We recently made a small change to our coffee routine that has turned out more
helpful than I expected. During a recent shopping trip our big box store was out
of the big bags of Starbucks French Roast coffee beans, so we got some house
blend. Not surprisingly, the coffee tasted a bit less robust at first. But I it
was a surprise that I was able to adjust so quickly, as it tastes perfectly fine
to me now. So I'm viewing this as good news, because I was used to finding
coffee other than my own less satisfying too. But now that I've made my
adjustment, this will go a lot better for me. I'm sure I'll still prefer my own
over the coffee most places make, but I expect to like coffee on the go a lot
"Not in the US nuclear playbook (hopefully)", heh.
Vietnam: - USA lost some 58,000 military personnel. - South Vietnam lost between 200,000 and 250,000 fighters. - The Viet Cong lost around 1.1 million combatants. - Around 2 million civilians were killed in the territories of North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. USA dropped 7.5 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, the largest aerial bombardment in human history, doubling the drops on Europe and Asia on WW2. Used Napalm indiscriminately. Used white phosphorus ordinance with terrible effect. (Used again in 2004 in Iraq, at the 2nd battle of Fallujah to literally “smoke out” concealed combatants, then finished.) The military used the Agent Orange herbicide causing cancer, congenital birth disorders and crippling illnesses for decades.
3.8 million casualties in total, nearly half of the deaths were civilians. It is suspected that over 1.2 million of these deaths were murders so they could not become soldiers for the other side.
In comparison, now and then the "horrible" personal bamboo traps used by the Vietcong are showcased.
Today Vietnam is a unified (the north won and they still have a marxist monoparty government), welcoming and safe country for all travellers including westerners. Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, but had lots of oil, isn't.