History is bunk

Today’s Boston Globe:

Bush’s bold decision to compare Iraq to Vietnam, a conflict that took more than 58,000 American lives, caused a stir among political analysts and historians. They said most Americans regard the US involvement in Vietnam, which lasted for more than a decade, as a historic blunder and stinging military defeat.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Allan Lichtman, an American University historian, adding that far more Vietnamese died during the war than in the aftermath of the US withdrawal. Lichtman said the rise of the Khmer Rouge, a brutal pro-communist regime, could as easily be attributed to American interference in that country.

The president’s portrayal of the conflict “is not revisionist history. It is fantasy history,” Lichtman said.

Melvin Laird, secretary of defense under President Nixon from 1969 to 1973, said Bush is drawing the wrong lessons from history.

“I don’t think what happened in Cambodia after the war has anything to do with Iraq,” Laird said. “Is he saying we should have invaded Cambodia? That’s what we would have had to do, and we would have never done that. I don’t see how he draws the parallel.”



1 Response to “History is bunk”

  1. August 23, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    it wouldnt surprise me at all if Bush is trying to connect iraq/iran to vietnam/cambodia/laos.

    there seems to be a general trend that the politicians are justifying aggression against iran.


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Graham Davis lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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