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Finally it’s true: Iraq is not Vietnam anymore by mattsteinglass
July 25, 2008, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Iraq

Probably the single most significant fashion in which the Iraq War differs from the Vietnam War was just established this week, when Nouri al-Maliki said he wanted to set a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops.

No South Vietnamese government ever asked the US to set a timetable for withdrawal. The South Vietnamese government, as opposed to its people, wanted as many US troops as possible to stay forever. It’s impossible to imagine Nguyen Van Thieu giving an interview to Le Monde in 1972 in which he states his support for McGovern’s plan to withdraw all US troops from South Vietnam.

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