In contrast to President Bush's dark comparison between Iraq and the bloody aftermath of the Vietnam War last week, there is another, comforting version of the Vietnam analogy that's gained currency among policy makers and pundits. It goes something like this:SHOCKING!!!!
After that last helicopter took off from the U.S. embassy in Saigon 32 years ago, the nasty strategic consequences then predicted did not in fact materialize. The "dominoes" did not fall, the Russians and Chinese did not take over, and America remained No. 1 in Southeast Asia and in the world.
But alas, cut-and-run from Iraq will not have the same serendipitous aftermath, because Iraq is not at all like Vietnam.
[ cf If Iraq Falls ]
How can such radical left wing extremist god hating america bashers brutally stab our valiant fighting forces in the back merely to Suck Up to Murdoch and friends from the Faux News Hour???
ah yes.... the sheer amusement that these God Hating America Bashers have opened up their Knight of the Long Knives, in goose step with Billy Kristol of the the American StandardtenFueher, and are all seeking to make it one happy high colonic cleansing as they shoot across the room from their former fabled great leader....
Ah yes.... the arguments by analogy from history would have been a lovely talking point, but in the context of having trampled history under foot as merely the fodder for the plebian masses. I fear that they have shot off most everything below their waistes....