Beware the lure of "phased withdrawal"

NewsDay
by Carolyn Eisenberg

11/26/06

Our pugnacious president visited Vietnam last week and found the lesson for Iraq: 'We'll succeed unless we quit.' In this reading of history, the United States was defeated in Vietnam because of a failure of will. If George W. Bush has his way, this won't happen again. U.S. troops are staying in Iraq. In his rigidity, Bush sounds eerily like President Lyndon Johnson, who could not acknowledge until too late his Vietnam policy was in shambles. But in the aftermath of the midterm elections, the calls for 'phased withdrawal' -- coming out of Congress, the Pentagon and the leaky Iraq Study Group -- evoke errors of the Nixon years...

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