"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

1.14.2007

wars of choice

Iraq is not Vietnam. When commentators say that Iraq is another Vietnam, I think they mean that the Bush administration's regarding Iraq is similar to the Johnson administration attitude regarding Vietnam. On that count, I couldn't agree more; the parallels between Bush and Johnson are striking, although LBJ was actually at least born on a Texas ranch, whereas Bush has faked the country out on that point.

This piece in today's Post makes those parallels in attitude clear. As does Bush's new policy announced this week: put in more troops just until things calm down like LBJ did, and pursue a policy that is strikingly similar to Nixon's Vietnamization by trying to get the Iraqis to assume responsibility for their own security.

It didn't work in Vietnam. I'm not sure why, or whether, Bush believes it will work in Iraq.

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