Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A thought about Iraq

I can't remember where I was reading it, but the other day I stumbled across an article where the author was trying to explain why opposition to the conflict in Iraq seems to be relatively low key compared to opposition to the Vietnam war.

The answer is simple when one contemplates the Vietnam war for a few moments.

The Johnson administration's approach to the Vietnam, escalation, turned out to be a disaster. The Nixon administration's approach to Vietnam, Vietnamization, turned out to be relatively successful by comparison. So what approach does President Bush take in dealing with Saddham Hussein? He orders the absolute mimimum amount of escalation necessary to depose the dictator, then follows up with an immediate switch to Iraqization.

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