Monday, March 20, 2006

Repeated as Farce

An article in the WSJ details a slew of new books by various Army officers and military experts on the paradigm of fighting in Vietnam. Essentially, these histories are revisions of the old, and obviously erroneous, theory that Vietnam was lost because of civilian command and media reluctance to commit more troops and an even larger, devestating footprint. Our footprint was grand. The books are also written now, and increasingly popular among today's commanders, because they argue that in order to effectively succeed in Iraq, we must learn the lessons of a failed Vietnam strategy. What I find so darkly humorous about all this is essentially the military folks are saying: "Iraq is another Vietnam, and we have been repeating some of our mistakes there, and we must learn what we did wrong in Vietnam." So yes, what rabid communist and terrorist-loving critics of the war have been saying since before it began, that Iraq risks being another Vietnam, is, in fact, the going conclusion amongst the war-intellects. So when citizens said "You're making the same mistake you did in Vietnam" and were considered risible, they were, in fact, correct. And now that is totally accepted by the war-establishment. Maybe just not the traitorous lunatics who push the Bush mirage.

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