The Vietnam War is a dark hole, very dark in the history of the United States.
The world’s largest war machine crashed in the jungle of Southwest Asia in the face of a poor enemy, albeit an invincible resistance to the complacency of alleged superiority.
New York achieves an unimaginable milestone by closing the subway four hours each day to disinfect
There is a certain parallel between these fighters and the coronavirus. President Donald Trump customarily refers to the pandemic as “the invisible enemy.” The Vietnamese also became “invisible”.
The stigma of defeat still weighs on the national subconscious as a corrective to the country’s famous exceptionality.
Protests against compulsory recruitment spread like a virus throughout the geography, from coast to coast.
For some it was not a problem. Young Donald Trump ran away over medical reports. He had spurs on his feet. Trump has sometimes commented that his particular Vietnam was to dodge AIDS.
Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to the White House, was born in January 1981. It had been a few years since US troops had returned home with their heads bowed.
In a war decade (1964-1975), a total of 58,220 US servicemen lost their lives in Vietnam.
Overcoming the bar of the million infected, the coronavirus has caused in two months the death of more than 61,000 citizens in the United States.
In the last day alone, some 2,600 deaths were registered, while the president encourages states to reopen the economy as soon as possible.
“This is a very successful story and it is what we have to say,” Kushner remarked this Wednesday about the government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. The son-in-law spoke just as the death ceiling of the war against Uncle Ho’s hordes commanded from Hanoi had been broken.
“We have achieved all the milestones,” he reiterated in an intervention on Fox. Of course, none of the hosts of the program on his friendly network looked scared nor did it occur to him to ask what the measure of success was.
After initial studies after applying social distance measures for mitigation, it was then predicted that there could be 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.
Further analysis lowered the figure to 60,000 in August.
May begins and that threshold has been exceeded. The new ceiling is set at 73,000 deceased for three months from now.
“On what planet is more than 59,000 dead a success story?” Tweeted Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general. Answer: in the trump player .
The president boasted Thursday that the United States has a lower mortality rate than many countries. “We are the leaders of the world, we have done it better than anyone, if you look at our dead and that ratio,” he said. He maintained that his work has been “spectacular” compared to that of Barack Obama with the swine flu. There were no more than 12,000 deaths
Meanwhile, California will close the beaches again this weekend, and New York City will take an unimaginable step: It will leave the subway daily without service between one and five hours to disinfect the cars every 24 hours. There are many homeless people sleeping in vehicles and that puts the essential workers who use it at risk. This has little success.