The axiom “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas” has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin (in his Poor Richard’s Almanac). This may be translated to mean: “Be cautious of the company you keep. If you associate with those of low reputation, you will share the consequences of their unhygienic habits.” The U.S. government has been cozying up to all manner of oppressive terrorist regimes, the leaders and their associates, like parasitic fleas, live off the blood of their impoverished people while fattening their own bank accounts. Let’s hope we are not already infested. Over 20 years of diplomatic relations and ever increasing economic aid to Vietnam has only fueled countless deceptive broken promises and continued oppression.