Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bush: withdrawing from Iraq would be like withdrawing from Vietnam

No, really, he said that!!

BBC - President George W. Bush has warned a US withdrawal from Iraq could trigger the kind of upheaval seen in South East Asia after US forces quit Vietnam.

"The price of America's withdrawal was paid by millions of innocent citizens," he told war veterans in Missouri.

I may have been born five years after the 1975 U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam, but it seems to me that continuing the war into my infancy wouldn't have helped much. On the other hand, the withdrawal undoubtedly saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of American troops. As for the Vietnamese, well, they seemed angrier by our presence than what was in store for them if our forces left.

"Many argued that if we pulled out, there would be no consequences for the Vietnamese people," Mr Bush said. "The world would learn just how costly these misimpressions would be."

For someone whose words and policies suggest such little regard for his fellow Americans, Bush seems to care an awful lot about Iraqis and other people we bomb. He's really going to the mat for them, in a way that would be admirable in most other circumstances. I'd say it was because they have oil, but Louisianians do too and he didn't give the Gulf Coast the time of day. Is he really that into war? I'm perplexed.

Patience is a virtue only when virtuous deeds are involved. Somebody should pass that on to our fearless leader.

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