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Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power, Brigham, Robert K.
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Author Name    Brigham, Robert K.

Title   Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power


Book Condition   Good

Publisher    PublicAffairs

ISBN Number    1586484990 / 9781586484996

Seller ID   SKU9143237

1586484990 Good. Light to moderate wear to covers/corners. Contains light to moderate highlighting, notes, underlining and/or other markings. Trade paperback binding. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

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Since the first days of the Iraqi invasion, supporters of the war have cautioned the public not to view this conflict as another Vietnam. They rightfully point to many important distinctions. There is no unified resistance in Iraq. No political or religious leader has been able to galvanize opposition to U.S. intervention the way that Ho Chi Minh did in Vietnam. And it is not likely that 580,000 American troops will find their way to Iraq.

However, there are two similarities that may dwarf the thousands of differences. First, in Iraq, like Vietnam, the original rationale for going to war has been discredited and public support has dwindled. Second, in both cases the new justification became building stable societies. There are enormous pitfalls in America's nation building efforts in Iraq as there were in Vietnam. But it is the business we now find ourselves in, and there is no easy retreat from it morally. As American frustration increases, some policy makers are making the deadly mistake of approaching problems in Iraq as if we are facing them for the first time. It is crucial that we apply the lessons of Vietnam wisely and selectively.

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