It is said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce.
The sorry narrative of Cold War proxy conflicts can be said to have begun in Korea, where the US fought Communist forces to a draw that left us with two Koreas, North and South.
The US lost little time–just two years–commencing the repetition of the flawed but arguably laudable Korean fight in Vietnam.
FDR had vehemently insisted that Vietnam must remain free and independent to decide its own fate. US-led forces poured two decades of blood and treasure into its failed effort to win a land war in Asia.
If Vietnam was the tragedy, what does that make the US-backed contra war in Nicaragua?