Bush 2004: Comparing Iraq and Vietnam ‘Sends Wrong Message’ to Troops, Enemies



BONUS AUDIO CLIP
Bush: “Perhaps the most important lesson that I learned in Vietnam is that you cannot fight a guerrilla war with conventional forces.”

Today, George Bush lectured the country about the dangers of deploying out of Iraq by comparing leaving Iraq to the end of the Vietnam war. On “Countdown” tonight, MSNBC played a snippet from Bush at a news conference in 2004 literally bristling at the same comparison, and all but accusing those who made it of hating the troops and giving aid and comfort to the enemy:

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, April [2004] is turning into the deadliest month in Iraq since the fall of Baghdad, and some people are comparing Iraq to Vietnam and talking about a quagmire. Polls show that support for your policy is declining and that fewer than half Americans now support it. What does that say to you and how do you answer the Vietnam comparison?

THE PRESIDENT: I think the analogy is false. I also happen to think that analogy sends the wrong message to our troops, and sends the wrong message to the enemy.

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  • thomas
    August 22, 2007 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    message to the enemy.

    Oh, I get it now, its all so clear to me. THIS is the wrong message, but a group of ‘christians’ who call for the genocide of all arabs with nuclear weapons, the destruction of democracy, and everlasting evil, tyranny, enslavement and suffering for all humanity, and who count Dick Cheney and former CIA director R. James Woolsey as members of their Board of Directors.. thats the _right_ message?

    Unbelievable.

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