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The Vietnam Solution

06/28/05

Comparisons between the wars in Vietnam and Iraq are coming fast and furious now, so let's consider one more. There is an apt parallel between the way we got out of Vietnam and the way that we will get out of Iraq -- sooner or later. Public opinion is turning sharply against the war, even though mainstream Democrats and most Republicans are mostly sticking with the victory-in-Iraq strategy. The conditions in Iraq and here at home are strikingly similar to those we saw surrounding Vietnam at the end of the Johnson administration. Those looking for an exit strategy, take note. In Vietnam, by the spring of 1968, it was clear to just about everyone -- including our intelligence agencies -- that the war was lost. The Tet Offensive made it obvious that the combined forces of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong weren't being defeated or decimated...

//www.tompaine.com/articles/20050628/the_vietnam_solution.php

from Tom Paine, by Robert Dreyfuss


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