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And a merciful God did not come

A reflection on John Kerry's Viet Nam quagmire

August Carbonella

Keywords: electoral politics; imperialism; militarism; politics of history; United States; Vietnam War

The 'Viet Nam War' entered the 2004 US presidential election in a most uncanny fashion, sparking a surrogate discussion of the limits of present imperial ambition and doctrine. This essay explores the limitations and possibilities of this proxy discussion to facilitate an understanding of John Kerry's political unraveling, as well as the continuing political dilemmas facing the US left.

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Carbonella, August - Memorial University of Newfoundland