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Perhaps you could answer a question all of us here are asking?
Why is the United States waging this ruthless war in Vietnam?
Foreign policy decisions are not made by the military. A soldier goes where he is told to go, and fight whom is told to fight.
Petersen, what was all that talk about the enemy building ladders and coffins?
Well, when Charlie knows he's got a nice box to be buried in, he's just as brave as hell.
What about the ladders?
They throw the ladders across the wire to get at us. And later on, they use them for litters to stack on and carry away the dead bodies.
Later on... you mean after everybody's dead?
Yes, everybody. Men... women... and children. Everybody.
How do you know we should be fighting for this present government of South Vietnam? They have no constitution. They haven't had any free elections. And six months ago, a committee was appointed to form a constitution... and still no constitution.
The school I went to, Mr. Beckworth, taught us that the thirteen colonies, with proper and educated leadership, all with the same goal in mind, AFTER the Revolutionary War, took from 1776 to 1787, eleven years of peaceful effort, before they came up with a paper that all thirteen colonies would sign... our present Constitution.
[the audience applauds]
That's very good, Sergeant. But there are still a lot of people who believe that this is simply a war between the Vietnamese people! It's their war, let's let them handle it.
Let them handle it, Mr. Beckworth?
[Points to a collection of weapons]
[as Muldoon takes the weapons from the board, he names them, then drops them on the table in front of Beckworth]
From Red China: Chicom K-50 sub-machine gun... Chinese communist! SKS Soviet-made semi-automatic carbine... Russian communist! Ammunition, Czechoslovakian-made... Czech communist! No sir, Mr. Beckworth! It doesn't take a lead weight to fall on me or a hit from one of those weapons to recognize that what's involved here is communist domination of the world!
Oh, uh, I noticed a load of corrugated tin has miraculously appeared overnight.
Sergeant Petersen provided it.
Well, that's a good man you've got there.
Colonel Mike Kirby:
Sergeant Petersen say where he got it?
He, uh, said The Good Fairy left it.
Colonel Mike Kirby:
[smiling] I hope he said The Good Fairy left it, SIR!
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