Not this time

The Weekly Standard
by Fred Barnes

01/29/07

[T]he painful lesson of Vietnam applies in Iraq: Don’t give up when victory is at hand. Those in Congress who advocate retreat in Iraq refuse to acknowledge this lesson. And they may have their way, whatever Petraeus accomplishes. With their calls for troop withdrawals and fund cutoffs and their antiwar resolutions, they have put America on a slippery slope in Iraq. And we know where it leads: to defeat while victory remains quite possible... [editor’s note: As I’ve predicted a number of times, a particular ghost of Vietnam is coming back to haunt us: The old “we could have won in Vietnam if it hadn’t been for those damn liberals and politicians” myth. Reality check: If the US had continued fighting in Vietnam until it achieved “victory,” the US would still be fighting in Vietnam today — and thirty years from now when people are still grumbling about how “we could have won in Iraq if it hadn’t been for …” the same thing will be true. Bottom line: Barnes and Co. are willing to sacrifice American blood by the gallon for no greater purpose than to evade the necessity of admitting that they’ve been wrong from the beginning - TLK]

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