By David Ryan, John Dumbrell
Greater than such a lot post-1970 conflicts concerning US forces, the clash in Iraq has been fought out opposed to a history of usually invoked thoughts from the period of the Vietnam struggle. The essays during this publication provide a chain of views on connections and parallels among the Vietnam battle and the 2003 invasion of, and clash in, Iraq. The participants fairly study the effect of the Vietnam analogy at the battle in Iraq, assessing the army tactical classes discovered from the Vietnam conflict and exploring the impression and patience of its legacy in US politics, tradition and international relations. the amount holds as much as unique interrogation a few in general held assumptions approximately historic analogy, and several other unusual experts at the Vietnam conflict period, specifically, provide their recommendations at the worth and applicability of Vietnam-Iraq parallels. If so much contributions indicate a few seen dissimilarities among the 2 eras, particularly the remodeled post-Cold conflict overseas surroundings, the similarities, really these on the subject of the issues of cultural false impression, also are obvious. Vietnam in Iraq can be of serious curiosity for all scholars and researchers of the Iraq struggle, strategic experiences, diplomacy and American politics.
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The aide cut him off. That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . 41 It seemed the rapture, as televangelists called it, had already come. But as the heady days of ‘mission accomplished’ and ‘bring ’em on’ disappeared from television screens, there was indeed a new reality confronting the nation.
El Salvador, to take another example, had sent 300 regular soldiers to stand in the ranks of the ‘Coalition of the Willing’, but twice that number worked for private companies doing everything from Kitchen Police (KP) duty to guarding oil installations and senior personnel. They came from far away Fiji, the Philippines and India. 39 Making money out of war is hardly a novel occupation, but in this instance it disguises the ‘costs’ of war – both in human and material terms. As recruiting difﬁculties continued to grow in the continental United States, the Pentagon upped enlistment bonuses and educational beneﬁts.
41 It seemed the rapture, as televangelists called it, had already come. But as the heady days of ‘mission accomplished’ and ‘bring ’em on’ disappeared from television screens, there was indeed a new reality confronting the nation. Mission accomplished became stay the course. After three years the number of casualties had risen to 2,300 deaths and over 16,000 wounded. Those were numbers for Americans only. ‘Enemy’ casualties were only estimates, because, as one general declared, ‘We don’t do body counts’.
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