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President Ford had courage to end war

Nobody much listens to Vice President Dick Cheney anymore. His credibility is gone. So when he rails at the Democrat-controlled Congress about supporting the troops, people yawn.

And why shouldn't they?

He has nothing new to say. According to the vice president, the way to support the fighting men and women is to show him the money.

That's natural for the man who ran Halliburton before he nominated himself for vice president.

"Anybody can say they support the troops, and we should take them at their word, but the proof will come when it's time to provide the money," he said Monday.

Congress is about to take up President Bush's nearly $100 billion request for additional funding.

Mr. Cheney doesn't understand there are other ways to show support. One is to provide adequately for the wounded soldiers recuperating and rehabilitating in military hospitals. Another way is to get them out of a civil war.

The war in Iraq daily becomes more like the American experience in Vietnam. Desperate to hold on, Mr. Cheney and others use scare tactics to keep troops there.

If Vietnam fell, all of Indochina was supposed to go communist. The slogan about Iraq is that it is better to fight terrorists there than in America.

Vietnam today is an American trading partner and the region is relatively stable because the late President Gerald Ford had the courage to pull the remaining troops out. Vietnam, he said, is a "war that is finished as far as America is concerned."

It's time for President Bush to repeat those words about Iraq.

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