Thursday, August 23, 2007

Vietnam Analogy

Fire of Liberty

Now while the Democrats and the "experts" in the MSM are aghast that President Bush's would use our abandonment subsequent aftermath of the Vietnam War as an example of what would happen in Iraq if the United States pulled up stakes and left our allies on the lurch before the fight is over, there are several noted historians and military analysts who give credibility to the President's argument. Two experts who have made a career of studying the military and our actions in Vietnam are Mackubin Thomas Owens and Peter W. Rodman who have written several good pieces here and here offering some insight into how President Bush is right to use Vietnam as an analogy to what can happen if we fail to continue our counterinsurgency fight in the land between the two rivers. Aside from these important essays, here are several books out there that gives us a better understanding of how Vietnam is similar to Iraq(At least in the counterinsurgency and foreign and diplomatic policy of the fight.):

Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965
by Mark Moyar

A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam
by Lewis Sorley

Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam
by John A Nagl

Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972
by Lewis Sorley

The Savage War of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power
by Max Boot

*I'd say that this editorial from the New York Sun pretty much sums up the President's argument on Iraq.

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