Are those who cite the Vietnam debacle as a precedent for the United States abandoning military action in the Middle East considering a vital difference between the two conflicts?
In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh merely wanted us out of his territory; he had no stated objective to destroy the United States of America.
In the Mideast today, Islamic terrorists vow — and implement whenever possible — death and destruction for America, Americans and America’s allies, including the fledgling democratic government in Iraq. And they have the near-term potential of major weapons to employ toward their ends.
There is no appeasing this sworn threat. It can only be countered and, with unflagging effort, run into the ground like Saddam in his hole!
— Dale Osborn, Camarillo