Eating the Apple

Eve did it. Adam did it. Now it's my turn to take a bite. Why not? Hey! It's delicious.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Deja Vu All Over Again

As I listened to President Bush give his plan for victory in Iraq, I kept feeling that I have been through this before during the 60's and 70's in the time of the Vietnam War.

President Bush offered a "light at the end of the tunnel" as he described the "Vietnamization" of the war against the insurgents.

There are other similarities between the two wars. In neither case was the United States attacked. The so-called Tonkin Gulf Incident was a fiction in Lyndon Johnson's mind. And contrary to what Colin Powell said at the United Nations, no "nexus" between Al Qaida has been found.

Both wars were started by United States officials who had an overweening confidence in their ability to control events in distant lands combined with abysmal ignorance of the history, culture, history, and aspirations of the Iraqi and Vietnamese peoples.

There is one big difference. In Iraq a 'Tet Offensive' has not happened.


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