Vietnam War veteran John Rowan said on Fox Nations special “Modern Warriors” broadcast on Fox News Channel on Saturday that the US government “did not really build a democratic government” in Afghanistan or Vietnam.
“[I]it all goes back to original sin, which was that we did not really build a democratic government in any of these places, “he said.” …[I]n Vietnam, especially -… we made so many mistakes that it was not even fun. I had access to certain information because of the work I was doing and it was ridiculous. And [Afghanistan]is not better. We built this house of cards, we call it the government. “
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“We did not put real people into it [who] really cared about democracy, “Rowan continued.” They only cared about how much money they could carry in their pockets [with]. And what happened then, when everything hit the fan? [Afghanistan’s president] took off in his private jet with a whole bunch of other people and a ton of money, and God knows where the hell he is. In the meantime, the whole military is being cut up like crazy. “
Rowan was not the only veteran to criticize his country. Co-veteran James McCloughan expressed feelings of betrayal from his home country.
The recipient of the Medal of Honor said Saigon’s fall was “like building a house and then someone came.”[ing] with and just tear it down. “The U.S. government, Rowan lamented, did not recognize that the soldiers” put [their lives] on the line. …[U.S. officials] turned his back[s] on you and people do not understand, it’s the emotional and psychological part of being a warrior that they do not understand because they were not in our boots. “
Host Pete Hegseth noted that the similarities between President Biden’s forged US withdrawal from Afghanistan and President Ford’s withdrawal from Saigon are “dizzying”. Hegseth said during his mission in Afghanistan that he and his countrymen “tried to establish democracy”, but “the Afghans never wanted democracy, nor was it [they] able to reject it anyway. “
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“Either they do not understand what it actually meant, or it is not compatible with their religious and tribal traditions,” he added.