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.
Read or Download Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power PDF
Similar middle east books
This can be a arguable examine of the origins of Islamic civilisation, first released in 1977. by way of studying non-Muslim assets, the authors indicate the intimate hyperlink among the Jewish faith and the earliest kinds of Islam. As a major, scholarly try and open up a brand new, exploratory direction of Islamic historical past, the e-book has already engendered a lot debate.
Moment lifestyles used to be first released in 1995. "Having sat out the U. S. civil rights flow and the Vietnam struggle protest in the course of the sixties, I joined my first reason within the past due eighties, a middle-aged educational at the different part of the area. " So writes Janet Varner Gunn, who from 1988 to 1990 took day out from collage educating to do human rights paintings at the West financial institution.
The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made to be had edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and protecting voyages to the recent global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India.
The second one conflict for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, came about over a virtually two-month interval, from November 7 to December 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ largest conflict in Iraq thus far, it used to be so lengthy and fierce that it has entered the pantheon of USMC battles along Iwo Jima, Inchon, and Hue urban.
- 9-11: Was There an Alternative? (Open Media Book)
- Palestine between Politics and Terror, 1945–1947: The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies
- Hezbollah: A Short History (Updated edition) (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)
- Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians (3rd Edition)
Additional info for Iraq, Vietnam, and the Limits of American Power
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.