I am appalled by the fact that President Obama has gone to Hanoi for the purpose of having the United States lift the arms embargo against Vietnam and restore full diplomatic relations with that country. This is a slap in the face to all the men who died or were wounded in the war in the keep the Communists out of South Vietnam. It is definitely not yet time to make nice with Vietnam. It is still in violation of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords in which the Communists from the North, which now control that country, signed a non-aggression pact with its neighbors to the South.
According to Wikipedia, the treaty stipulated the following: “There would be negotiations between two South Vietnamese parties – Saigon and the Vietcong – towards a political settlement that would allow the South Vietnamese people to ‘decide themselves the political future of South Vietnam through genuinely free and democratic general elections under international supervision.’ Reunification of Vietnam was to be ‘carried out step by step through peaceful means.’” That’s just part of what the North agreed to.
The U.S. Senate never ratified it, but that’s completely irrelevant. The fact remains to this day that the North signed the agreement and then blatantly violated it two years later when it re-invaded and overran South Vietnam. There is no international statute of limitations on treaty violations, so the U.S. should not let them off the hook. I don’t care how much they have reformed or how well we have gotten along with them in the ensuing years. They still have not atoned for what they did in 1975. We should make any upgrade in diplomatic relations with Vietnam contingent on their restoring of sovereignty to the South. At that point, the South could decide for itself whether it wants to reunify with the North.