Thursday, October 19, 2006

Maybe The Next President Of The United States Should Be A Student Of History

President Bush gave an interview last night to George Stephanopoulos on ABC. In this interview he finally admitted that he saw some parallels between Vietnam and Iraq.

I think the world needs a US President that "has that deja vu feeling all over again". Perhaps if George W. had read history books in his youth rather than running failed businesses he would have spotted the similarities between Iraq and Vietnam a long time ago, possibly before the US went in. He might also have spotted the similarities between the client state put in place in Iran under the Shah and the client state put in place in Iraq. Is it the 60s or the 70s revisited? Maybe a little of both.

Watch it here at thinkprogress.org

Full transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: Tom Friedman wrote in the New York Times this morning that what we might be seeing now is the Iraqi equivalent of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968. Tony Snow this morning said, “He may be right.” Do you agree?

BUSH: He could be right. There’s certainly a stepped up level of violence, and we’re heading into an election.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But what’s your gut tell you?

BUSH: George, my gut tells me that they have all along been trying to inflict enough damage that we’d leave. And the leaders of al Qaeda have made that very clear. Look, here’s how I view it. First of all, al Qaeda is still very active in Iraq. They are dangerous. They are lethal. They are trying to not only kill American troops, but they’re trying to foment sectarian violence. They believe that if they can create enough chaos, the American people will grow sick and tired of the Iraqi effort and will cause government to withdraw

2 comments:

studmuffin23 said...

Yipes! What worries me most of all is that he says "Al Quaeda is still very active in Iraq--as if they have been active there all along, and not just after we invaded!I don't know which is worse--if he knows it's not true and he's lying, or if he is so dumb that he actually thinks it's true.

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