Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, telling the assembled group of Republican Party members, activists and political journalists that the Vietnam War was "winnable."
"I'm not going to debate the merits of whether we should or should not have gone to Vietnam, but what I will tell you is, Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it," said Gohmert.
He continued by suggesting that if the United States had continued to carpet bomb North Vietnam, instead of stopping after just two weeks, North Vietnam would have unconditionally surrendered.
Gohmert went on to say the lesson of the Vietnam War should have been that "you don't send American men or women to harm's way unless you are going to give them the authority and what they need to win and then bring them home."
Gohmert, who reached the rank of captain in the U.S. Army and served from 1978-1982, also stated that former President Jimmy Carter should have declared war on Iran in 1979.
"When our embassy was attacked, it was an act of war in 1979," said Gohmert. "Nobody really wanted to go, but we had been attacked. We expected the United States to respond."
"I still believe today, we have Americans dying for our country because we did not send a message in 1979," said Gohmert. "You don't attack American soil, and that's what an embassy is. We should stand up. There is a time for war. There's a time for peace. But if you go to war, you better mean it."
The CPAC is an annual political action conference attended by conservative activists and elected officials from across the country. It was founded in 1973 by the American Conservative Union and Young Americans for Freedom.
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