This op-ed piece by David Ignatius in the Washington Post today does a much better job of making the points that I was trying to get to yesterday. After reading it I was also struck by how similar were my feelings and those of my Army colleagues who has fought with me over the years in Vietnam to those expressed by current Army veterans of the war in Syria. In 1975 when I watched the evacuation of Saigon on TV from my home in San Francisco California, particularly the harrowing evacuation by helicopter from the roof of the US Embassy in Saigon, I was struck by an overwhelming feeling of failure, depression and that we had worked so hard, for so long, with such an expenditure of blood, for nothing. That, in the end, it was all a waste of effort and lives. I have not yet personally talked with any of the officers that I know who have served in Syria, but I expect their feelings to be similar to those of us who were in Vietnam.

Trumps betrayal of the Kurds is sickening to US soldiers
Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds is Sickening to U.S. Soldiers