Lesson from Vietnam: It’s time to cut our losses

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

08/28/07

It ill behooves an administration led by two who assiduously avoided the Vietnam War — Vice President Dick Cheney famously said he had other priorities than fighting for his country — to lecture the nation now on the lessons of its consequences. President Bush said last week that those who succumbed to calls to end the war would be responsible for the same tragedies that the end of Indochina wars unleashed. ‘Will today’s generation of Americans resist the allure of retreat?’ he asked. ‘Or will we bug out and leave Iraq to Khmer Rouge-like horrors?’ For those of us who spent some years in Indochina, living through that drawn-out catastrophe, there are indeed parallels with today. The president’s rousing claim that ‘a free Iraq’ is within our reach is the same drivel as was the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ to a previous generation...

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