Thursday, March 23, 2006

Random Thoughts: 5 Reasons Why Iraq Is Not Vietnam

1- The democratically elected Iraqi government wants us there.

2- In Vietnam, democracy was thwarted in the name of combating communism. In Iraq, democracy is lauded as a tool to be used in combating terrorism.

3- In Vietnam, the United States had a presence in the country after the French left in 1954, and the war was escalated by President Johnson in 1964. It wasn’t until the 1968 Tet Offensive that public opinion began to turn against the war. In Iraq, the invasion took place only three years ago.

4- In Vietnam we were fighting an actual war- In Iraq we are playing the role of peacekeepers and police.

5- Failures in Vietnam were indicative of the apathy of the Vietnamese toward our goals. Many people didn’t understand and didn’t care about the struggle against communism. In Iraq, regardless of their views of the U.S., most people don’t like terrorists who kill innocents and blow up Mosques.


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