Will Phase Three in Iraq end with helicopters flying out of the "green zone" in Baghdad? It all sounds so familiar.
The difference lies in the consequences. Vietnam did not have the devastating effects on U.S. power that Iraq is already having. On this point, those who deny the Vietnam-Iraq analogy are probably right. They are wrong, however, in believing that "staying the course" will have any result other than making the damage to U.S. power far greater than changing course and withdrawing sooner in as orderly a fashion as possible.
The author of these words is not some hippy or liberal... he is Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army (Ret.). He was Director of the National Security Agency from 1985 to 1988.
But that's okay - we all know that some random guy from Texas who never went to Vietnam is much better at knowing the ins and outs of war than a General who saw Vietnam firsthand and was also the Director of the NSA.
Pllllenty more about the situation in Iraq here: http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/54977