This is coolbert:
NOT since the Vietnamese debacle, the Easter Offensive of 1972 and the final climactic evacuation from the roof top of the American embassy in Saigon, 1975, has this sort of thing occurred.
"Latest turn in Iraq spreads dismay among US veterans"
"PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vey says he's 'seen it all before.' The Vietnam War veteran watched the TV news footage of Saigon's fall in 1975 — a few years after he returned home from combat duty."
"'I remember thinking, What a waste,' he said. 'Ten years, 58,000 American lives, and we let it fall.'"
"Now, Vey, 62, of North Cape May, is watching Islamist militants trying to take over Iraq city by city, a decade after he and members of his New Jersey Army National Guard unit helped topple Saddam Hussein."
"'It's happening all over again,' said Vey, a retired first sergeant who served in the 253d Transportation Company."
The fat lady has not sung yet, but that scene and episode seems to be not too far off.