From the Google cache.
Date: 9/21/05 at 7:18PM
Mood: Thinking Playing: War, by Edwin Starr
From Associated Press:
WASHINGTON Sep 21, 2005 — Bush officials bristle at the suggestion the war in Iraq might look anything like Vietnam.
Yet just as today’s anti-war protests recall memories of yesteryear, President Bush’s own words echo those of President Johnson in 1967, a pivotal year for the U.S. in Vietnam.
“America is committed to the defense of South Vietnam until an honorable peace can be negotiated,” Johnson told the Tennessee Legislature on March 15, 1967.
Despite the obstacles to victory, the president said, “We shall stay the course.”
After 14 Marines died in a roadside bombing on Aug. 3, Bush declared: “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq.
And the job is this: We’ll help the Iraqis develop a democracy.”
According to the BBC:
Former foreign secretary [Conservative] Sir Malcolm Rifkind has meanwhile called Iraq a bigger “disaster” than Vietnam.
Sir Malcolm said Tony Blair should resign as prime minister over the issue of Iraq as it was “widely recognised” he went to war “on a false prospectus“.
There is a parallel with not just 40 years, but also with 64 years ago.
The “doth protest too much”, as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, style denials of any parallel between the Iraq and Vietnam wars remind me somewhat of November 1943 in the nazi occupied Netherlands.
Then, nazis put up posters everywhere with the slogan “1943 is not 1918”.
Indeed, in 1943 the German army did not yet suffer a final defeat like in 1918.
However, in 1945 the defeat would be much more devastating than in 1918.
Iraqi refugees today, January 2007: here.
How the Bush administration sold the war – and we bought it. We knew WMD intelligence was flawed, but there was a larger failure of officials, media and public to halt the neocon juggernaut: here.
This 1967 music video is the song ‘Superbird’ against Johnson’s Vietnam war, by Country Joe and the Fish.
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