam 🇻🇳 flying from the yardarm and another in the aircraft bay. I think that kinda feels wierd even for me. I went in the Navy in 77. Served with a bunch of Vietnam War vets. Seems strange we end up allied with some of our enemies.
I went to Viet Nam in 2006 for the 40th anniversary of Long Tan, being Australian, I doubt many in the country would even be aware of our involvement in the war, we certainly had no issues there, even being part of a large group at one of their few foreign war memorials.
Their museums are interesting though, the victor writes the history and their version of how things unfolded was often pure fiction. You'd have thought they came out on top in every contact going by the info cards attached to the various displays.
It's important from a strategic standpoint to develop the relationship. This is part of the "pivot to Asia" policy, which we deny is containment... but which in essence is to counter the PRC's sea island and economic expansion.
India, Australia, Vietnam, Japan and S. Korea are all central to this effort. Given NK's habitual belligerency and irrational leadership; and China now pumping its military budget up to 224-billion, and its leader, Xi, consolidating his power for the long term...cementing our relationships with old allies and making new ones is smart policy.
Personally, I don't have a problem with it. I may have left my blood, my brothers and a good part of my youth in that country, but I don't let it cloud my view of strategic dispositions decades later.