Pentagon Official Obama ISIS Kennedy Vietnam Similarities | The Daily CallerJoseph Miller is the pen name for a ranking Department of Defense official with a background in U.S. special operations and combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has worked in strategic planning.
The war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is not a continuation of Operation Iraqi Freedom, nor is it Gulf War III: This is President Barack Obama’s Vietnam.
Early on in the Iraq War, political pundits on the right and the left began to draw comparisons to the Vietnam War because at that point, it appeared as though Iraq was on a glide path to becoming an unwinnable quagmire. The surge of U.S. forces ordered by President George W. Bush, however, was able to turn the tide against the insurgency and al-Qaida, allowing the fledgling Iraqi government to gain a foothold and establish its legitimacy.
But almost eight years later, Iraq has finally become what those pundits described– another Vietnam. And the historical parallels are eerily similar.
So, Joseph Miller compares the two presidents and the two wars they had to fight. I should say, this is a pretty good analysis, and the two stories indeed look alike. This takes us to two main questions:
1. Do presidents study history and draw lessons from it? Cause at the moment it seems they don’t.
2. Is the Iraqi war going to end just as the Vietnamese, becoming the shame of the country? Cause at the moment it seems it is.