Carol Platt Liebau: Worse Than Vietnam

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Worse Than Vietnam

I've written before that nothing can defeat the mighty American military but a failure of will here at home.

Now, Mort Kondracke rightly points out that Iraq is going the way of Vietnam -- a good cause where Americans can prevail, but where, thanks to the voices of defeatism here at home, tragedy could ensue. The big difference, as he notes, is that if we leave Iraq to the bad guys (as we did in Vietnam) the consequences are going to be much worse for us (as you'll recall, the results in the Vietnam War weren't so great for the South Vietnamese or for the Cambodians).

It's pretty amazing that, as Debra Saunders observes, Iraqis are more upbeat about conditions in their country than Californians are. That fact emphasizes the extent to which the events in Iraq have been misreported, and, perhaps, unrealistic American expectations about what's going to be required to win the war on Islamofascist terror.

The loss of every American soldier's life is heartwrenching. What we need to decide -- and what the Democrats need to tell us -- is whether it would be better to leave Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists, and wait for the fatalities to take place in American cities instead.


Blogger R Platt said...

I know a little bit about Vietnam; I spent two years there in a couple of infantry divisions. The only real similarity I can see between Vietnam and Iraq is the left's frantic attempts to undermine the war effort and our soldier's moral. If this country allows them to get away with it this time, then we should never again send our youth to die in a fight we will surely quit before it is finished. How in the world can we expect our soldier's to fight and die when their country lacks the will, courage and fortitude to stand by them?

6:38 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Simple: we can't.

10:34 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

So far Bush has created a helluva a mess, as Baker states. And he owns that mess, as Powell says.

But those from the right never take responsibility and just blame the left. How boring and childish!

American's are to die for what? Cheney basing his pre-war intelligence on Curve Ball and Chalibi. So we're back to Vietnam with the same BS of Americans dying for an incompetent president who made a really big mistake.

7:46 AM  
Blogger R Platt said...

Editor -- that’s nonsense, and to which incompetent president are you referring . . . John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon? And just in case it's slipped your mind, our soldiers were sent to war by both the president and a majority vote of congress which includes Democrats, Republicans and Independents, but it is only the Democrats and others on the left that have abandoned them.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

R Platt,

They abandoned them? Sure, whatever.

1:54 PM  
Blogger suek said...

The resemblance is the willingness of the American press to do the propaganda on behalf of the enemy...

4:15 PM  

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