Iraq Is(n’t) Vietnam

Quick bullets from this WaPo article by Robert Cohen:

Iraq is not Vietnam

  • No united nationalist movement
  • No charismatic leader

Iraq is Vietnam

  • Confusing terrorism as a monolithic force a la communism
  • Reliance on reconstruction stats for rosy picture
  • US not fighting a united insurgency, Sunnis and others share goals but not vision
  • Reliance on foggy stats: number of Iraqi voters, other countries involved, money spent

Don’t forget high desertion rates and high suicide rates for soldiers.