Question: Do you believe that the Iraq war is a repetition of the the Vietnam war?

Similarities to the Iraq war and the Vietnam war are as follow:


-We face in Iraq, like we did in Vietnam, an enemy who refuses to play by our rules and is clearly willing to die for his beliefs.

-Throughout the Vietnam War, especially in the early years, American officials deliberately misrepresented the enemy.

-There is also a failure in Iraq to understand and empathize with local mores and culture or the role of Islam in Arab society.

-There was no real plan for victory in Vietnam, and there appears to be none for Iraq.

-Vietnam and Iraq were both wars of choice. -And they are also similar in that deceit and misrepresentation was employed by the U.S. government, first to engage U.S. forces and then to keep them there.

-It is clear we had no idea what we were getting into when we marched into Vietnam, and the same appears true in Iraq.

-The April 2004 insurrection in Iraq could well have a political impact on the Bush administration similar to the impact of the 1968 Tet offensive on the Johnson administration

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Again, screwy right-wing radio answers to your good question.

    If the right-wingers think the war isn't going too well, it must be some hippies' fault (where are these elusive hippies? I have to admit I don't see them around much since the 70s). It couldn't be that the Republicans had the White House, the Supreme Court and both houses of Congress and therefore it was THEIR fault. Oh, heaven forbid!

    Of course there are huge similarities, and those of us who remember Vietnam were saying that loud and clear BEFORE we invaded Iraq. We could feel the similarities in government intention and administration lies even then. Yet somehow, these wingnuts want to blame the anti-war movement. Hey, dudes, WE WERE RIGHT. We said we shouldn't invade Iraq, and we were right. We said the government was lying, and we were right. We said it would turn into a quagmire, and we were right. We said there were no WMDs, and we were right.

    So now that everything we predicted before the war even started has come true, ithe tragedy of the war is somehow the anti-war movement's fault? You must have to twist yourself into a real pretzel to reach that conclusion.

  • 1 decade ago

    There are similarities. For that matter, there are quite a few similarities between that era, in general, and these first 7 years of the 21st century. It's probably mostly coincidence.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The major similarity is that in both wars, the American anti war movement is responsible for empowering the enemy. First, I do not advocate for them to be silenced, this is American and it is their right to speak. Second, people can get mad all they want but North Vietnamese General, General Giap, openly stated that after TET which was a northern disaster was used successfully by the anti war movement against US involvement, the north knew that they didnt need to win on the battlefield because it was only a matter of time until the Americans were forced to withdraw from within. Argue with him if you'd like but not with me. He would know what empowered them to hold on when they were preparing to give in.

    Of course the same people argue that someone fought back against the terrorist attacks of the 90s when Osama himself said it was the lack of response and hasty withdrawal from Somalia that showed him that he could attack the US at will and could even defeat it because Americans showed a lack of will and resolve to fight. Again, be mad at him but dont argue the facts because he said it in an interview 9 yrs ago.

    Man, more thumbs down than up, must of touched a nerve. It has to be rough to disagree with someone like Osama and General Giap who are quoted as saying these things in interviews. Did they just make it up? Are you calling them liars? It is them that we fought and are fighting. Wouldnt you think they knew what made/makes them hold on????

    Read a fricken book and learn a little about these people in their own words instead of running with American talking points

  • gone
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I don't believe it is a war in Iraq. It is an occupation. And we aren't leaving. Yes I see the similarities but I think the purpose (not the lies we've been fed) are different.

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  • Only if we let the insurgents take over, and so far we have been successful in not letting that happen. Some of the anti-war sentiment back home is the same, though.

  • Zardoz
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The similarities are striking. The Love it or leave it crowd is back, and are wrong once again. They can't see that this war is of no value to America and is bankrupting our country. Johnson was wrong, and so is Bush.

  • 1 decade ago

    Vietnam war was political.

    Iraq war was economical.

    The excuse of fighting terrorism and chemical weapon were good but not convincing.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, in that our hopes of establishing democracy and changing another cultures way of life are hopeless! You can't change centuries of living.

  • 1 decade ago


    The only similarity is hippies like you that hate this country and Socialists like Hillary Clinton that want to simply sign over our nation to the enemy

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no, more a chance for Rummy and Chaney who didnt get to finish the Vietnam war to thier liking to start a new one

    and of course not finish it to one ones likeing either! guess they havent changed

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