Is iraq like vietnam in a way?

United States
January 27, 2007 10:50pm CST
Are we heading to a vietnam type situation? is defeat imminent? was this war planned properly?
3 responses
@jayperiod (870)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Actually, there are a lot of striking resemblances. Having had relatives in both, I have been shown those similarities. First, in Vietnam, our troops were not allowed to shoot at certain people or positions. They were told they were there in an advisory position. They could not engage unless engaged, and then sometimes not even then. In Iraq, our troops are being told the very same thing. They are not being allowed to engage the enemy, sometimes because he is using civilians as a shield. This is not much different from when North Vietnam used children to carry bombs to soldiers. Second, the dissension here at home has grown to a fever pitch. People, congressmen even, are hurling insults and accusations at our troops regardless of the facts or circumstances. People are undermining our troops with their statements, even those who are doing so unwittingly. Without wanting to, these types of statements encourage our enemy and help his recruitment far more than the conflict itself. This war is one we can win. The biggest problem we have had since the ground phase began is that we have not had enough troops on the ground. Another problem has been border security. Terrorists are pouring over the borders with Iran and Syria unabated. But, if we can't secure our own borders, how can we expect to secure Iraq's. Training their troops takes time. I heard it mentioned a day or so ago that we are so upset that it has been four years and our troops are still there. Yet, it's been over 60 years and we still have troops in Germany. I think the bigger question is why has America lost it patience? If you look at the first two years of WWII, we were losing battles every day and were at the threshold of defeat. America pulled together and got behind our troops, and as a nation we were able to turn the tide on tyranny and win. Why can't we do that today? I have my guesses, but I'd like to hear from others.
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@ashumit02 (819)
• United States
28 Jan 07
not always the same events occur.I definetely say that america is super power whether he wins or loose,this time.
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
28 Jan 07
No,the war in Iraq is not like the one in Viet Nam,the Nam war was to fight communism. the Iraq war is a religious war that cannot be won by either side.