The Fifth Horseman: Vietnam: Version 2.0

Monday, August 15, 2005

 

Vietnam: Version 2.0

Things have been looking pretty bleak for Dubya and the Chickenhawk Brigade. Between plummeting approval numbers, Cindy Sheehan's protest in Crawford, and increased discontent over the Iraqi Quagmire, things are beginning to look a lot like 1969.

That's right, folks: 1969...Vietnam.

Now, hysterical left-wingers, such as myself, have been comparing Iraq to Vietnam for a while. However, we are no longer alone in this feeling.

In fact, the Main Stream Media has been uttering the V-Word quite a bit in the past few weeks.

Indeed, Henry Kissinger himself has compared the Iraq War to Vietnam. (http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/15/us.iraq/index.html)

Kissinger drew several parallels between Iraq and Vietnam. Perhaps most chilling of all was the complete lack of any sort of objective. In his interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Kissinger said "...we cannot begin with an exit without having first defined what the objective is."

This is the same Catch-22 that kept our troops deployed in the Vietnam Slaughterhouse. Despite a lack of any sort of clear objective, LBJ kept U.S. troops deployed in Vietnam. This is exactly what is happening now. First the objective was finding the WMD, then the objective was building a stable Iraq democracy. When stability turned out to be impossible, the mission shifted to its current objective of "force preservation". Essentially, our troops in Iraq have the mission objective of "not getting killed".

What kind of mission is that? Wouldn't that mission be a whole lot easier if we brought the troops home, away from the war zone?

This is the question that Cindy Sheehan, and others like her, are asking President Bush. What are we fighting for? The administration still has yet to give the American people a straightforward answer to that question.

Our children are over there getting killed for nothing. Almost three years later, and the White House still hasn't told us what they're dying for.

It's time that we get the answers we deserve.

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