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Rumsfield's Book "When the Center Held" Blames Biden for blocking all of President Ford's Aid Requests and the fall of Siagon
Veteran | 10-6-2020 | jumper

Posted on 10/06/2020 6:50:03 AM PDT by Jumper

Joe Biden was the senator who is responsible for the failure of President Ford's Congressional Request to "Hold the Center" and the fall of S. Viet Nam.

I HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK NOR HAVE I READ THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORDS - BUT I BELIEVE THE FOLLOWING TO BE FACTUAL.

Donald Rumsfeld's wonderful biography of Gerald Ford, titled "When the Center Held." It was written in 2018. The book clearly articulates that President Ford was a thoroughly good man, a special American, and a greatly underrated President. HOWEVER, there was a story in the book that was startling.

In 1975, President Ford was left to manage the difficult ending of the Vietnam War. As North Vietnam seized on the opportunity to test American resolve following President Nixon's' resignation, President Ford went to Congress to ask for a relief package to push back on the North Vietnamese to allow .

American personnel and our allies to evacuate. However, there was one US Senator who opposed any such support. The result was the embarrassing and hurried evacuation from the roof of the American embassy in Saigon.

This senator reviled in the embarrassment and did everything he could to leverage it politically against Ford.

Despite the efforts of this U.S Senator--President Ford managed to rescue 1,500 South Vietnamese allies prior to the country's fall. Had President Ford not acted quickly, these people would have been targeted and slaughtered for their support for America. Saving them was a moral obligation.

When they arrived in America, President Ford asked Congress for a package to assist these refugees as they integrate into American society. But that troublesome US Senator showed up-again and torpedoed any support for these shell-shocked refugees. Instead, President Ford had to recruit Christian organizations to offer assistance on a voluntary basis. As he did so, the aforementioned-Senator belittled those efforts.

How Long Has Biden been aiding Sino-Chinese Interests?


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KEYWORDS: biden; rumsfeld; siagon; trump; vietnam
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1 posted on 10/06/2020 6:50:03 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: Jumper

BTTT


2 posted on 10/06/2020 6:53:13 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Have!)
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To: KC_Lion

Ping.


3 posted on 10/06/2020 6:55:30 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Jumper

bmp


4 posted on 10/06/2020 6:57:50 AM PDT by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Army Air Corps

I was unaware he wrote a book(at age 86). Most of us were unaware of the Ford presidency. Should RR have replaced 41’ with Rumsfeld in 84’?


5 posted on 10/06/2020 6:59:01 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Jumper; LS; bitt; ransomnote

Ping for bedtime for biteme.


6 posted on 10/06/2020 7:01:12 AM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: CodeToad

Bkmk


7 posted on 10/06/2020 7:01:34 AM PDT by kelly4c
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To: Jumper

l always liked Rummy.


8 posted on 10/06/2020 7:01:38 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special: Half Baked, 50c)
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To: Jumper
I went over to RVN as an idealistic young artillery officer, served there with no regrets and returned home (thankfully) with my honor and integrity intact. I believed in the mission.

Ten years later, I understood the hideous truth of it all. It was the worst period of our nation's military history, and it was fully run by the DemonRats. We could have supported the ARVN's but the DemonRats cut the aid.

Since that time, I have never voted for a DemonRat, even for dogcatcher. Dogs deserve better.

9 posted on 10/06/2020 7:01:44 AM PDT by budj (Combat vet, 2nd of three generations.)
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To: Jumper

When the Center Held: Gerald Ford and the Rescue of the American Presidency Hardcover – May 15, 2018
by Donald Rumsfeld


10 posted on 10/06/2020 7:02:57 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: mylife

My COLD WAR cert is signed by him. BOOM! Glad I waited. LOL!


11 posted on 10/06/2020 7:04:22 AM PDT by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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I never applied for my cold war cert. :(


12 posted on 10/06/2020 7:06:50 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special: Half Baked, 50c)
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To: mylife

Me too.

I met him at a talk he gave one time years ago.

Sharp guy.


13 posted on 10/06/2020 7:09:27 AM PDT by karnage
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To: budj

Does the term “Sold down the river.” come to mind? Thanks for your service budj.


14 posted on 10/06/2020 7:10:27 AM PDT by rktman ( #My2ndAmend! ----- Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: karnage

Been a sharp guy for a Loooong time.


15 posted on 10/06/2020 7:10:28 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special: Half Baked, 50c)
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To: budj

I remember reading the news accounts of this when I was a kid.

He’s always been a Leftist. Not to mention that he also voted against going after OBL in Abbottobad.


16 posted on 10/06/2020 7:13:30 AM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: Jumper

Washington times /news/ 2019/ jul/4 / joe-biden-opposed-helping-refugees-from-south-viet/

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/09/14/joe-biden-diplomacy-skepticism-actually-listening/


17 posted on 10/06/2020 7:16:41 AM PDT by Jumper
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Can any of you tell me where on my navy dd 214, the honorable discharge code is listed?

I gave it to the state of ohio to get expeditionary force plates issued and the medal is clearly listed, but they balked because they could not find the code for type of discharge.


18 posted on 10/06/2020 7:17:22 AM PDT by mylife (Opinions: $1, Today's Special: Half Baked, 50c)
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To: Jumper

Good post. Great info.


19 posted on 10/06/2020 7:32:44 AM PDT by TianaHighrider (God bless President Trump)
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To: Jumper

Good article but no link.


20 posted on 10/06/2020 7:36:11 AM PDT by plain talk
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