Discussion of warfare and conflict as pertaining to current events. Conflict can be non-armed, although it will be related to the armed conflicts of today.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Difference #2 between Iraq and Vietnam
I would like to clarify point #2 in the differences between Iraq and Vietnam:
The government of Iraq had been hostile to the United States for more than 10 years before the U.S. toppled its government. President Clinton went out of his way to avoid war. The U.S. bombings in Iraq during his administration were the result of radar locks on U.S. aircraft by Iraqi forces. The peace treaty signed in 1991 specified this as an act of war. This is thought of as being the same thing as shooting a missile at an airplane.
Vietnam in contrast, involved the United States armed forces to support its government, not topple it. The U.S. had been involved in South Vietnamese domestic activity well before the escalation in 1965. In Iraq, the U.S. did not become involved in domestic activity until after Saddam had been toppled from power. Then it became a matter of establishing a different government.
Many people believe that the war in Iraq is a domestic issue. This is undoubtedly true, although many other factors are of major impact as well.
I have been studying warfare for more than 40 years. While I know a great deal, nobody knows everything. I like to joke with my wife about how everyone is always right. You are wrong for only a few seconds on the issue, then you see the error, now you are correct! It is an easy habit to get into. Another way I look at it is that you see what you want to see. Everyone has prejudices. Knowing about them will help. However, you have to work at it. I try not to allow them to change what I am looking at. I believe that I even succeed from time to time. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.