Limits of American power

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

10/24/06

The long shadow of Vietnam has a way of falling across the path America has chosen for itself in Iraq, blotting out the sunshine forecasts, and painting over optimistic progress reports in dark hues of deja vu. Nothing incenses the Bush administration more than the comparison. 'Quagmire' was never going to apply to Donald Rumsfeld's 'shock-and-awe' warfare. Thus it was amusing to watch the reaction of the White House apparatchiks last week when President Bush himself said it 'may be true' that the events in Iraq this month were similar to the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. The president was responding to a column by Tom Friedman of the New York Times...

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