I’ve seen some real dumbasses in my time, but the Editorial Board at the Hartford Courant must be the dumbassiest.
Whatever the circumstances of his capture, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was the last American prisoner of war. Now that he is free, might it be time to rethink the POW-MIA flags that have flown over some public buildings for 40 years?
The black and white flag, with an image of a downcast prisoner, is a relic of the Vietnam War. It was developed by POW wives, who formed a group called the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia in the early 1970s to direct attention at the treatment of POWs in Vietnam.
President Richard Nixon co-opted the POW-MIA issue, with the flag, groups and bracelets, as a way of generating emotional support for the war, said Rutgers University historian H. Bruce Franklin. The flag was a rallying point for those who felt there were living POWs left behind in Vietnam after the prisoner release in 1973.
There are no more living prisoners in Vietnam; there almost assuredly were none after 1973. The military continues to work at finding and identifying the remains of solders listed as missing, now about 1,600. The flag has outlived the purpose for which it was created.
I guess the stank-ass hippies in Connecticut don’t like being reminded that they really don’t give a shit about American fighting men and women. POW/MIA or otherwise. That big black and white flag flapping away in the breeze reminds them of the fact that they just don’t care no matter how hard they try.
Their remembrance of history is a little skewed, too, by the way. Although the flag was born during the Nixon Administration, it wasn’t flown over the White House until 1982 and for the first time over the Capitol for the 1989 National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The flag wasn’t recognized by Congress until 1990. That’s all according to the Defense Prisoners of War and Missing Personnel Office, but, hey the hippies at the Hartford Courant know more than them, don’t they? Or maybe they just hate Nixon that much.
There are about 83,000 Americans who remain missing according to DPMO, the flag isn’t just about Vietnam – but I guess it’s hard to convince the stank-ass hippies who think that everything is about them – especially if it reminds them that they’re always on the wrong side of history.