The only thing I want to add to my post about the Bush speech is something my father hinted to in the comments section of that post. It is the fact that Vietnam was not a military defeat, by all measures the U.S. was winning every engagement and were inflicting heavy casualties on the V.C. and North Vietnam regulars. The reason Vietnam became a quagmire was because of the failings of the civilian leadership (“Hey Hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today”).
The lesson of Vietnam should be that we should never fight a war to tie. The lesson of Vietnam should be not to restrict bombing targets and mire the process in beauracracy. The lesson of Vietnam should be not to spend American lives without an obvious and open purpose.
Bush (and his team) have learned the lessons of Vietnam. The opening moments of the war were a series of precision guided bombs targeting Saddam. This never happened in Vietnam, there were no attempts to kill the North Vietnam leadership, Ho Chi Minh and Co.
Bush then went to war on the ground, and with precision the country of Iraq fell, with very few civilian or allied casualties. In the aftermath, attention was focused on all the characters in the Iraq’s most wanted card deck, and most of them were captured. Since then, we’ve assisted the Iraqis in forming a government and holding an election, we have trained a bunch of security forces (160,000 of them).
Not bad for 27 months of operations.
The only way to turn this event in our history to defeat is to listen to the likes of Senator Ted Kennedy, or to listen to Howard Dean. If we do that, remove our troops from the region, we leave Iraq defenseless, and chaos is likely to follow. If we allow that, we run the risk of turning Iraq into another Iran or Syria. If we did that, if we allowed that to happen, we condemn that region to further strife, and we invalidate the military sacrifices we have already made in Iraq.
The only road to victory for the terrorists is through the Democratic Party.
This is a test of fortitude. We cannot crumble under this pressure. If we show any weakness, we only invite further attacks on U.S. civilians. Ted Kennedy and Co are trying to reward terrorism. Let’s not allow that to happen.