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Withdrawal on the agenda

06/25/05

As readers never hesitate to remind me, Iraq is not Vietnam -- or as Daniel Ellsberg put it sardonically, 'In Iraq, it's a dry heat. And the language that none of our troops or diplomats speak is Arabic rather than Vietnamese.' But the Vietnam experience is fused into American consciousness in such a way that, the minute things start to go wrong, our leaders find themselves, almost helplessly, following that Vietnam playbook. So, as we enter the terrain of withdrawal, we should be thinking about Vietnam as well. The withdrawal resolution Jones and his co-sponsors put forward was, on the face of it, Vietnam-ish in the sense that it had relatively little to do with actual withdrawal...

//www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2005/06/withdrawal.html

from Mother Jones, by Tom Engelhardt


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