"Vietnam is in Asia, too, just like Kurdistan. It's only about a 6,000 mile walk from one place to the other. It's smooth sailing, too--you just have to stroll through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and just a little bit of Myanmar before you hang a right on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Then it's smooth sailing until you get to Saigon," said noted war buff Ollie North when we interviewed him for this article.
"We really could have used their help. I mean we had the Australians on our side, but they were always drunk. A bunch of lightly-armed shepherds pushing their sheep and goats in front of them could have made a difference in all the key battles of the war. A single man on camelback would have confused the crap out of the Viet Cong, and nothing prepares a man for jungle combat more than fighting in a desert.
"Frankly, we don't owe the Kurds, because this is all they've ever done--huddle in the Middle East since the Middle Ages and try to keep all of their neighbors from killing them. I mean, they gave us a hard pass at Normandy, even though many of them would have never seen the ocean, otherwise, or a German machine gun nest. They refused to trudge over to Nam, even though it has many sights their country does not, like rain and snakes as thick as a man's thigh, and I mean a natural, donut-chomping American's thigh, not some skinny Cong limb.
"But no, none of them ever wanted to broaden their cultural horizons enough to fight in an American-sponsored war until we started one in their hood. Then they were cool enough to wipe out ISIS for us, I guess. So thanks. They should have gotten some medals for that, and they probably did. Wear them proudly, and good luck with the Turkish Army, is what I'm saying.
"When they get obliterated, try to remember that they never lifted a finger to help us in Nam. I mean, if the Kurds had jumped in, and the one man who probably could have won the war for us hadn't had those painful bone spurs, there would likely still be a South Vietnam today.
"And who knows? They might win. If they push through to Istanbul, though, careful of the Towers."