That eventual Southern Californian once said Vietnam needed “five Hitlers to impose discipline.” In a world where even the most brutal dictators try to avoid comparison to Hitler, he wanted to be five Hitlers.
5 Ruthless Dictators Hiding in Plain Sight as Normal People

#5. The President of South Vietnam Ran a Liquor Store
As you no doubt learned in history class, [dictator Nguyen Cao] Ky wasn’t able to stop the Viet Cong from marching into his embattled country and kicking its ass, even with America’s help. Just before the fall of Saigon, he gave one final speech to the people to inform them that anyone who fled Vietnam was a coward. The next day, he fled Vietnam. Climbing aboard his helicopter, he escaped to an American warship, while presumably shouting, “Do as I say, not as I do!”
Ky and his wife ended up in California, where his lifestyle took a bit of a downgrade. He went from “exotic scarf-wearing multi-Hitler” to “Orange County liquor store manager.”

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That eventual Southern Californian once said Vietnam needed “five Hitlers to impose discipline.” In a world where even the most brutal dictators try to avoid comparison to Hitler, he wanted to be five Hitlers.

5 Ruthless Dictators Hiding in Plain Sight as Normal People

#5. The President of South Vietnam Ran a Liquor Store

As you no doubt learned in history class, [dictator Nguyen Cao] Ky wasn’t able to stop the Viet Cong from marching into his embattled country and kicking its ass, even with America’s help. Just before the fall of Saigon, he gave one final speech to the people to inform them that anyone who fled Vietnam was a coward. The next day, he fled Vietnam. Climbing aboard his helicopter, he escaped to an American warship, while presumably shouting, “Do as I say, not as I do!”

Ky and his wife ended up in California, where his lifestyle took a bit of a downgrade. He went from “exotic scarf-wearing multi-Hitler” to “Orange County liquor store manager.”

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