According to this report, Perry spoke to a Veterans' group to lay out his foreign policy which is apparently non-interventionist except when we do and then we have to stay in charge to we can win and not have to fight civilian enemies at home like all the Viet Nam Vets did. Oh, my heck!
Yet, I also have some respect for those who protested that war. At the time, I was young, trusting, and much more conservative than now. I fully supported our nation in that perilous war. I have an Uncle who served in Nam with the Marines and we followed his exploits with justified pride and gratitude. Yet, when my high school days ended, the war was over and I was in that brief window of births from 1957-1960 of those who did not even have to register for the Selective Service. And for that I was grateful.
I had also read up enough by that time that I wasn't certain that the Viet Nam War was such a good idea to begin with, or executed that well, nor could it have been executed well when it had begun so ill.
Perry apparently sees the war protests as part of the culture war ongoing since then, all apparently part of everything he doesn't agree with on the attack against true American values. Well, at his version of American values.
Now, America--or at least registered Republicans in the primaries, will have a chance to decide, again, on what side of those values we are on. But what if we see value in both sides?