General Raoul Cedras and other high-ranking officials "were on its payroll and are helping organize violent repression in Haiti.
The United States has, they argue, stumbled into another overseas?
Reasoning by historical analogy is an inherently risky business because no two historical events are completely alike and because policymakers? In the case of Iraq and Vietnam, extreme caution should be exercised in comparing two wars so far apart in time, locus, and historical circumstances.
In fact, a careful examination of the evidence reveals that the differences between the two conflicts greatly outnumber the similarities. This is especially true in the strategic and military dimensions of the two wars.
There is simply no comparison between the strategic environment, the scale of military operations, the scale of losses incurred, the quality of enemy resistance, the role of enemy allies, and the duration of combat.
Such an emphatic judgment, however, may not apply to at least two aspects of the political dimensions of the Iraq and Vietnam wars: It is, of course, far too early predict whether the United States will accomplish its policy objectives in Iraq and whether public support will?
But policymakers should be mindful of the reasons for U. Repetition of those failures in Iraq could have disastrous consequences for U. In their view, the United States has yet again stumbled into a foreign quagmire--a protracted and indecisive political and military struggle from which the United States is unlikely to extricate itself absent expenditure of considerable blood and treasure and abandonment of its policy objectives.
Conversely, proponents of the Iraq War and optimists over Iraq?
For them, the differences between the two wars vastly outnumber the similarities; the appropriate analogy is not Vietnam, but rather the total destruction of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan and their transformation into democratic allies. Still others believe some elements of Vietnam are present in Iraq--e.
The Vietnam War continues to influence American attitudes toward the use of force overseas, and the analogy of Vietnam has been a staple of critics of U. The Vietnam War was moreover a defining foreign policy event for the generation of political and military leaders now in power. It was also the last major counterinsurgency experience of the U.
Army and Marine Corps, which re-encountered the counterinsurgency mission in Iraq. Are there instructive comparisons between the U. If so, can those comparisons usefully inform current U.
Are there lessons from America? Indeed, what were the lessons of the Vietnam War?Capt. Alexander of Westwood, NJ, and Lt. Orlowski of Detroit, MI, died November 30, Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evac., and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evac. in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push.
JUST WAR AND IRAQ: I said below that I have yet to hear a satisfactory answer on why a quick war with Iraq would not be more just than the status quo of immiserating sanctions.
Now Glenn Reynolds links to a Michael Walzer essay on a war with Iraq that provides one response. The key grafs: "Defending the embargo, the American overflights, and the UN inspections: this is the right way to oppose.
So far, the data indicate that Americans have generally been more positive about George W. Bush's handling of the war in Iraq than about Johnson's handling of Vietnam, until Bush's Iraq approval ratings recently dipped into the lower 40% range.
The Iraq War started as a conventional war during the initial invasion. It evolved into a guerilla war in the months following the Fall of Baghdad in April The Vietnam War was a war of two political ideologies: nationalist forces supporting communism, and that of the free world forces opposed to communism.
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