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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Iraq is like Vietnam, But it's Also Not!

April 2004 prime time press conference:
"REPORTER: Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, April is turning into the deadliest month in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad, and some people are comparing Iraq to Vietnam and talking about a quagmire. Polls show that support for your policy is declining and that fewer than half Americans now support it. What does that say to you and how do you answer the Vietnam comparison?

THE PRESIDENT: I think the analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops, and sends the wrong message to the enemy. Look, this is hard work. It's hard to advance freedom in a country that has been strangled by tyranny. And, yet, we must stay the course, because the end result is in our nation's interest."

Oh, ok. I get it. Iraq is not like Vietnam. In fact even making the comparison is bad for the troops. This is just typical liberal troop hating left-wing media garbage. Fair enough.

But wait a minute.

August 22, 2007 Speech to the veterans of foreign war:
"Finally, there was Vietnam. This is a complex and painful subject for many Americans, and the tragedy of Vietnam is too large to be contained in one speech. So I will limit myself to one argument that has particular significance today. Then as now, people argued that the real problem was America’s presence and that if we would just withdraw, the killing would end.”

So when it doesn't help to serve his agenda Iraq is nothing like Vietnam. But when it does, let the comparisons roll!

What was that word the righties kept throwing at John Kerry? Man, I wish i could remember it.....Oh right. Flip Flopper.

**Side Note: This isn't really surprising seeing as Bush has compared Iraq to pretty much every other war including:
the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Korea! My only question for Mr. Bush is where is the comparison to the Barbary Wars where the U.S. bravely fought Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. Most likely because this war involved pirates. Yes, real bona fide pirates.



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