Baseball Crank
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July 11, 2005
WAR: Another Lesson of Vietnam

Wretchard makes an important point about Iraq:

Unfortunately, the more ferocious the Sunni attacks on the Shi'ites and Kurds, the less likely they are to agree on the expulsion of their guarantor. The Shi'ites and Kurds will remember the real lesson from Vietnam: how easily Washington abandons its allies after ground troops have been withdrawn. The American antiwar Left drew a peculiar and narrow lesson from Southeast Asia. For the rest of the world the moral of Vietnam is that if you are going to fight a war with American help it is essential to keep them engaged until victory or your entire constituency will wind up refugees.

For this reason, the creation of a new Iraqi constitution and government is of paramount importance to the US. The longer it stays in power, the more likely it is going to become a permanent fixture. By another irony which guerilla strategists may appreciate, it is America that wins in Iraq for so long as it is isn't defeated.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:28 AM | War 2005 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Oh, sure. And staying in an unwinnable and constantly deteriorating position is the BEST option?

When will you guys admit going to war on Iraq was a mistake?

Posted by: Isthmus Pith at July 11, 2005 10:36 AM

Based on what, Pith? Remember that the other option was leaving Saddam in power. I don't understand how you could find that an attractive option.

Posted by: Richard at July 14, 2005 2:20 AM
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