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By Robert K. Brigham

Vietnam and Iraq are actually associated perpetually. yet a directly comparability among the 2 wars does injustice to stable historical past. during this revised and up-to-date version of Is Iraq one other Vietnam? historian Robert okay. Brigham exhibits how the similarities among Iraq and Vietnam light up comparable styles of U.S. overseas coverage habit. A Vietnam specialist, Brigham argues that the USA has became to a overseas coverage of growth in instances of exterior threat--or heightened probability perceptions--leading to restricted Congressional debate and oversight. the consequences were devastating. the large monetary hangover should be just one of the Iraq War's lasting legacies.

The mechanisms are in position for swap, yet to date the U.S. has performed little to change the process its overseas family. it's important that we observe the teachings of Vietnam correctly and selectively--in this conflict and sooner or later.

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In an asymmetrical war of attrition, insurgents will always trade resources for time. Time is the enemy of the more powerful and distant adversary. And finally, it is absolutely essential to understand the character and nature of the insurgency before you can have any political or military success against it. S. military planners made the tragic mistake of thinking that Vietnam was just like Korea. They assumed that guerrilla warfare in South Vietnam was just a precursor to a larger, more conventional invasion from North Vietnam.

For Lyndon Johnson, giving the Mekong Delta a New Deal facelift was equally problematic. The communists ignored his pleas to consider economic growth and development instead of war. Johnson, hopelessly out of touch with the realities of rural Vietnam, believed that everyone worldwide would embrace his New Deal. When Hanoi rejected his overtures, Johnson was crushed. He reportedly told aide Jack Valenti that Ho was out of his mind for choosing bombs over economic development. “My God, I’ve offered Ho Chi Minh $100 million to build a Mekong Valley.

And finally, it is absolutely essential to understand the character and nature of the insurgency before you can have any political or military success against it. S. military planners made the tragic mistake of thinking that Vietnam was just like Korea. They assumed that guerrilla warfare in South Vietnam was just a precursor to a larger, more conventional invasion from North Vietnam. S. military planning grew from this set of assumptions and American advisers trained the South Vietnamese army for this kind of war.

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