Petey: No, we're winning expensively.
Garbage Man: Today is a holiday.
Dilbert: All my victories are tainted.
Peter Griffin: At what cost?!
(he lost his mustache)
The price of winning worthless fight
Two dollars, and then
It cost twenty more
For those burgers and fries.
My hospital bill
Was a hundred and ten.
But I won –
The five-dollar first prize!
The Linebacker operations of the early seventies had broken the formal power of the Communist regime then in power in Hanoi, at the cost of several million Vietnamese dead from flooding, disease and starvation following the bombing of the North's dike system. The North Vietnamese had refused to simply surrender, however, and they and their Viet Cong allies had waged a fierce guerrilla struggle even after the occupation first of Hanoi and then of the Communists' second capital, Haiphong. At home, the seemingly endless conflict had grown increasingly unpopular, as American troops continued to fight and die even after "victory" had supposedly been won.
President Carter's negotiation of the Vietnam accords had been sharply criticized by, among others, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who said that the peace agreement "granted the Communists what they could not win on the battlefield" and predicted that Vietnamese leftists would now try to subvert the unified government of Vietnam from within. Among the critics was former governor Ronald Reagan of California, who in 1980 would exploit anger over the pact in his successful run for the White House.
The influence of Reagan and his supporters would be revealed in the final design of the memorial, which featured a group of soldiers planting a flag atop a broken wall and bore the names of every American killed in the conflict.
...And even though Hal claims to view this as victory for us...I just can't. I really can't. Innocent people still died from the first invasion of Arkanea, the riots caused over that supposedly incurable disease, the second invasion, all the other invasions on the neighboring kingdoms...our home and many of our friends' homes have been destroyed then rebuilt into something utterly alien...many people will still be homeless or wrecked due to all the economic destruction wrought by the pilfering...
...All for what?
Because we had metal. Just because we had metal."
Jon still won though
put that in the books
Won the race but lost your mind,
Was it worth it after all?
Until I died and went to hell
But my despair had ascended to heaven
That's how I finally got rid of it.