The announcement yesterday by President Bush that the Iraq War is similar to the Vietnam War is one of the most shameful examples of a politician doing a volte-face on an issue that I can ever recall.
This is the President who assured us prior to the start of the Iraq War that his administration had a plan for regime change, and that the "lessons of Vietnam" had been absorbed by the American military and his staff.
This is the President who consistently denied that Iraq was becoming another Vietnam in April 2004, as post-invasion Iraq began to sink into a sectarian civil war, telling us that the "analogy is false."
But now President Bush wants us to forget everything he has said in the past, arguing that post-invasion Iraq is, indeed, much like the Vietnam of the 1960s and 1970s. The text of President Bush's speech to the VFW is an exercise in selective history; he somehow believes that Vietnam would have benefited from a longer U.S. presence, and then tries to blame the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia on a pullout of U.S. troops from Vietnam.
This is a President who wants to doublethink his way out of the bloody debacle he foisted upon the American and Iraqi peoples, and who hopes that short memories will help him cover up his earlier dismissals of the specter of Vietnam.
Mr. President: there is still time for you to admit that you made a grievous error and end this travesty known as the Iraq War. Unfortunately, I suspect that your demonstrated recalcitrance will continue, and you will leave your term of office with even more blood of innocent Iraqi civilians and American soldiers on your hands.