July 23rd, 2007
07:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Question #729: Sen. Gravel, you said all deaths in Vietnam were in vain. How do you expect to win where many people might be offended by this?

John from West Virginia

(CNN) - John from West Virginia asks: "Mike Gravel, in one of the previous debates, you asked something along the lines of, the entire deaths of Vietnam died in vain. How do you expect to win in a country where a large chunk of the people disagree with that statement and might very well be offended by it?"

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  1. Jessica, Bourbonnais Illinois

    The question of whether or not our troops in Iraq have died in vain, was one that I thought was dodged by Sen. Obama. John Edwards answered the question very well. He was direct and his answer was heartwarming. Whenever a soldier dies while serving the United States, and doing the duty that the President of the United States has asked them to do, they do not die in vain.

    July 23, 2007 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Chris, Seattle, WA

    Gravel's comment was totally misinterpreted. Since nothing fruitful came of our involvement in Vietnam, the troops did indeed die in vain. This has nothing to do with the troops and everything to do with the people who actually got us involved in Vietnam. Their poor decision making is what led to the troops dying in vain.

    July 23, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Jay Diamond, NY, NY

    OF Course our troops in Vietnam died in vain !

    And Gravel went on to document exactly why when he talked about being able to buy a Baskin and Robbins ice cream cone in Hanoi !

    If American businesses are flourishing in Hanoi now that we've LOST the war in Vietnam...What, exactly would WINNING have looked like !

    You bet the painful truth is that every last one of those 58,000 plus kids who died in Vietnam had their lives stolen from them completely unnecessarily.

    It is a Crime !

    And Iraq is the same damn thing !

    July 23, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Stephen, Yuba City, CA

    I could not agree more with Chris, in Seattle, WA. I'm very glad Mike Gravel answer did not pander to voter's just to get votes that's not what this country needs. If people "disagree" or are "offended" by his statement then let that be. To many are not willing to confront the terrible waste and destruction war spawns. For the record my father was a WWI veteran, I'm a Vietnam era veteran and my daughter is career miltary and my wife's father was a Korean POW.

    July 23, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |