Thursday, October 19, 2006

Iraq... Vietnam... the President evidently sees similarities


President Bush
Originally uploaded by Brian Ray.
I found this to be striking:
President Bush said in a one-on-one interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that a newspaper column comparing the current fighting in Iraq to the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, which was widely seen as the turning point in that war, might be accurate.
"Wow," thought I. According to the article,
Stephanopoulos asked whether the president agreed with the opinion of columnist Tom Friedman, who wrote in The New York Times that the situation in Iraq may be equivalent to the Tet offensive in Vietnam almost 40 years ago.
The President's response?
He could be right. There's certainly a stepped-up level of violence, and we're heading into an election.... My gut tells me that they have all along been trying to inflict enough damage that we'd leave, and the leaders of al Qaeda have made that very clear. Look, here's how I view it. First of all, al Qaeda is still very active in Iraq. They are dangerous. They are lethal. They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they're trying to foment sectarian violence. They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw.
Just what we need, another morass.... and as to the American people growing sick and tired, well, count me in... I'm sick and tired...

Oh, where have I heard that before?

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