history lessons for dummies
If I see one more post comparing today's Iraq bombings to the Tet Offensive I am going to blow up the internet.
There's a big difference between 70,000 troops marching into 13 cities and a few crazed suicide bombers trying to resist what others in their country want: freedom.
The attack by the Vietcong stunned the country as well as the president. I don't think anyone is stunned by the suicide bombings in Iraq. We know that there are enemies among us there. We know that there are factions that want to keep a Saddam-like government in control.
In the Tet Offensive, the Vietcong lost about 10,000 men. The U.S. lost 500.
500. In one shot. We have not lost that many soldiers by a longshot since this war began, nevermind in one day.
Here's what gets me about the people who are screaming "VIETNAM!" over and over: they are screaming it gleefully. It's an "I told you so" attitude and with every soldier that dies, every bomb that explodes, they lick their lips watch the polls, hoping Bush's numbers go down.
And perhaps that's what they mean by comparing this to the Tet Offensive; after all, that was probably the moment that Lyndon B. Johnson lost any chance he had at a second term. Which is why the Bush haters are hoping this is just like Vietnam.