Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Iraq and Vietnam

Jonah Goldberg draws the parallels. And they’re particularly unfortunate for the defeatocrats:

“’I heard the same kinds of suggestions at the time of the end of the Vietnam War,’ Kennedy told NBC's Tim Russert, mocking the notion that we'd have a ‘great bloodbath’ with more than 100,000 dead. ‘And for those of us that were strongly opposed to the war, (we) heard those same kinds of arguments.’

Yes, but those arguments were right. Our withdrawal from Vietnam did contribute to a great bloodbath. More than a half-million Vietnamese died at sea fleeing the grand peace Kennedy and his colleagues orchestrated. And more than 1.2 million Cambodians died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, thanks to the power vacuum created by our ‘humanitarian’ withdrawal. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a presidential candidate, insists that a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq can't make things any worse. In 1975 he took a similar line: ‘The greatest gift our country can give to the Cambodian people is peace, not guns. And the best way to accomplish that goal is by ending military aid now.’ Someone rent Dodd a DVD of The Killing Fields.

Of course, the costs of defeat in Vietnam were hardly just humanitarian. America's loss at the hands of a small, comparatively weaker nation arguably prolonged the Cold War and has long served as an emboldening example to enemies eager to believe Uncle Sam has a glass jaw — from Saddam
Hussein to Osama bin Laden.”

I guess that if Teddy Kennedy and Chris Dodd don’t care about them, they must not be people.

And aren’t we still involved in the Balkans? Why no calls of quagmire? We’ve only been at it since 1999.