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Vietnam and Iraq

There has been much said concerning similarities between Iraq and the Vietnam conflict. As a Vietnam vet, I see none.

In Vietnam, an elected president circumvented the constitutional dictate that grants only congress the power to declare war by calling the aggression a “police action”. Remember? Fifty-eight thousand dead troops later, we had accomplished nothing.

In Iraq, an unelected president declared war on a totally ambiguous enemy and, based on faulty intelligence, ordered an attack on a convenient target. Again Congress shirks its responsibility through the War Powers Act.



In Vietnam we killed thousands of Communist farmers; in Iraq we kill Muslim merchants. In Vietnam we died for nothing; in Iraq we die for oil. What does sound familiar, though, is the rhetoric of the war mongers by whose reasoning we should all be speaking Vietnamese by now and all of Southeast Asia should be communist.

No, I see no similarities between these two undeclared wars except death, destruction, greed and stupidity. The Constitution was designed to protect the American ideal from misadventures such as these.The American ideal is at risk now.




John Keane

Nevada City


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