Monday, December 05, 2005

As bad as Vietnam?

Vietnam: jungle to hide in Iraq: desert you can not hide in Vietnam: Soviet sponsored weapons shipments Iraq: no outside power supporting heavy weaponry Vietnam: 20 year experience in insurgency tactics Iraq: no prior insurgent leaders before liberation of Baghdad Vietnam: 59,000 American dead Iraq: 1750 combat dead Vietnam: SAM Missiles to shoot down USAF assets by the hundreds Iraq: Infrequent shoulder launchers downing a handful of helicopters Vietnam: charismatic revolutionary leader Iraq: no charismatic leadership, only murderous cult figure Vietnam: ability to ambush entire battalions of US troops Iraq: can not even launch direct attacks on Iraqi ISP Other than this, the two situations are the exact same.

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