Originally Posted by pageta
However, I think it's important that we keep things in perspective and not make comparisons that aren't accurate.
You know, I've seen your posts around here (especially in the Disenfrachised Voters thread) and frankly, you're in no position to lecture anyone on what type of comparasions they can or cannot make or what's 'accurate'.
You gonna tell these Vietnam vets they can't make the comparison:
"In the case of Iraq and Vietnam, both they found out it's a long process. It takes much more time than expected and unfortunately a lot of lives can be lost in the process," Vietnam veteran Ashley Davis said.
"Another issue facing American soldiers in Iraq is the uncertainty of who's friend and who's foe, a constant battle inside the battle that Vietnam veterans also faced. In Vietnam, you had a hard time, many times knowing who the enemy was because they were farmers by day, fighters by night, and you have same problem in Iraq because you don't know necessarily who's the enemy," veteran Darrell Gilgan said."http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/1051316.html
"The last time the United States was enmeshed in a larger and more protracted conflict was in Vietnam a generation ago. Comparisons between the two are frequent now. The Iraq war marks the first time since Vietnam that U.S. troops have been involved in sustained combat for more than a few months. And for now, at least, the Iraq war seems to have no obvious end in sight.
"Part of the problem America faced in Vietnam was the inability to define the end — what President Lyndon Johnson called the "light at the end of the tunnel" — or to measure progress in getting there, says Andrew Krepinevich, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who now heads a Washington think tank.
"North Vietnam's willingness to sacrifice its sons guaranteed continuation of the fighting, Krepinevich says. The United States was not outfought. It was "out-bled" — the same strategy the jihadists apparently mean to duplicate in a different form today, he says."
Personally, I think the Vietnam comparison is apt in some ways but hardly a carbon copy. But the others I think that the Iraq adventure is somewhat similar to (Israel=Lebanon, Soviet Union=Afghanistan and France=Algiera) aren't real happy endings either.