Back in March, Jane Fonda admitted that her visit to a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun during the Vietnam War had been a “mistake”. It only took her 33 years to figure that out, though she still thinks the trip, overall, was a good thing.
Fonda, whose memoir “Jane Fonda: My Life So Far” comes out next week, said she did not regret meeting with American POWs in North Vietnam or making broadcasts on Radio Hanoi. “Our government was lying to us and men were dying because of it, and I felt I had to do anything that I could to expose the lies and help end the war,” she said.
I hope her admission helped sell books.
But get this:
But she said she wouldn’t make the same sort of broadcasts in Iraq today.
“I don’t think it’s the same situation at all. When I went [to North Vietnam] … we had been fighting in Vietnam for eight years. The majority of Americans … [and] Congress opposed the war. It was a desperate time,” she said, according to CBS News’ Web site.
Apparently she’s had a change of heart. I guess her book isn’t selling as well as hoped.
Question: who’s planning this trip? Karl Rove?
UPDATE 2: Here’s the CBS News story on the 60 Minutes appearance by Fonda in March, with the whole quote (the context was Fonda’s Radio Hanoi broadcasts):
What if a young, famous actress went to Iraq, hooked up with the insurgents today, and went on their radio and spoke to our soldiers over there?” asks Stahl.
“I wouldn’t like it. I don’t think it’s the same situation at all,” says Fonda. “When I went there, we had been involved in the war. We had been fighting in Vietnam for eight years. The majority of Americans opposed the war, the majority of Congress opposed the war. It was a desperate time.”
My guess is she isn’t going to be hooking up with many insurgents and doing broadcasts for them.